New Sponsor: Bookmans Sports Exchange

UA Cycling is proud to announce a new sponsorship with Bookmans Sports Exchange!

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Bookmans buys and sells new and used sporting equipment, including bikes! They make it quick and easy to try out different sports or to stay involved with the one you love. We’re proud to work Bookmans for the 2015-16 year!

New Team Member- Taylor Skinner

TUCSON, AZ- Taylor Skinner of Anthem, Arizona will be joining the University of Arizona’s cycling team this fall. Taylor joins a growing list of new riders who have joined prior to the start of the 2014-15 school year! Taylor is an experienced cyclist who has had numerous wins in the Arizona circuit while riding for Tribe- including the AZ junior individual time trial championship in 2013. He plans on majoring in neuroscience and will focus on road racing.

The team is incredibly excited about the growing list of riders who have reached out to us over the summer! The 2014-15 school year is shaping up to be one of the best! Look for more roster announcements as the summer rolls on- including highlights from our returning members!

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New Recruit- Kaylee Rakowski

TUCSON, AZ- Kaylee Rakowksi of Sahuarita, Arizona will be joining the University of Arizona’s cycling team starting in Fall 2014. Rakowski joins the Wildcats from Pima Community College where she played volleyball for the Aztecs. She plans on majoring in nutritional sciences and will focus on racing road for the Wildcats.

“Kaylee expressed interest in joining us last fall and it is great to have her join our team this year,” said president Joey Iuliano. “With her volleyball experience she brings a lot of athletic talent and mental toughness which will transfer over well to cycling. She’ll be able to learn a lot and grow quickly as a rider on the team.” Rakowski is excited to compete in events this coming fall and spring.

Team is looking for 2014-15 Sponsors

The UA Cycling Team is in the process of solidifying our sponsors for the 2014-15 school year! We are looking to work with companies who share our vision of creating the best collegiate cycling program in the nation while helping create a better cycling environment in the Tucson area. If you, or someone you know, might be interesting in sponsoring our team, please check out our sponsorship package for more information: UA 2014 Sponsorship Package

If you are an alumni who would like to support your Wildcat’s quest to be the best, you can donate here: UA Foundation All donations can be used as a tax deduction and every amount helps. We’ve set a goal to raise $15,000 before the start of the semester and already have a generous donation from Claris Eye Care!

Help us close the gap to our goal! Bear Down!

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Road Nationals 2014

The University of Arizona cycling team sent eight members—Joey Iuliano, Max Rich, David Carlson, Quinn Keogh, Andrew Keller, David Greif, Jake McLaughlin, and Allison Alterman—to Richmond, VA for the 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships.

The team focused special training efforts on the Men’s Team Time Trial this year, holding weekly practices where Iuliano, Keogh, Rich and Carlson took turns pulling the team around the river path each week.  The hard work paid off in Richmond where they placed eighth—only five seconds short of a podium—compared to their seventeenth place result in 2013.The TTT Squad Greif, Keogh, Keller, Rich and Alterman participated in the technical and hilly downtown criterium the following day.  Greif, a first-year racer and freshman, showed great promise in the race, holding onto the pack for a majority of the laps.  Keogh, a former pro, held good position until a mechanical forced him to withdraw.  The Wildcats’ best crit result came from Rich who, despite a mid-race crash, finished nineteenth in a field of 110.

The road race course was a ten-mile loop featuring many sharp turns, short climbs, and two sections of cobble.  The women raced five laps, and the men raced seven.   166 men started the road race, and the pack quickly strung out.  Some crashes up the road left several UA men chasing the field, in valiant efforts that, in the end, were made in vain.  Rich’s crash the previous day prevented him from starting, and Carlson experienced a mechanical.  Keogh pulled through, however, with final sprint into 33rd.Libby HillOverall, UA Cycling is pleased with the improvements they saw in their results this season, and look forward to doing even better in Ashville, NC in 2015.

New Recruit- Shane Scoggin

TUCSON, AZ- Shane Scoggin of Reston, Virginia has committed to University of Arizona’s cycling team.

Scoggin plans on majoring in geology and selected the University of Arizona for their academics and the excellent riding in the region. Scoggin will focus on road and cyclocross for the Wildcats.

“We’re very excited to have Shane join; I’m glad to see he’s chosen to earn his degree and race bikes at the University of Arizona,” said president Joey Iuliano. “He is a talented rider with high goals and a great base to build upon.”

Scoggin has raced for several years and has earned several top finishes, including a win at the Poolesville Road Race and 7th place in the Tour of the Gila time trial in 2013.
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For the 2014-15 year the UA Cycling team will be announcing new team members via press releases. Look for more over the summer and for a big release the first week of school after our recruitment meeting. We’ll also be debuting a roster page in the fall as well!

TriFecta Day One

TriFecta Day One

“Get in the ‘Burban!” The line doesn’t hold quite the ‘get in the van’ ring, but the trailer is loaded and we hop into cars nonetheless, twenty-five UA Cyclists trained and ready for a weekend of racing at the TriFecta Omnium in Las Cruces, NM.

Fast-forward a few hours to midnight and we’re pulling up at the Big Chili Inn. Staying here has become a club tradition for good reason, and if you’re ever in town you should definitely stop by—the 30-foot chili out front makes it a hard place to miss. We unload the trailer, split into rooms, and a knock at the door brings a bedtime carbo-load of chips and salsa.

The 6:15am alarm goes off and life’s a blur of coffee, food, coffee, trailer packing, coffee, and a quick drive to the ITT. The ‘Burbans are parked in a line, the bikes come off of the trailer and onto trainers, chairs are set in a circle, the boxes of nutrition we won from USAC for having the most growth over last year come out, and I can’t help but think how legit we look. ASU drives by (the six of them fit in a single sedan) and they flash the “pitchfork” and other obscene hand-shapes at us. We laugh.

Veteran roadies conduct pinning school as they verbally instruct new members and mountain bike shredders on proper number placement over the hum of trainers. Flat tires are fixed (thanks, ASU, for the pump), aero helmets come out, and pump-up music blasts. One-by-one, riders are pushed from the start line onto the 20k out-and-back rolling, windy, rain-spitting course. My turn comes, and from inside the pain cave, I yell “Bear Down” at red-and-blue and black-and-gold blurs alike as we cross paths.

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Jenny Quijada begins her ITT

Max Rich pulls off the win in the Men’s A ITT, David Carlson takes third and Joey Iuliano fourth. David Greif and Schuyler Burns go one-two in the B’s, and Ryan Brown grabs third in the C’s. I place third in the Women’s A’s, and Jessica Honea wins the B’s.

The ‘Burbans are parked right smack between the TT start and the crit course, so we spend the next couple of hours refueling, resting our feet up on tailgates, foam rolling, and team bonding. Some people study.

Crit time comes and bibs go back on if they came off (it’s one of those borderline do-I-bother-changing situations), some bikes are thrown back onto trainers while others roll around on the frontage road, then the ‘A Men’ line up alongside the P/1/2/3’s for their start.

It’s a six-on-one battle between us and Constantin Schreiber of ASU, but the combined field takes a bit of the advantage away. The horn sounds, feet clip in, and the pack strings out as it makes its way around the mile-long rectangular course. Nathan Franklin makes an attack, and Iuliano joins him. The pair is caught, several prime laps occur consecutively, the final bell rings, and Rich sprints to victory. Constantin manages to grab second, and Andrew Keller’s just behind.

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Max Rich leads a break

Travis Burkel, David Greif, and Alex Alvarez go 4-5-6 in the Men’s B’s. Brand-new-member-this-week Joseph Shaw wins the Men’s C crit, and is followed in second by Club Pres. Ben Elias on his brand-new-last-week cross bike.

In the Women’s A race, the Pro/1/2/3 field sets the pace off the line, breaking riders apart. I take a turn on the front and am swiftly dropped thereafter. Two ASU girls play it smarter than I, finishing one-two, leaving me once again in third. Jessica Honea, in her second-ever crit, manages to win the pack sprint, placing second overall and first collegiate in the Cat 4/Col B.

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Jessica Honea takes the win in the WB Crit

With the first day of racing behind us, bikes go back on the trailer, people back in the ‘Burbans, and the need for food beats out the need to shower as we head directly to the lucky chosen local pizza establishment. Various members of the Southwest Conference join us, and we smell up our own little corner of the restaurant as I’m once again amazed at the swiftness of my peers, several of them devouring entire pizzas in a sitting.

At least one of us dozes off at the table.

-Allison Alterman

BioPark Blast Crit and Oracale Road Race

This past weekend the club hosted our annual BioPark Blast criterium and a new road race in Oracle, AZ. Both events were a huge success! The crit had over 300 riders and the road race netted over 400! The performed excellently across all fields:

Crit:
1st in the Men’s B with Schuyler Burns
1st in Men’s A with Quinn Keogh
2nd in Women’s B with Jenny Quijada
3rd in Women’s A with Kim Truitt

For the TTT:
1st and 3rd in Men’s A
1st in Men’s B
2nd in Men’s C
1st in Women’s B
2nd in Women’s A

In the Road Race:
1st in Men’s A with Quinn
1st in Men’s B with David Greif (on a flat tire!)
1st in Men’s C
4th in Women’s A
3rd in Women’s B

While the results are still being finalized and the points updated, it looks like we should take the lead in the conference omnium over ASU! We have a weekend off from collegiate racing and pick back up with the ASU Crit and McDowell Mountain Circuit race.

Past Semester Recap and New Road Season

Many exciting developments have been made over the past year and the University of Arizona Cycling Club is exciting to be making progress as a competitive team and a growing presence in our community.

Most importantly, the UA has been recognized by USA Cycling to be the cycling club with the most growth in 2013! Please read more about that over at USA Cycling – http://www.usacycling.org/2013-collegiate-club-membership-contest-winners-announced.htm

The club is also proud to not have developing road and mountain biking squads but this year we were able to send a small squad to race at USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Nationals in Boulder, CO from Jan 8-12, 2014.

 

Nationals!

The team left for Utah on Thursday taking the scenic route around the eastern Grand Canyon and through Southern Utah- quite the views up north for sure! We took ample stops to stretch the legs and take in the scenery since it was a 13 hour drive.

On Friday the team had the team time trials and the new individual time trials on Antelope Island. The men’s team didn’t have too much time to practice since the final roster wasn’t decided until a day before the trip, so 20 minutes prior to start time was our first and only practice. Given 3 of the 4 members were new to the event, we were somewhat pleased with out time of 46:49 good for 17th. It served as a good motivator for next year’s TTT since we will be able to practice together during the off-season. The ITT’s were a little more eventful. Shelby and Allison finished 18th and 19th while on the men’s side yours truly finished 14, David Carlson 20th, and Jake in 30th.

Saturday’s criterium proved to be a challenging and fast course: T-shape with a slight uphill, smooth pavement and wide streets for the most part. Shelby took part in the very fast women’s DI crit, finishing 62nd. For the guys, David had an untimely crash mid race (thankfully he was ok), and myself and Jake had a tough time dealing with starting last row coming in 110 and 108. Our lone survivor of the race was Andrew who did an excellent job avoiding the two to go carnage and finished  78th after losing a few spots.
Sunday’s road race was held in one of the most scenic locations we’ve ever raced in. Shelby and Allison took part in the women’s race. Both hung tough through the initial laps and up through the start of the steep climb- which featured a blistering headwind on top of 8% grades. Shelby finished 67th and Allison had to withdraw due to equipment difficulties. The men’s D1 race had over 160 starters and rolled through the early laps at a brisk pace (well over 25 mph). David was the team’s best finisher at 52, Jake in at 119 and Andrew at 145.

All in all, it was a very good experience for the team- especially since many members on the team started racing this spring. Everyone is excited and motivated for nationals next year which is in Richmond, VA.