UofL Cycling and Triathlon competes simultaneously in 3 cities, earns 3 wins.

By Abner Miralda

Louisville, Ky. — UofL Cycling and UofL Triathlon have historic weekend, earning three wins, two podiums, and two top-10 finishes simultaneously. Mark Renn earned wins in the Down Hill and Four-Cross disciplines in St. Louis, Mo. while Rikus Van Zyl rode to the top spot in a cyclocross race in Cincinnati, Oh. UofL Triathlon earned two top-10 finishes in Dayton, Oh.

Mark Renn opened up the MWCCC collegiate mountain bike season with dominating wins in the B class downhill and dual slalom events hosted by Lindenwood University. Renn’s downhill time of 2:52 would have placed him in 4th in the A class, a handful of seconds outside the podium. Renn is trying to become the first Cardinal to qualify and compete in the USA Cycling collegiate MTB nationals. To see the full MTB results, click Here.

In Dayton, UofL Triathlon competed in the University of Dayton Sprint Triathlon. Mike Baird led the Cardinals with a 4th place finish, gaining time on his opponents with the fastest transitions in the top-5 finishers. Newly added athlete Nick Reader sprung ahead into 6th place overall with the second-fastest run of the day, averaging 5:29/mile. Emma Coakley continues to outswim the competition, finishing the first leg 1st in the women and 4th overall. She went on to finish 10th in the women’s field. Evan Cruson and Sam Dugan finished their first triathlons for UofL Triathlon 24th and 29th respectively with breakthrough bike legs. To see full Triathlon results, click Here.

The UofL Cycling cyclocross initiative hit the season opener in Cincinnati successfully with Rikus Van Zyl winning the Cat 5 race while Jacob Holtgrewe rounded out the podium in 3rd. John Francisco finished 3rd in the Elite/1/2 race while equipment troubles dropped Ben King to 49th in the same race.  To see the full results of Harbin Park, click Here.

This is the first time the SCC has been split into three races in three disciplines.

UofL Cycling and Triathlon are supported by Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

Members of UofL Triathlon after finishing the Dayton Sprint Triathlon.
Members of UofL Triathlon after finishing the Dayton Sprint Triathlon.
Rikus Van Zyl rides through sand in Harbin Park.
Rikus Van Zyl rides through sand in Harbin Park.
Mark Renn in his jersey.
Mark Renn
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Four Cardinals Compete in Triathlon Conference Championships

By Abner Miralda

Muncie, Ind. — Building on Mike Baird’s 2nd place finish at Michigan State, Cards earn a top-25 in the Men’s event and a top-15 in the Women’s group. The unique distance Muncie Man Triathlon served as the MECTC Conference Championship.

The difficult Muncie Man Triathlon featured a 1.5k swim, a 61.8k bike, and a 15k run. An Olympic triathlon typically consists of a 1.5 k swim, 40k bike, and a 10k run.

With double MECTC point-values at stake, Cardinals Mike Baird, Rikus Van Zyl, Nicole Knapp, and Emma Coakley turned out excellent results for the new team. Baird led the group in 23rd place with a time of 2:26:16, saving the day with swift transitions and dashing bike and run legs. Van Zyl, best known for his memorable performances for UofL Cycling, finished 39th in the men’s field of 63. His best leg of the race was the bike, with a time of 1:11:19.

Nicole Knapp led the women with a 15th place finish, pushing ahead with an overall time of 2:56:13. Knapp excelled in the run with a time of 48:15, placing herself in 2nd place behind eventual winner Elaine Sheikh of Michigan State. Emma Coakley slotted in at 31st in the women’s category, blazing ahead to 15th overall in the swim portion, 2nd in the women’s group only behind Meredith Bell from the University of Michigan.

Previously, Mike Baird finished 2nd overall in the Michigan State Spartan Sprint Triathlon on August 15. Baird became the first UofL Triathlon athlete to compete in the MECTC since the team was reinstated.

At the time of publication, the conference standings had not been updated. UofL Triathlon sits in 14th place ahead of Purdue University. The team is preparing to race at the University of Dayton Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, September 13th, in Dayton, Ohio.

UofL Triathlon is a partner of UofL Cycling and is operated by the Student Cycling Coalition, Presented by Evergreen Rehabilitation.

Rikus Van Zyl in the 60k bike leg of Muncie Man Triathlon on Sept. 5, 2015.
Rikus Van Zyl in the 60k bike leg of Muncie Man Triathlon on Sept. 5, 2015.
The 96-strong collegiate field in the water.
The 96-strong collegiate field in the water.
Emma Coakley runs out of the water into transition. She had the 2nd fastest women's swim.
Emma Coakley runs out of the water into transition. She had the 2nd fastest women’s swim.