Marian University is the site for the 15th annual Marian
Midwest Cycling Classic this Saturday, April 2, and what promises to once again be a
full day of exciting collegiate and elite competition. The popular racecourse is a 2.5 km circuit that winds
through the Marian University campus and the Lake Sullivan Sports Complex on the city's near-Westside.
Morning races feature collegiate men and women's teams, and
the home team Marian Cycling Knights are the ones to beat in both the NCCA Women's 'A' race at 11:55 and the Men's 'A' at 12:50.
Over the past few weeks, riders for Marian have logged
impressive finishes around the Midwest. At Notre Dame last weekend, the men's
team took five of the top ten places at the finish, just as they did two weeks
prior at the 'Mizzou' race in Columbia, Missouri.
Weston Ludzadder, who also rides for NUVO Cycling, has been
leading the Knights to success in these early races, including a big victory at the Mizzou. Currently,
Ludzadder holds the top spot in individual rankings for the Midwest Collegiate
Cycling Conference (MWCCC), with Marian teammates Jackie Simes, Adam Leibovitz,
Alex Wieseler, Rob Bush and Joe Kukolla taking the next five spots.
In the women's competition, top-ranked Marian rider
Jacqueline Kurth is joined by teammates Anna Young, Allie Dragoo, Kaitlin
Antonneau in the current top ten standings MWCCC standings, giving the Knights
ample strength and talent to pull off a win in the Women's A at home on Saturday.
Depending on how the morning races go, Ludzadder and Kukolla may
join other NUVO riders for the Cat 1/2/3 race at 2:45.This will be the first major face-off
for local teams; the field is limited to 100 contending for $300 in prize
money. Riders can register at www.truesport.com.
Cyclists and spectators must enter campus through the 30th Street entrance and
follow signs to parking in front of the physical education center and CIVIC
theater. Race start/finish will be located on Cold Spring Road in front of