First week of school

college-freshman

The first day of class is less than two weeks away and we’re preparing vigorously to start the semester on a firm stroke (oh yes). The next few FASETs are the last chance to appeal to a captive audience of freshmen; after número 7, we have a full weekend of open racing at EAV and Grant Park, the last hurrah of the summer before mountain season is in full swing.

Our first meeting is on Monday the 19th at 8PM in CRC 249. This one’s for the curious and mildly interested, no cycling jargon here, just come and hang out. We’ll have a low key night with free pizza, conversation and lots of Q&A. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll get a tap for the Cypress Street after-party. Maybe. But you gotta be cool.

That first week we’ll have easy rides everyday and then we head to the Dick Lane Velodrome on Saturday where we’ll be hosting our very first Collegiate Track Cup. It’s a perfect chance for any of you beginners to get a taste of racing AND get certified for the track, for only $30! It’s normally $60. The next day, for folks who like to get dirty, we’ll go up to the trails at Blanket’s Creek for a mountain bike skills camp with ORGT. This one’s completely free. And Monday we’ll have another meet n’ greet for all you bums that missed the last one.

It’s gonna be an action packed week, so hold off on that homework and skip the freshmen hall socials. You won’t want to miss this!

Check our calendar page to keep up to date with all our upcoming events.

Georgia Southern

*Pictures to come! In the mean time check out the GT Cycling Club Facebook page for any pictures that have been posted www.facebook.com/gtcycling

To all those who raced this past weekend at Georgia Southern, congratulations! There were many podium finishes in all the racing throughout the weekend, including the women (which is new to GT Cycling in recent years). The racing was chilly and there was some rain, but the weather could not deter GT from representing.

*The full results can be found on the SECCC website as soon as they have them posted.

For Georgia Tech the results are as follows:

Saturday

Mens A Road Race
Andrew Hodges 19th

Mens B Road Race
Nathaniel Rowe 2nd
Christian DiCenso 8th

Mens C Road Race
Philip Dewire 7th
John Hooie 8th
Chris Stubel 12th

Womens B Road Race
Stephanie Lin 4th

Mens B Individual Time Trial
Philip Dewire 1st
Nathanial Rowe 2nd

Womens B Individual Time Trial
Stephanie Lin 1st

Mens A Team Time Trial
GT 5th

Mens C Team Time Trial
GT 1st

Sunday

Mens B Criterium
Nathanial Rowe 1st
Christian DiCenso 10th

Mens C Criterium
John Hooie 7th
Chris Stout 9th

Womens B Criterium
Stephanie Lin 3rd

Not to mention that Nathaniel Rowe is leading the Omnium Points. Good Job to everyone and good luck this coming weekend at FSU!

Pre-Season Shake Down

Hey guys, it has been awhile. For any of you still following postings on the website the wait is over, a new post has been added!!

Any of you stumbling across the site for the first time, welcome.

The season is about to get underway with only 3 weeks to go before the first official colligate race. The team will be holding a training camp the weekend before to get everyone into racing mode and to see where the hidden talent may lie this year.

With training in full swing and the team eager to see how the winter training has paid off, this practice race weekend is the perfect way to get this testosterone out of the system, as well as dial in the exact amount of EPO needed to get us through the weekend…only joking hmm hmm Lance Armstrong. [ED: EPO is bad.]

Thanks guys,
As always if you have questions feel free to contact the team via our email, join the google group, or Facebook page

What’s Up?

C'mere n' let Gran pinch your cheeks.

The site has been on hiatus for a bit, but hopefully you’ve been able to keep up with our updates through facebook and the google group (for you teammates, current and former).

It seems that we’ve been doing so much that we’ve barely had time to stop and write it down.

Here’s a rundown of our accomplishments this semester:

  • Acquired 25 members, 6 of which are freshmen (!)
  • Attended 5 of 7 mountain races
  • Had TWO riders (Lukas Grob and Joshua Longenecker) attend Collegiate Mountain Nationals out in Angel Fire, NM. Hell yeah guys!
  • Received a Specialized sponsorship with help from Outback Bikes
  • Got on board with Hincapie Sportswear for our next team kit order
  • Bought a new team trailer for races and travel
  • Re-drafted our team constitution (boring stuff, but important)
  • Secured a spot in the 2013 Road Season calendar for March 9th and 10th; planning for an on-campus crit. Get excited!

So that’s that.

This weekend we are headed out to the very first, inaugural, preliminary Winter Bike League ride in Athens, GA (DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT). The Winter Bike League, commonly referred to as “WBL” in some circles, is one of the greatest group rides in Georgia, bar none. It’s organized, it’s fun, it’s long and it’s got prizes. What’s not to like? It goes from the first weekend in December to the last in February; every time using a different route. This weekend, Saturday the 1st, will be an 80 mile “jaunt” around Hoschton and back to Athens (map). It’s a great time with some great people on some awesome country roads. Get yourself a taste of the real Georgia. Check out their website here (WARNING: Do not click if you have epilepsy).

That’s all I got, for now.

– Christian

Get Yer Swag: Kit Order 2012

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We are offering first dibs at our officially unofficial kit with the year’s first (of two) orders. This time around, we’ll be offering many more pieces for your year-round wearing pleasure (or hopefully, painful discomfort). Remember, when in doubt, buy arm warmers.

Click the link below for the Google order form.

I don’t care if you don’t ride bikes. Everyone looks better in lycra.
GT Cycling 2012 Kit Order

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFNJcjlIdkt5Q1c2U0tEQlA5SHRsUWc6MQ#gid=0

Woohooo! Go Jackets!

When It Blows…Cumberland Classic

I’m not going to speak for anyone but myself, but I think I speak for everyone here when I say that this weekend was shockingly difficult. Like, more difficult than ending a phone conversation with your mother. Or more difficult than trying to explain to a clueless mainstream sports fan why you shave your legs.  Yeah. It was that hard. You feel me now?

The finish to the men's B race saw a thinned chase group sprinting for third.

So, right off the bat, everyone seemed to experience just how tough it was. (Again, I’m speaking for “everyone” here, but probably, really, just myself). Saturday’s road race started innocently enough. Neutral zone, chatting, laughs, but suddenly, it sped up. Quickly. Within the first ten miles of the men’s B race, there were at least 5 attacks. Also within that span, roughly a quarter of the field (and yours truly) got dropped. To quote a Brevard spectator, it was “soul crushing.” But as for the main groups, I’m sure they were slightly taken aback by the sheer number and intensity of the rolling hills of the course. This was definitely a course for the “power” rider, even the finish was an uphill sprint. Just watching the men’s A race finish, sent pain back into my sore legs.  Seeing others finish, I noticed there were many that had given up, gotten into small breakaways or had remained in small chase groups. The fracturing of groups that occurred was more reminiscent of a mountain course; it practically was! Cumberland really did craft a deceitful and menacingly difficult race. Bravo.

Two A riders sprint uphill to the finish.

Again, Sunday was another challenge. Waking up to an unusual 28 degrees – for this winter at least – knee warmers and gloves were at the ready. Arriving at the venue, LP field granted great views of the city skyline and a sweet backdrop for photos with the ominously towering bleachers in the background. I surmised that since we were so close to the water, there would probably be a lot of wind. Unfortunately, I was all too correct. The 6-turn course offered a lot of speedy cornering and accelerations, but the wind nearly pushed you backwards on the backside of the course though the chicane and then downhill towards the finishing straight. It was demoralizing even when riding in a group. Alone, it was “soul crushing.” Even still, a few strong riders were able to battle through the gales. For instance the men C’s saw Georgia Southern rider, Jeff Millich, solo to victory. In the men’s B race, a Brevard and Lees McRae rider finished with roughly half a lap on the pack. Women’s A’s was dominated by a strong Lees McRae group of 4. Those who had the power threshold really succeeded this weekend, while other riders were just unable to hold on. We saw many emerging stars in the peloton across the board. Keep an eye out for those winners as we get closer to conference. They’ll probably be good wheels to follow. I know I’ll need all the help I can get.

Christian and Jackson working together impeccably to catch the chase.

This article is also featured on CCN’s website here.