- Weston Luzadder won the 30 km points race.
- Mark Lee
Major Taylor Velodrome; Sept. 15-17.
This weekend marked the National Championship for Collegiate Track Cycling. Events took place at the Major Taylor Velodrome, starting with time trails on Thursday, and carrying through the weekend, with finals on Saturday evening.
Over 175 athletes, representing 35 colleges and universities, competed in Division I and Division II events. Racers from all over the country converged in Indianapolis.
Overall, Marian University won Division I, with 1,004 points. They were followed by Fort Lewis College, Midwestern State University, Lees-McRae College, and Lindsey Wilson College. The US Military Academy won Division II, followed by MIT and Cumberland University.
On Saturday, the men’s 30 km points race was the best of both worlds: endurance and sprints. This was the longest race — 90 laps, and one of the most exciting to watch. Marian had 3 men in the finals: Weston Luzadder, former NUVO rider and a junior from Carmel; Alex Wiseler, a senior from Indianapolis; and Colton Barrett, a sophomore from St. Paul, MN. They pulled off a win with a time of 3:32.508, beating out the University of Colorado by less than two seconds. Lees-McRae College came in third in that race.
The men’s 30km was followed by the women’s sprint finals, which was so entertaining to watch, you wondered why the stands weren’t absolutely packed just for that. Only two riders are on the track at a time, for 2 laps, which means, rather than an all-out sprint, they sort of tease their way around the first lap — all concentration focused on the other rider. Then, one or the other decides that they can go for it, and whenever this happens, the riders go from a creep to full-force sprint. The crowd loves it. Marian’s Coryn Rivera won the women’s sprint race and the women’s individual omnium.
Marian University Cycling spokesperson Julie Kukolla said that it’s been a real team effort to have the event in Indy this year. “We’re really thrilled to host the championship; we’re really glad to have the support of the city. This is an event that’s been all over the country — San Diego, Colorado Springs. We’ve just had a great time.”
Fans were lucky enough to experience Food Truck Friday at the Velodrome, and hear the Marian University band play the national anthem. Kukolla emphasized her appreciation. “The support from the community has really been outstanding,” she said.