Cycling Facility Upgrade

Although the beautiful Indiana gamma chapter house that sits at 1115 North Jordan Avenue is only just over a year old, there is always room for improvement. Recently, this improvement came in the bike room. Tired of training in a gray, un-inspiring concrete cell, the team decided to paint the facility, as shown below:

Krahulik painting

Andy Krahulik applies some finishing touches

Jake Hartmeister, a member of the bike team, said, “Before it got painted, it was like training in a closet. Now it feels like training at home”. This upgrade wouldn’t have been possible without the captain of the bike team, Andy Krahulik, bike team member Mitch Sasseman, and brothers Nick Prewitt and Max Douglass. Krahulik created the design, and free-handed the writing on the wall. Douglass was a vital part of the team due to his supervision skills and expert guidance and critiquing. Prewitt, Krahulik, and Sasseman possessed the art skills that came in handy when physically painting the wall.

Max Douglass preps the project.

Max Douglass preps the project.

The chapter thought that painting the bike room would be a good way to give back to the bikers who spend so much hard work and dedication to perfect their craft and bring pride to the chapter. There was also a desire to highlight Indiana Gamma’s unique history and display pride in SAE’s staple colors of gold and purple.

Mitchell Sasseman rolls on some purple paint.

Mitchell Sasseman rolls on some purple paint.

When asked whether the new design will boost team morale, bike team member Arjun Sridhar, responded, “Absolutely, nothing gets me pumped like SAE purple and gold.” This new addition to the bike room will most definitely help in the quest for a little 500 trophy, while also doubling as a great photo op. We’re proud to have provided this enhancement to the house.

Captain Andy Krahulik and cycling team member Arjun Sridhar ride rollers in the newly improved training room.

Captain Andy Krahulik and cycling team member Arjun Sridhar ride rollers in the newly improved training room.

 

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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.