First, we would like to apologize for the recent lack of
updates on the blog. Drew, who used to post on behalf of the team, will no
longer be representing us. He has been gracious enough to pass on the website
to the new members of the team.
Due to unfortunate circumstances outside of our control following
IUSF’s recent involvement with USADA, our four qualifications riders have been
disqualified from this year’s race. However, this is not a death blow to our
program, and we will not be relegated to sitting out this race after all of our
hard work this year. Fortunately, we have a deep team of rookies ready to take
the reins, should they need to; and now is their time to shine.
The rookies, who have not been implicated in these actions,
are: Andrew Rice, Ian Boggs, Andrew Capshew, Mardin Yadegar, and new addition, Matthew
Schaupp. These young guys have been training hard as well, and are excited to
show their worth on the big stage. The final four are yet to be decided, but
rest assured, whoever is chosen will represent our team well.
Andrew Rice is a promising new talent from Cincinnati, OH.
During Spring Break training, Rice posted a sub-3 minute ITT time and has been
showing consistent improvement since.
Ian is a Division 1 swimmer, much like ex-team member Nick
Torrance was, at Indiana University, and has agreed to forego some offseason
training with the swim team to compete with us this year upon hopeful
completion of his rookie requirements. We are excited to see how Ian does, as
we have had great luck with athletes transitioning from swimming backgrounds in
Capshew is another long-term freshman prospect, who prides himself
on his race strategy. This guy races (and trains) very smart, making sure to
always conserve as much energy as possible by limiting how much work he has to
Mardin aims to be our team’s stout, pocket-sized powerhouse
sprinter. Rumor has it that he has been recording rides under the Strava pseudonym
Matthew is a recent freshman recruit from San Dimas,
California, most notably winning the 17-18 juniors’ category in the California
State Criterium championships last year. We look forward to seeing how this
youthful experience translates to the cinder track in the upcoming weeks.
We would like to stress that the actions taken by ex-team
members: Drew Coelho, Paul Gillette, Thomas Wimmer and Nick Torrance were
solely their own, and have no bearing on the integrity of the team as a whole.
Although these members have done great things for the program in the past, they
have shown they are no longer fit to be affiliated with our team and we hope
they can walk away with dignity and take this as a stern reminder of ethics
they can later learn from.