Andy Krahulik Takes more Gold

Gamma Cycling was at it again this past week, with the Thursday Night Race Series kicking off at Bill Armstrong Stadium.  This event consists of three separate types of races in which riders use different strategies.  Junior rider Andy Krahulik has been very successful in the series thus far, posting impressive times and leaving the track with a victory in one of the events.  The first race was a scratch race in which there were a set number of laps, and the first to cross the finish line was the winner.  Andy did not compete in this event as he missed the beginning of his race while aiding a female rider who had fallen in the previous race.

In the second event of the night, Andy participated in the “Miss ‘n Out” portion of the series.  In a race that consisted of nearly 25 riders, the last to reach the finish line in each lap was eliminated until there were three riders left.  Krahulik comfortably cracked the top three in his heat, meaning he was part of the final lap that decided the top three positions.  Riding with Andy on the final lap were two members of the Cutters, a well known independent team.  Although he did not come away with gold, Andy posted the fasted lap of the event in a lap that saw him chase down one of the Cutters in the final two hundred meters.

In the third and final event of the evening, points were awarded to riders every five laps depending on their position within the pack.  Andy took full points in the opening fifth of the twenty-five lap race, earning five points towards his eventual total.  Going into the final portion of the event, he had accumulated eight points to set him up for a great final lap that saw him sprint around the rider who had defeated him in the previous race.  With this, Andy again took full points, giving him a grand total of thirteen, which was good enough to bring home the victory.

“Overall, the races went very well.  I felt extremely comfortable on the track and enjoyed racing with everyone”, the junior said.  The Thursday Night Race Series does not count for anything towards the spring season, Andy was quick to note that, “they are helpful for identifying racers and improving riders’ comfort on the track.”  Gamma Cycling will continue training and competing in the months leading up to the race as the team hopes to improve from their finish in the spring.

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SAE Bike Team Update October 2014

Andy on Bike

Bike team captain Andy Krahulik never stops training.

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:

Andy Krahulik

  • Time Trial: 2:35.72, 3rd overall
  • Street Sprints: 00:16.98, 16th overall

Arjun Sridhar

  • Time Trial: 2:43.05, 26th overall
  • Street Sprints: 00:17.577, 31st overall

Mitchell Sassemen

  • Time Trial: 2:43.60, 29th overall
  • Street Sprints: 00:16.901, 15th overall

Jacob Hartmeister

  • Time Trial: 2:44.36, 31st overall
  • Street Sprints: 00:17.511, 31st overall (broken chain)

Stephen Bonica

  • 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.