Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s bike team finished 8th in last year’s annual Little 500. With the 2015 race quickly approaching we decided to meet with the bike team and discuss their progress. Team captain Andy Krahulik, Junior, discussed the team’s training during the summer: “We did not have any formal training together this summer, but we each trained individually as much as we could to prepare for this year.”
Krahulik personally trained at the Velodrome race track in Indianapolis, concurrently competing in the Kentucky and Indiana state championships. He managed to bring back 2 bronze, 2 silver, and 2 gold medals with a team of other Indiana University riders. Bike team members Stephen Bonica, Mitchell Sasseman, Jake Hartmeister, and Arjun Sridhar trained at their personal training facilities in Chicago, Carmel, and Minnesota respectively.
With the start of the fall semester, the team’s training has become more consolidated and scheduled. “Training throughout this semester has been much more rigorous and cosnsistent,” Krahulik iterated, “We each try to put in around 150-200 miles per week.” The team does weekly group rides to nearby locations, such as Brown County, pushing each other to get better.
In particular, the captain commented on the improvement of one specific member. “Arjun Sridhar has been very passionate and strong this semester,” Krahulik said, “His improvement is indicative of his work ethic and dedication. He has proven to be one of our better riders as of now.”
Sridhar and the rest of the bike team members brought their A game to multiple events this weekend as a part of the Fall Cycling Series. On Friday team members participated in individual time trials, then on Saturday the Kirkwood street sprints, and finally culminated the weekend with a team cyclocross event. SAE team 2 finished 12th in the cyclocross event. SAE team 1 finished 24th Below are each members results:
- Time Trial: 2:35.72, 3rd overall
- Street Sprints: 00:16.98, 16th overall
- Time Trial: 2:43.05, 26th overall
- Street Sprints: 00:17.577, 31st overall
- Time Trial: 2:43.60, 29th overall
- Street Sprints: 00:16.901, 15th overall
- Time Trial: 2:44.36, 31st overall
- Street Sprints: 00:17.511, 31st overall (broken chain)
- Time Trial: 2:46.78, 43rd overall
- Street Sprints: 00:20.101, 70th overall (broken chain)
All of these events were a good gauge of the team’s training progress, and a look at their growth and potential. Having lost three senior riders after Little 500 last year, it is up to the younger riders to step up to reach their goal of a top 3 finish in the competition.
The bike team will continue to work hard throughout the semester, and plan to travel to Texas for training over Winter Break.
More updates on the bike team will come later this semester.