Candy Stripe Classic Bicycle Race March 10-11, 2018

February 8th, 2018 by Tom Saccone

Join Bloomington Velo and the IUCC for the inaugural Candy Stripe Classic Bicycle Race March 10-11, 2018!

Flyer here.  Registration here.

Registration opens Friday, February 9 at


River City Criterium Masters Report, Evansville, Indiana

June 19th, 2017 by Tom Saccone

A few of us headed down to Evansville this weekend to race the River City Criterium, a 2 hour drive but into the Central Time Zone, so we gained an hour of warm up once we arrived.  It’s in a nice venue in Garvin park sandwiched between the industrial part of the city and a middle class neighborhood.   The park plays host to a number of baseball fields on its perimeter, named after the New York Yankee and Evansville native Don Mattingly.  He played 14 years with New York and averaged .307.  That’s like you and me getting into the break at least 3 out of 10 races.  He signed in 1982 (the year I graduated from UCONN) for $30,000 and when he retired in 1995 he was making $4.5 million dollars.

This area has a gritty, working class feel that resonates with me and would  permeate the event. Read the rest of this entry »

Speedway- A Reflection on a Lost Opportunity

June 16th, 2017 by Tom Saccone

So I lost a race last week.  Well, about 30 of us did.  But I was one of them and it’s been sort of bothering me all week.  It was the Speedway criterium in Indianapolis.  It was a fairly large Masters field of about 30 riders in the 50+ group, and no team had more than 3 riders in it, so there would likely be no dominating squad establishing the race pattern of attacks, counter attacks and parrys. It was fast in the final analysis.  21 miles in 48 minutes for an average speed of over 26mph. But that’s not so remarkable.  Anyone, well not anyone, but most of us can turn that over on our own and certainly in a group without too much trouble.  It’s the attacks, accelerations and their frequency and the math that create the chaos.    While I am not a disciple of numbers I am certainly a believer.    It was a relatively benign 4 corner course, most wide and sweeping.  You could pedal through them, but we didn’t really have to.  Read the rest of this entry »

Tuesday Night TT Results 5/16/2017

May 18th, 2017 by admin
1	Ryan Bredemeyer		25:15
2	Jake Cohen		25:47
3	Jake Richards		27:20
4	Leigh Dukeman		27:56
5	Ivy Moore		28:24
6	Emily Carrier		29:22
7	Matt Summers		29:25
8	Brian Drummy		30:04
9	Kathryn Wallisch	30:08

Results courtesy Carl Field

Battle Lines are being Drawn

April 18th, 2017 by Tom Saccone

We are a couple of weeks into the racing season and already the battle lines are being drawn among the larger teams.  You would recognize the names; Texas Roadhouse, First Internet Bank, Zipp, Shellers, and the riders; Tolson, Kroll, Peterson, Richter, Clark.   Last week a few Bakehouse raced the Eagle Creek oval criterium and this weekend we were at the Marian circuit.  For me, pre-race preparation included listing the teams and individual riders, a review of earlier race results, who is going well, theorizing a presumed strategy for the big teams and establishing a plan to either insert myself into ‘the break’ or positioning for the inevitable trains as they developed in  the last few laps.  Some things can be cross tabulated, but bike racing doesn’t easily lend itself to absolutes.  However, mathematically, all things being equal, if one team has 4 riders and another has 3 then the ‘lesser’ team- in the simplest equation- has to have someone double up on coverage to counter in the last set to engage in all of the ‘larger’ team’s attacks.  So, an interloping team or individual rider needs to be aware of this dynamic and respond accordingly.  Simple, Yes? (wink-wink-nudge-nudge).  But bike races aren’t fought on paper.  Read the rest of this entry »