Illinois Tech Cycling Starts Strong
Members of IIT’s own cycling team competed in their second race of the season last weekend at The University of Missouri in Colombia, Missouri.
The team left Chicago under cover of darkness, and drove 7 hours through the night to make it to the race on time. After only a few hours of sleep, team members Ian Carr, Jeff Bednarz, Ben Siver, Rob Cohen, and Ryan Hynes rolled out and onto the 35 mile road race.
The course was very technical, with tight turns, challenging climbs, and intimidating descents designed to challenge even the most experienced riders. The course also featured a towering ascent, wirth over 1700 feet of climbing. Team Captain Ian Carr placed 15th in Category C, and Rob Cohen took 12th in Category D. Ben Siver and Ryan Hynes placed 33rd and 26th respectively. There were several serious crashes during the race, one of which took down rider Jeff Bednarz. Fortunately, Jeff was more angry than hurt since the crash ruined his bike, nicknamed “Big Blue”.
Despite his injuries, Jeff Bednarz borrowed teammate Ben Siver’s bike and rode to an impressive 4th place finish in the individual time trial. Hynes sat out the time trials with a knee injury, leaving the team with only three members instead of the usual four, but after recovering from the grueling individual time trial, Carr, Cohen, and Bednarz rode to 3rd in the team time trial race, earning valuable points for Illinois Tech Cycling.
The race weekend was still a success despite the injuries, and the Illinois tech Cycling Team has established itself as a competitive force in the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference’s Division 2. The team’s next race is this weekend at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. After that race, the team will head to Georgia for an intense week of training.
This year looks to be a promising one for Illinois Tech Cycling. The team has used the winter months to train and prepare for the season, and ensure that they are in top form for competitions. For more information on the team, and a complete list of riders, races, and results, visit https://sites.google.com/site/iitcycling/home .