In the third weekend of 2011 collegiate racing,Marian University cyclists
continued to rack up the victories. And topping the podium once again was Marian’s Weston Luzadder, who also rides for the NUVO Cycling Team.
Luzadder and Marian teammates took the top five places at Saturday’s “Mizzou” race in Columbia, MO.
According to Marian/NUVO cyclist Joe Kukolla, who finished fifth, “It was a great rolling course with one decisive hill and plenty of wind from all directions to break things up and make the race interesting,”
Luzadder and Kukolla were off the front from about the six-mile mark on the first of two 35-mile laps. The pair rode roughly five more miles before being caught by a chase group containing six or seven other Marian riders, as well as Purdue/NUVO rider Drew Otte and IU’s Eric Young (former NUVO rider now racing for Bissell).
By the midway point of the first lap, the breakaway had cut the contenders down to one-third of those who'd started. Not too long after, Luzadder made his move -- blowing off the group out front and riding solo for nearly thirty miles before crossing the finish line unchallenged.
Otte described it as “typical of any other collegiate weekend: watch the Marian guys attack, follow, watch the next set of Marian guys attack, follow, and then watch Wes ride away from the field again.
Congratulations to all the local collegiate riders who did so well!
1 Weston Luzadder (Marian/NUVO)
2 John Simes (Marian)
3 Rob Bush (Marian)
4 Alex Wieseler (Marian)
5 Joe Kukolla (Marian/NUVO)
6 Hogan Sills (Purdue)
7 Drew Otte (Purdue/NUVO)
Full results for the Mizzou road race are available here.
Meanwhile, three other NUVO riders headed to the Long Run Circuit Race in Louisville, KY -- Jonathon Jacob, Brett Stewart and Brad Schaffer. Unfortunately, the guys missed the winning break and subsequent attempts to bridge or establish a secondary one.
“All-in-all, it was good fun and nice warm-up to what I hope is a great season of racing!” said Jacob.