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 the past.
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 do.
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 ‘Matan Zohar’.
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.