The 2009 cycling season gets its unofficial kick-off this weekend at the Marian College Midwest Cycling Classic. The criterium course is a mile-winding loop on the Marian College campus and adjoining city streets that is flat and well-paved with a wide and long finishing straight, making for an exciting course for riders and spectators.
Beginning at 9 a.m. April 5 on the Marian College campus , NCAA men's and women's races will feature the best local collegiate riders from IU and Purdue, though the Marian cyclists are likely to dominate as they consistently take top prizes in both road and track cycling. Last September, Marian won its third straight and 11th collegiate track national championship.
Look for Indianapolis native and Marian freshman Adam Leibovitz to be a contender throughout the day. Leibovitz represented the United States at the Junior World Championships in Cape Town, South Africa, in July 2008 and returned home to capture the USA Cycling National Junior Time Trial Championship in California before starting his tenure at Marian.
The day of races ends with what is sure to be a real contest. Category 1/2/3 male riders will race for a $500 prize in a race that begins at 2:30 p.m. It's the first local race of the season for the NUVO/Cultural Trail Cycling Team, including Declan Doyle, who is currently the state road and criterium champion.
For more information on the race, including registration information, go to www.marian.edu/athletics or www.truesport.com.