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2015 Season Preview

Notre Dame, IN– The 2015 road season will soon begin when we head down to Clemson, SC for an out-of-conference race in the SECCC on March 7-8 during the first weekend of spring break. We will then head to Blairsville, GA for a week of training in the mountains of North Georgia to prepare for the rest of the season. Defense of the MWCCC DII Team Omnium Title will begin on March 21 at our first conference race at Lindsey Wilson.

This year’s team has a lot of promise with returning men’s A riders John Pratt, Jim Snitzer, and Luke Tilmans leading the way. The women’s B squad will have more depth than any other in Notre Dame history and the other men’s categories have many strong new additions. Stay posted here for updates throughout the 2015 racing season.

Here’s a quick intro to our 2015 roster:

Men’s A:

  • John Pratt- 2014 MWCCC DII Individual Omnium champ and member of the 3rd place Nationals DII Team Time Trial. Watch out for the #PrattAttack this year.
  • Jim Snitzer- 12th in 2013 Nationals DII Road Race and member of the 3rd place Nationals DII Team Time Trial
  • Luke Tilmans- Top 30 in the 2014 Nationals DII Criterium and member of the 3rd place Nationals DII Team Time Trial

Men’s B:

  • Tom Frederick- Graduate student, team president, and 2nd year racer
  • Andrew Koch- First year graduate student adding some experience to the roster after racing as an undergraduate at Furman
  • James Pratt- He’s just a sophomore and may seem nice, but watch out for that sprint!

Men’s C:

  • Connor Williams- Very talented sophomore transfer student who is about to start his first year racing
  • Bertie Nel- Ex-varsity swimmer who is transitioning over to the better endurance sport

Men’s D:

  • David Berno- Returning D rider and triathlete (but we can get over that)
  • David McKenna- Physics graduate student and first time racer
  • John Cerney- 1st year Law student and first time racer
  • Ryan Green- Strong freshman who turned down playing varsity baseball to ride for us
  • Scot Stanulis- Freshman, high school cross-country runner also transitioning over to the better endurance sport

Women’s B:

  • Paige Handy- Junior returning from abroad after a very successful freshman year
  • Sarah Cullen- Sophomore looking for her first career win after coming so close several times last year
  • Emma-Kate Conlin- Also a talented sophomore, looking to become an A someday soon
  • Lillie Romeiser- ex-Ironman triathlete, Boston qualifier, and graduate student
  • Kelly Valenzi- Eager freshman first time racer who has put in a lot of hard work this winter
  • Sarah Bueter- Freshman who actually enjoys the climbs
  • Maggie Schmid- Junior looking try bike racing for the first time after swimming competitively
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Online Team Store Launched

ND Cycling has launched its online team store! All of the remaining inventory from our 2015 order is now available for purchase. To place your order, head on over to:

ND Cycling Team Store

All available items and sizes are shown on the online store. Please refer to the Hincapie Sizing Chart before placing your order to ensure a proper fit. For questions regarding ordering or anything else, please email bike@nd.edu.

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2015 Road Schedule Announced

Notre Dame, IN — The 2015 MWCCC road season will start later and feature less races than previous years, but all 5 weekends will include 3 races (either a team or individual time trial, road race, and criterium). The team will head to Georgia for spring break training camp from March 7-15 to prepare for the season. Then,MWCCC racing will kick off, as it traditionally does, at Lindsey Wilson on March 21/22. Due to conference restructuring, the race will for the first time be a dual conference meet for the MWCCC and SECCC. The Irish will next head to the races co-hosted by Michigan State and Michigan on March 28/29. After Easter Break, the regular season will continue with races at Purdue on April 11/12 and Lindenwood on April 18/19. Notre Dame Cycling will bring the regional championships back to South Bend on April 25/26 after previously hosting it in 2012. The 2015 road season will finish in Asheville, NC at the Collegiate Road National Championships on May 8-10.

March 21/22 Lindsey Wilson TTT, RR, Crit MWCCC/SECCC Dual Conference
March 28/29 Michigan/Michigan State ITT, RR, Crit MWCCC
April 11/12 Purdue TTT, RR, Crit MWCCC
April 18/19 Lindenwood TTT, RR, Crit MWCCC
April 25/26 Notre Dame TTT, RR, Crit MWCCC Regionals
May 8-10 Asheville, NC TTT, ITT, RR, Crit Nationals
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Finals Week Flashback: 2012 Road Season

With Notre Dame student athletes preparing for finals week, now is a perfect time to remember the history of ND Cycling.

2012 Season Highlight Video

Led by senior captain Nathaniel Lee, the 2012 Irish cycling squad was arguably the most complete in school history. 10 riders from this team would race in the A category before their careers concluded, with upperclassmen Joseph Magro, Douglas Ansel, Andrew O’Donnell, Brian Hurley, Patrick Handy, Carolyn McCann, and Brian Boyle, forming an experienced core. The team was augmented by current MWCCC defending champion John Pratt’s sparkling freshman season, and also saw the emergence of  transfer Luke Tilmans coincide with the beginning of freshmen James Snitzer and Michael Chifala’s decorated ND careers. David Pratt,  and August Kunkel both won races for Notre Dame that spring, while Phil Palmon, Patrick Handy, Josh Corcoran, and Rob Piscatelli all scored multiple top 5’s for the team.  When the dust settled at the first ever MWCCC Conference Championships to be held in South Bend, Notre Dame had amassed 15 individual and team wins throughout the season, with an unprecedented 50 top 5’s. Easily reclaiming the school’s second MWCCC DII team crown, Joe Magro also collected his second MWCCC individual title.  To cap the 2012 season, Notre Dame Cycling was named the Notre Dame student club of the year, in recognition of their partnership with the Ara Parsegian Medical Research Foundation, charity initiatives throughout the South Bend Community, and work to bring corporate sponsorship to ND club sports.

Since 2012, Notre Dame’s cycling program has continued to grow, and the 2015 spring season promises to bring even more excitement to the ND community. With the largest women’s team in years, and multiple National Championship qualifiers returning, the 2015 team has high hopes to bring home the school’s 5th consecutive conference team title!

 

 

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Cyclocross at Hilton Indian Lakes, Chicago Cross Cup

Bloomingdale, IL — On Saturday, November 15, 1st year graduate student Andrew Koch represented the cycling Irish in the collegiate B race at Hilton Indian Lakes. The race was part of the Chicago Cyclocross Cup. Due to good results at previous races, Koch started in the front and never looked back. His win marked the first of the 2014-2015 season for Notre Dame. Despite having already raced, he also competed in the category 4/5 race immediately afterwards and took an impressive 3rd place. Koch is a new addition to the team after graduating from Furman University last year and coming to ND for a Masters in Sacred Music. He will also be competing on the road, starting in the Bs this coming spring.

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2015 Kit Order

The 2015 pre-order has closed. Check back in late-January for extra inventory we will have for sale.

For questions regarding the ordering process or anything else, please email bike@nd.edu.

Velocity (race fit) Jersey $110.00
Axis Rx (club fit) Jersey $95.00
Velocity Bibs $100.00
Velocity Long-Sleeve Jersey $110.00
Element Windtex Polar Jacket $120.00
Element Windtex Vest $75.00
Velocity Long-Sleeve Skinsuit $130.00
Element Arm Warmer $33.00
Element Knee Warmer $33.00
Element Rain Shoe Cover $35.00
Velocity Race Glove $30.00
High Cut Socks (5″ Cuff) $8.00
Cycling Cap $10.00

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Notre Dame Pedal Cab

Pedal Cab

Notre Dame Pedal Cab

During every home football weekend for the past few years, the Notre Dame Cycling Team has offered the pedal cab service to campus visitors. It is one of our premier fundraisers for funding travel, lodging, and other expenses for our racing season. This year we are teaming up with the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation and donating 10% of all the money we raise to this great cause.

“The Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding medical research projects to find a treatment for Niemann-Pick Type C (NP-C) disease. The Parseghian Foundation is named in honor of Ara Parseghian, the much beloved and well-known Notre Dame Football Coach, whose three youngest grandchildren were diagnosed with NP-C in 1994.”

Top 5 reasons you should take a ride on the Cycling Team pedal cab:

  1. It is the fastest, greenest form of transportation on campus.
  2. You won’t have to get tired walking all the way across campus to see your favorite university landmark.
  3. Us cyclists need to train.
  4. Support the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation.
  5. Support Notre Dame Cycling.

Next time you are on campus for a home football game, look for one of our 2 pedal cabs!

 

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Jim Snitzer named 2014 Academic All-Star

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South Bend, IN — Notre Dame men’s cyclist Jim Snitzer (Jr) captured USA Cycling Academic All-Star honors when USA Cycling announced its 2014 team today. Described as an award seeking to recognize “those that go above and beyond by achieving top grades in the classroom while also competing at USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships”, Snitzer was one of 41 riders selected from 22 different schools. In order to achieve Academic All-Star status, an athlete must have attended a USA Collegiate Cycling National Championship in the specified term for that honor and have maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA for the semester during which the nationals event falls.

A Physics Pre-Med student at Notre Dame, Snitzer finished 2nd in the 2014 Midwest Conference DII standings, and was a member of Notre Dame’s bronze medal Team Time Trial squad at the 2014 National Championship held in Richmond, VA.  In 2013, Snitzer also scored a 12th place finish in his national championship debut. Serving as team president during the 13/14 school year, Snitzer is an instrumental member of ND Cycling, both on and off the bike.

As a member of the inaugural class of Collegiate Academic All-Stars, Snitzer is the first Notre Dame student athlete to be awarded this honor.

 

2014 Team Picture (small)

2014 Team Photo

2014 Team Picture (small)

Pictured (from left to right):
Top- Brennan Lanier, Mike Lorenzen, Jon Leslie, Andrew O’Donnell, Devin Stalker, Sarah Cullen, Emma-Kate Conlin

Bottom- Jason Koncsol, Luke Tilmans, Doug Ansel, August Kunkel, Tom Frederick, John Pratt, David Berno, Jim Snitzer, James Pratt

Not Pictured:
Josh Corcoran, Paige Handy, Sam Melgar K, Joe Mueller

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CapTech USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships Recap

Notre Dame Cycling sent Andrew O’Donnell (Grad.), John Pratt (Jr.), Jim Snitzer (Jr.), and Luke Tilmans (Sr.) to the 2014 CapTech USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships on May 2-4. The event was held in Richmond, VA and served as a test event for the UCI Road World Championships that will come to the city in September of 2015. The collegiate courses were identical to those that will be used in the World Championships and showcased historic parts of Richmond, including Monument Street, Broad Street, and Libby Hill.

The team and individual time trials were held on the first day of racing, Friday, May 2. Despite a crash during warmup for the TTT, the 4 Irish riders paced well and finished the 31km course in 43:12. It was good enough for 3rd place amongst DII teams and the first nationals podium in the history of Notre Dame Cycling. A few short hours later, O’Donnell and Snitzer took the line for the ITT. Amongst a very strong DII field, Snitzer finished 13th (45:09) and O’Donnell 25th (47:06).

In Saturday’s criterium Pratt took advantage of his front row start from winning the MWCCC conference omnium. Tilmans and Snitzer started near the back but managed to work their way up through the field. A short, tight, and technical descent followed by a moderately sized climb along the backstrech made for a very difficult race in which over 2/3 of the field was pulled. Tilmans managed to finish in the field at 28th, while Pratt was 29th and Snitzer 64th.

Sunday’s road race, 7 laps of a 10 miles loop, featured two sections of rough cobbles: a fast descent in the middle of the city and a switchback climb through a nearby park. Unfortunately, the race saw some very bad luck for the Irish. Tilmans suffered a flat tire only 3 miles in, received a neutral support bike, but was unable to chase back to the charging peloton. Just a few miles later, Snitzer went down in a crash that took out over 20 riders. He was still able to finish 54th. Pratt, the last remaining ND rider, rode near the front of the field even putting in a solo attack during the first lap. Unfortunately, he too suffered a flat tire with 2 laps to go and had to settle for 48th.

Notre Dame Cycling thanks all of their sponsors and fans for their support throughout the 2014 road season and the city of Richmond for hosting a fantastic event. Happy riding to all this summer! It won’t be long until the 2015 MWCCC season and National Championships in Asheville, NC.