Winds of Change

24 Jan

With racing completed, indoor training and a new team took up my focus. Through the summer I hosted Monday Night recovery rides featuring cup cakes and/or beers. Although I’d like to think the emphasis on community was the draw, I suspect the sugary sweets and libations had more to do with the success, drawing several new riders to the BIT Community. Thanks to the Monday rides, registrations for the fall and winter jumped by 33%, so I knew I’d have to teach more than I had the previous year. And really, the teaching is why I do this. No matter what you teach, guide, counsel or otherwise lead, it is always a two way street. I embrace new folks because I believe every person who crosses one’s path has something they, too, can teach you. I appreciate the things new folks share with me.

Monday Night Crew

Monday Night Crew

More important than my own gratification however, was the new energy brought to the group by several new members. Stand-bys Dr. Wilkes, Dr. Stevens, Dan Cole and Preston Conrad provided a stable environment and fertile grounds for regular trash talking such that new members were comfortable within the first class. It was a pleasure re-acquainting with Matt Jourdan and getting to know the new folks to this year’s program: Derek Mantyla, Mark Willingham, Richard Breedon, Christy Van Vleet, Elaine Reed, Andy Ording, Blake Fahl, Roger Burrus, Roland Heining, Steve Helms, Brandon Thompson, and Dave Margerum.
From this group Christy Van Vleet emerged as the most improved rider during the fall session. Congrats to Christy and to all the riders in the fall session, as every rider improved their power output from the first time trial in week 1 to the final time trial in week 7 by an average of 8.5%. We look for even more improvement through the 8-week winter training session.

Largest classes ever

Largest classes ever

On the racing side, I was invited to join a new team for 2014. The long-standing MOB Squad folded after 2013 because Team Director, Mario Comacho, no longer had the time to run the club. Being a Fishers, IN based squad and closely aligned with The Heroes Foundation, MOB riders transferred to The Heroes team. Motion Cycling and Fitness has sponsored The Heroes for many years and served MOB riders for several seasons as well. Last year Motion began a U23 Elite development team with much success.
Out of the Mob/Heroes merger and under the Motion Elite umbrella, an elite Masters team was formed. Headlining the new team is Court Maple. Court’s pedigree is known far and wide but a brief recap is in order: After graduating college Court spent a summer racing in Belgium, garnering enough success to receive invitations to join professional development teams. But Court was eager to get on with his life and career, so he came home and chose to focus on family and a career. A successful husband, father, businessman and racer for 20 years now, Court had a super season in 2013, winning several races including Ft. Wayne, Indy Crit. and the Mass. Ave. Criterium. It will be an honor racing with Court.
Other new teammates include the newly-turned-masters-aged Chris Richter, owner of Motion Cycling and Fitness; Don Birch, the long time director of The Heroes team, and Harry Clark, winner of over 100 races in his stellar career. Complimenting the group are Bloomington riders Karim Abdelkader, winner of ABR Masters 40+ National Championship Criterium in 2013, Tom Cox and Hans Ibold. Rounding out the squad will be Vic Emond, Ryan Tragesser, Alan Standley, Scott Perry, Michael Langon and Randy Coddington. Old guys (50+) Jim Creamer, Rob Norwalk, Damian Maggos and myself will use our canes and walkers to tame the geriatric crowd. We look good on paper however, lycra may be another matter. Here’s to a successful and fun 2014.

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