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Black Key Bulls rider Charlie Hammon embraces a teammate after their qualifying attempt on March 26 at Bill Armstrong Stadium. BKB will start the Little 500 race from the third place position.


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1. Alpha Chi Omega rider Clarice Cross smiles while hugging her teammates after AXO qualified for the 2016 Little 500 with a time of 2:42.34. 2. Forest team captain Joseph Hunt hugs a team member after qualifying for Little 500. 3. Alpha Phi’s Gabrielle Baker rides during Little 500 qualifications. 4. Sophomore Trevor Schwedland of Cutters Cycling rides through the second turn at Bill Armstrong Stadium during Miss N Out. 5. Senior Tabitha Sherwood of Phoenix Cycling sits up in the saddle after winning Miss N Out. 6. Crowds cheer riders from Delta Chi during the qualification of the Little 500.

The Black Key Bulls ran unopposed in the Team Pursuit final after Sigma Alpha Epsilon scratched before the final. On another day where teams had to battle the elements, the Black Key Bulls outlasted their competition and ran away with the Spring Series crown. “It is nice to come out here and verify that we are fit and ready for this,” Black Key Bulls Captain Nicholas Hartman said. “We had a strong showing in Spring Series, and it is time to double down and get ready for the race.” The Black Key Bulls won Team Pursuit because of their impressive depth, and also had strong depth from the ITT showing. The Black Key Bulls also had three riders inside the top-eight ITT times and eight riders within the top-40 times. While the Black Key Bulls might have taken the white jersey by a significant margin, Sigma Alpha Epsilon emerged this spring as another major contender. SAE qualified eighth for the Little 500, but finished second in the Spring Series on the back of the Krahulik brothers. Sophomore Joe Krahulik won ITT’s with the second fastest time ever. He followed that up at Miss N Out and won his second event of the season. His older brother, Andy Krahulik, wasn’t more than a wheel-length behind him in Miss N Outs as Andy finished second,

giving SAE the one-two finish. SAE would put up the second fastest Team Pursuit time, but because of the wet conditions at the track, they declined to compete in the final heat between the Black Key Bulls. With their second place Spring Series finish, the pressure is on for SAE to back it up in the race. “We were the dark horses last year,” Krahulik said. “That makes it a much easier race for us. This year, it’s going to be different. There’s a lot more focus on us as a team. It’s going to be a new race for us.” The pole-sitting Cutters team also had a strong Spring Series in team and individual competition. Cutters finished third in the final standings and had strong individual performances from their riders as well. In ITT’s Nick Thiery had a strong showing, finishing third overall, and Erik “Trevor” Schwedland finished tenth. Thiery advanced to the final heat of Miss N Out as well. Defending champions Sigma Phi Epsilon had a precarious start to the spring, as they faulted on their first two qualification attempts. Sig Ep would recover and made the field of 33 at number 22. The rest of their spring wouldn’t be as tenuous because they finished fourth behind the Cutters, even with their poor starting spot. With such a strong field, there are many teams who have the potential to win the Little 500.

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Theta lead women in series, but other teams challenge By Hailey Hernandez

When two-time defending champion Kappa Alpha Theta takes the track, everyone takes notice. Oftentimes, teams are reacting to Theta, basing strategies off of their actions, Alpha Omicron Pi rider Michaela Ranft said. But this year, teams aren’t making Theta’s ride to the finish line an easy one. After the conclusion of the Spring Series, Theta leads the way with 42 points, but four teams are right behind in close competition. As demonstrated last year, anything can happen on race day. Crashes, injuries and a failure to execute race strategy are part of the sport, AOPi rider Audrey Healey said. Taking that into consideration, Friday’s 29th running of the women’s Little 500 should be an exciting one. Theta took home the top qualifying time of 2:36.634 and was the only team in the women’s field to break 2:40. But it did not place first in any other Spring Series event. “To start off that strong is exciting,” Theta rider Abby Rogers said after quals. “That’s definitely what we came out here wanting to do.” Theta had its entire race team place in the top-12 at Individual Time Trials with Grace Bennett, Rogers, Evelyn Malcomb and Rachel Brown. Brown also finished in third during Miss N Outs. In the final Spring Series event of Team Pursuit, Theta rode for what it thought was the fastest time of the day, until it fell to Teter in the championship heat. Theta’s top competition is likely to come from AOPi, Teter, Phoenix or Delta Gamma. AOPi finished second in Spring Series team points with


Kappa Alpha Theta riders perform an exchange during Little 500 qualifications at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Kappa Alpha Theta finished first in quals. with a time of 2:36.63.

its fourth place finish Sunday night at Team Pursuit, its fourth place 2:41.63 time at Quals. Ali Oppel also finished in fifth place individually during Miss N Outs. Leigh Dukeman led the way in fourth place for AOPi in ITT’s, with the rest of its race team of Healey, Oppel and Ranft also finishing in the top-15. After missing time due to an elbow injury earlier in the fall, Dukeman has worked extremely hard to get back on track. “Seeing Leigh go down like that gave us all more motivation,” Ranft said. “It put things into perspective. We all have to be ready to go at a moments notice. Anything can happen and we all had to train like we were going to be called upon. The sense of urgency worked in our favor.” With a coach now and an experienced team, AOPi has nothing but the highest expectations for themselves on Friday, Ranft said. The third place team point finisher was Teter. Also under a new coach, Teter is ready to begin a new era and reassert itself as a team to watch, senior Julia Thomas said. In addition to the team’s first place ride at Team Pursuit, it qualified in fifth place

with a time of 2:41.63. Individually, Thomas finished her ITT’s run in eighth place, followed by Eliza Heath in 13th, Kelsey Kluesner in 17th and Kinsey Allen in 68th. Rounding out the top-five finishers in Spring Points were Delta Gamma and Phoenix. Tabitha Sherwood is the all-star rider for Phoenix and perhaps the best individual in the women’s field, having placed first ITT’s and Miss N Out. As a team, Phoenix qualified second with its time of 2:40.053, but placed fifth at Team Pursuit. Another rider with a strong showing in the Spring Series has been DG’s Kristen Bignal. Bignal led her team to finish fifth in team points with a third place qualifying time of 2:40.445. Bignal finished second behind Sherwood in ITT’s and Miss N Outs as well. On Friday, it will likely come down to the team that has the most depth, Thomas said. “It’s hard to win with one standout rider,” Thomas said. “I have a balanced team behind me and I feel like that puts us in a good position. Ultimately, the whole day is about the strongest team, and I know we can finish strong together.”

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Jordan Bailey will be in charge of his fifth, and last Little 500 race Saturday. His time with the race spans almost ten years, including four years as a rider for the Black Key Bulls.

Moving on

Jordan Bailey reflects on his five years as Little 500 race director and four years as a rider. By Grace Palmieri | | @Grace_Palmieri

Jordan Bailey sat in the stands of Bill Armstrong stadium and watched two of the things he loves most come together in the form of Little 500. He was still in high school at the time. Once he saw his passion for racing and cycling collide, he knew it was something he wanted to be a part of. Now 10 years later, the Little 500 race director is stepping away from the track. “The race really changes you for the better,” Bailey said. “You don’t realize it when you’re in the

thick of it.” Most know Bailey in his current role as director of all things Little 500—he organizes everything from sponsorships to the Bloomington 5K and 10K races and leads the Little 5 Bikers Council. It’s a position Bailey has held for the last five years. But it was his experience as a rider that made him to stick around. He arrived in Bloomington the year after the Black Key Bulls, an independent men’s cycling team, was formed. With an event that has the history of Little 5, it

wasn’t uncommon for teams to have 50-plus years of race experience. BKB didn’t fall into that category, but as Bailey got to know some of the riders during fall series events, he decided to join. BKB quickly cultivated a winning culture and has been a serious contender since forming a team. Bailey was a part of building that culture. While he was part of the team, BKB placed in the top 10 all four years, but unfortunately Bailey’s SEE BAILEY, PAGE 4

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The 2015 Little 500 men’s race winners are trying to maintain strength after losing riders that led the team to victory.


Charlie Hicks begins his warm up lap for Sigma Phi Epsilon's first qualifying attempt of qualifications. Sigma Alpha Epsilon finished with a time of 2:29.595.

By Andrew Hussey

Sigma Phi Epsilon won the 2015 Little 500 by an extremely small margin. Only 0.024 seconds separated them from the Black Key Bulls, who finished second. After a last-lap sprint to the finish, Sig Ep came away the champion by less than half a wheel length. This year, Sig Ep tested the margins again, failing to qualify until their third attempt during Qualifications. After faulting on small errors in their first two attempts, Sig Ep had to wait until the early evening to get into the field of 33. “That long wait was pretty nerve racking,” Sig Ep captain Chris Turi said. “We had to wait around and we all were really tense. We tried to keep relaxed in any way we could.” Once the late afternoon rolled around, they changed their strategy to make certain they would qualify. They made it into the field at the 22nd position after switching up their exchanges. The defending champion was in the field, even if it did come down to the last attempt. Last year’s championship was years in the making for Sig Ep and was the culmination of a lot of hard work. “Seeing it actually happen was surreal,” Turi said. “We still look back on it and that’s what is motivating us during training this year.” Winning the championship


The Sigma Phi Epsilon bike team hoists their team bike after their team won the Little 500 Men’s race at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

has given Sig Ep a new sense of energy and infused their training. They call it the yellow jersey effect, which refers to the color of the jersey they will wear on race day, signifying they won the previous year’s championship. Yet, even with the yellow jersey, Sig Ep had to reload after losing Nick Torrance, their senior leader from 2015 who rode the last 15 laps of the race, including the final sprint to the finish. Torrance was the dynamo of

last year’s team and each current member said they were confident in his ability going into last year’s race, and put their faith in him. “Last year, we knew we would be there at the end,” sophomore Charlie Hicks said. “We left it up to Torrance to see what he could do and he brought it home for us.” But Torrance graduated and a gaping leadership hole emerged. “Losing our senior leader has allowed some of us to step up and fill that leadership role and that



career overlapped with a five-year win streak for the Cutters. In the late 2000’s, BKB was just establishing their team—Bailey said they compete on an entirely different level these days. “They have developed the program, and those guys are such good riders that, if I were on the team today, I would be lucky if I were their water boy,” he said. Four years of racing in the Little 500 wasn’t enough for Bailey. After graduation, he took over as race director. He wanted to continue to be part of something that changed his life—he didn’t want to alter it, but leave his mark on a race that already had six decades of history. “Over the past five years, I’ve grown to appreciate the race and the University a lot

key role on the track,” junior Sam Anderson said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing how that plays out in this year’s race.” While Sig Ep lost Torrance, they bring back three riders with race experience and knowledge of what it takes to win the race. Anderson has the most race experience as a junior with two races under his belt. Sophomore Charlie Hicks and senior captain Chris Turi both have competed in one race each. Anderson was Sig Ep’s top ITT

more,” Bailey said. Although he said it’s a bittersweet feeling to be in his final year, he’s excited for the future. He and his wife will be moving to Atlanta this summer, where he hopes to continue a career in what he calls the “action sports industry.” A new race director will be hired soon after this race season ends. Looking back on his time with the race, Bailey is grateful for it all, but there’s one moment he won’t forget. Not only did he have the chance to witness the BKB win its first ever Little 500 title two years ago, he was on the podium at the end, handing his former team the trophy. “(As race director) you have to wear a different hat where it’s a more unbiased look at the field,” he said. “But it was pretty special to be able to see them get their first team victory.” PHOTOS COURTESY OF JORDAN BAILEY

Jordan Bailey has spent his last nine years as both race director, left, and a rider for Black Key Bulls, right.

finisher as he finished with a time of 2:27.21, which was good for 21st place. While they didn’t have any riders inside the top twenty, their depth was shown with seven riders in the top 50. Last year’s team was defined by the brilliance of Torrance, while this year’s Sig Ep team is defined by the high level of competition throughout their team. “We inspired a lot of guys to join,” Hicks said. “Repeating would be awesome. We brought in two juniors and two freshmen that are all on board. We are a lot deeper this year.” Hicks said the chance to repeat has sparked a sense of competition among the riders. The team of four that will actually race is up for change until only a few days before the race, so each member of the team went through more intense training in a battle for one of the spots. “That helps a lot from a team dynamic standpoint,” Hicks said. “It’s really critical to have five, six or seven guys fighting for spots and pushing themselves.” This aspect of their team has allowed their training to be more intense, especially during the monotonous days. “In a sport where you train all winter inside, it’s easy to get burned out,” Anderson said. “But having that yellow jersey has really kept us motivated to train. Every time we get on our bikes to train, we think about that jersey and defending the title.”


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Then-president of the University Herman B Wells congratulates the winners of the 1959 Mini 500. The Mini 500 was a two-lap race held in Assembly Hall where each member raced a half lap before passing the tricycle to the next rider.

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Delta Tau Delta coach Courtney Bishop calls out times during Team Pursuit at Bill Armstrong Stadium. With Bishop in charge, Delta Tau Delta has maintained a strong showing each season.

Delta Tau Delta coach and race veterans hoping to encourage team to continued success By Andrew Hussey

The cycling coach Courtney Bishop speaks quietly just minutes before one of his star pupils Luke Tormoehlen puts up the second-fastest Individual Time Trial time of 2016. His Delta Tau Delta team says he’s the loudest Little 500 coach out there, and Bishop doesn’t rebut that claim. He has reason to be loud: he’s turned around the once declining Delts cycling program and made it into a consistent threat to taking home the Little 500 title. “The program has come a long way,” Bishop said. “I took over the program in 2009 and they were historically one of the worst fraternities.” The Delts failed to qualify in 2002 and 2003, and did not crack the top-ten in the subsequent years prior to his arrival. Ever since Bishop became coach in 2009, the Delts have been one of the best, if not the best, Little 500 team, Bishop said. The crown jewel of those seven years was their Little 500 title in 2012 and their average finish during Bishop’s time at the helm has been third. What’s changed during that time period? “I don’t know if there’s another team that trains as hard as we do,” freshman Griffin Casey said. “We care a lot about this and we put in another level of work.” The one driving their workouts is Bishop. “I am probably very loud,” Bishop said. “I try and use that in a motivational way and I think it makes our workouts unique. If you can get through our workouts, the race is nothing.” Bishop said a lot of guys come to the team with no cycling experience, but their effort through training molds them into top riders. Bishop said he constantly resets the bar in terms of what hard is for the riders, and that is what makes all the difference. Once they have mastered one level of training, Bishop intensifies it to a new degree.


Courtney Bishop, far left, and other members of Delta Tau Delta celebrate after winning the 2012 men's Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

“The program has come a long way. I took over the program in 2009 and they were historically one of the worst fraternities.” Courtney Bishop, Delta Tau Delta coach

“Winning the race would mean everything to me. It would be satisfaction for all the hard work we’ve put in. My life revolves around the Little 500.” Luke Tormoehlen, Delta Tau Delta captain

“I don’t know if there’s another team that trains as hard as we do. We care a lot about this and we put in another level of work. Griffin Casey, freshman Delta Tau Delta rider

Two of the riders who Bishop said came in with little cycling experience and have developed into top riders are seniors Luke Tormoehlen and Anthony Vicino, who have ridden in the past two Little 500s for the Delts. The other riders don’t have any race experience.

“We have had really good leadership,” Casey said. “They have paved the way for us to do well and set us up to be well-prepared for the race, so there’s not a reason to worry about experience.” For the past two years, the Delts have been near the front of the race but have come up short in the closing moments.

In last year’s race, the Delts gained a 15-second lead late in the race. The front of the pack caught back up with them, and the Delts ended up finishing sixth. “We can learn from last year’s race,” Tormoehlen said. “Knowing how much riders have left is something we are going to do this year. Breaking away late put us in a difficult position, and we were maxed out.” In 2014, the Delts were in a sprint to the finish and finished fourth. Vicino said riding in those two races gave him a good idea of what the race could throw at them and has helped them prepare for this year’s race. “We have been so close these past two years on the last two laps,” Vicino said. “We want to lead into the next chapter of Delts cycling.” Tormoehlen is the Delts’ top rider in this year’s race. He had the second-fastest ITT time and was narrowly edged out in Miss N Out’s by Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Krahulik brothers. “Winning the race would mean everything to me,” Tormoehlen said. “It would be satisfaction for all the hard work we’ve put in. My life revolves around the Little 500.” For this team, winning a second Little 500 title would be a nod to the past. “It would be so awesome to win for the alumni,” sophomore Jack Moore said. “They have done so much work to make our program what it is today. To see the fruits of their labor pay off would be great.” Tormoehlen echoed that sentiment, and as captain he knows how big winning would be for the future of Delts cycling. “It would be a big win for this team,” Tormoehlen said. “But it would be a big win for the continuation of our program’s sustainability.” The Delts have a good chance to add to their run of strong finishes as they start in the second position, the highest in their program’s history. “Continuing that line of riders is what drives them,” Bishop said. “It’s starting to get to a point where winning is almost an expectation.”

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Alpha Omicron Pi competes during Team Pursuit at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Following a year of being unrecognized, the team looks towards being an elite challenger for defending champions Kappa Alpha Theta.

Ready for recognition Alpha Omicron Pi vying for respect after a period of not being recognized By Hailey Hernandez |

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In 2015, Alpha Omicron Pi knew it had a competitive team, but they said the respect and recognition stopped there. With three rookie riders that year, AOPi still had a lot to learn. It knew its strengths and its weaknesses, but was considered to be flying under the radar. Last spring, during multiple events, announcers referred to AOPi as Alpha Omegatron Pi, senior Michaela Ranft remembers. Ranft and her team have replayed the 2015 race tape multiple times, and every time it still stings having to wait until AOPi is finally mentioned, around lap 87. “They didn’t even know our own names,” Ranft said. “They kept saying, ‘Here comes AOPi with a push for the top of the pack,’ but we were like, ‘No, we’ve been here the whole time and no one realized.’” This year, AOPi’s race team of Leigh Dukeman, Audrey Healey, Ali Oppel and Ranft all placed in the top 15 at Individual Time Trials. The team has already established itself as a team to watch as a definite group who belongs at the top of the board.

“I think the fact that we weren’t recognized before gives us motivation,” Healey said. “We definitely have a little bit of a chip on our shoulder like we’ve got something to prove.” Ranft is a four-year rider and after a few seasons of rebuilding and begging girls to get involved, she finally managed to form a solid team last year with riders who were strong athletes and ready to commit. Compared to previous seasons, this is the most fun she’s had, Ranft said. After being caught between responsibilities as both captain and coach, the team found Craig Paiement to take over the coaching role for AOPi. “He has helped us, encouraged us and given us things we need to work on,” Healey said. “Last year we were just coaching ourselves, so we really had no idea. He’s really given us pointers on how to take advantage of our strengths and now we’re more prepared than ever.” Being a part of a team with so much potential is a whole new world, Ranft said, but in a good way. AOPi feels a lot more pressure now, but

Both Ranft and Healy agree, they don’t have an allstar rider, but they also don’t have a weakest link. Now AOPi has a different raceday goal than it had last year. “Being there on the last lap was something we were very proud of,” Ranft said. “We hadn’t finished 100 laps in the race in the past six years, so just being there in the last lap was huge. That was our goal, we knew if we could just make it to the last lap, then we could win. But our strategy fell apart at the end. We were so young we were like, ‘We’re here, now what do we do?’” With their experience and improvements, AOPi isn’t nervous to take the track anymore. They’re excited. It’s been through the worst, and AOPi feels like this year it has a chance to finish as the best. “There’s going to be four or five teams at the end and it could very well come down to the final sprint,” Ranft said. “I think with our depth we’re going to be able to save whoever does that final sprint to be ready for it when it comes. And I expect to win, to be totally honest. I think it would be crazy to expect anything else.”

it also has a lot more fun. “When your whole team is strong, and you’re working together for something, it means so much more,” Ranft said. “It makes it more exciting and challenging because we know people are finally watching us.” Last year AOPi did a lot of reacting to what other teams were doing. When Kappa Alpha Theta was making a move, AOPi would catch on and strategize what to do next, Ranft said. If Phoenix was doing something a certain way, AOPi had to adapt and follow along. Healey was part of the group caught in the wreck last year at the end of the race, and again, AOPi had to quickly react if it wanted to recover. After Healey went down, she questioned if her top lip was even still there. Another rider rode over the top of her before she was pulled to the side and taken away on a stretcher. Oppel quickly grabbed a bike, but the rest of the team was shell-shocked. No one could move. AOPi felt powerless. This year, the tables have turned. AOPi will be one of the teams with that power to dictate the race.

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Grey Goat riders jump on their bikes at the beginning of Team Pursuit at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Grey Goat placed fifth with a time of 9:45.61.

Gray Goats still feel like underdogs for Little 500 despite experience, starting position By Andrew Hussey

The Gray Goat cycling team is experienced. They will tell you that much. They will also tell you that despite their experience, they are still underdogs. Their top-three riders have all ridden in two Little 500s, while the fourth has one Little 500 under his belt. “I know coming in our freshman year, we really didn’t know what to expect,” junior captain Thomas

Torbik said. “Being able to train and have that experience has been helpful.” Having more experience has given each member of the team greater knowledge about the race and how to prepare for it. In the past three years, Gray Goat had an average finish of 13. Now, they said they are trying to break into the top 10. Junior James Welch said the biggest training change they have made since their freshman year was adding more base miles in the fall

and starting to race during the summer. They’ve changed how they train by trial-and-error. Each member of Gray Goat joined in different, almost random, ways. Every rider had his own path to the relatively young independent team. Ryan and Matt Kiel, who both worked at the Gray Goat bike shop in Indianapolis, started the Gray Goat team in 2008. They previously were Black Key Bull rookies and, because the team was so big, they

wanted to make their own team so they could race. Gray Goat bike shop gives the team some money, but the rest comes from alumni and T-shirt sales. “Basically we try to scrape by with as little as possible,” Torbik said. “We don’t have as huge a budget as some teams do, so we pretty much get the minimum it takes to get in the race, which is $500, and the rest is out of our own pockets because we love what we do.” As an independent team,

funding isn’t the only disadvantage they have compared to the fraternity teams. “The fanbase during the race is a disadvantage,” junior Brad Klingele said. “During the race, it’s built on your friends and your family and not just your brothers.” Welch added there is less of a recruiting base to get people on their team. They all contend these aren’t huge problems. “Everyone else out here is riding every day,” sophomore Sam Stratton said. “And that’s what we are do-


ing. Other than having recruits and a larger fanbase, it’s just about the same.” Even with some disadvantages, Gray Goat was not fazed by their competition and qualified in sixth place. “With the bigger teams, you expect them to be out front and set the pace,” Torbik said. “We can just sit in there.” The underdogs are experienced, and with their high starting position, they are in a good spot to try to win their first Little 500 as a program.





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From left to right, Luke Tormoehlen of Delta tau Delta, Andy and Joe Krahulik of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Riley Figg of Wright Cycling ride through the first turn at Bill Armstrong Stadium during Miss N Out. Joe Krahulik placed first for the men's race, followed closely by his brother Andy.



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Andy and Joe Krahulik savored the moment. With locked arms, the brothers rode a celebratory lap around the cinder track of Bill Armstrong Stadium. The two were jubilant after they finished one-two in the Miss N Outs. The younger brother, Joe, took the crown. They had dreamed of this moment since they were kids, growing up with Little 500 posters in their room. All these years later, the two are a part of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon cycling team, and together could be contenders for the Little 500 trophy. The brothers’ path to SAE is parallel. After both brothers graduated from their high school swimming team, they needed a competitive outlet. That became cycling. They each started out on independent teams — Andy began riding for the Cutters and Joe for the Black Key Bulls. Andy left the Cutters and joined SAE in the spring of his freshman year. When Joe came to IU, Andy was

a junior and had ridden for SAE in two races. “I wanted to give him some space on SAE,” Joe said. “It was his team, and he pretty much built the program. It was his territory, and I didn’t want to step into his limelight.” His freshman year, Joe made it through winter break with the Black Key Bulls, but after an injury, every-

“My strategy for getting him to come to our team was Chocolate Moose ice cream and I didn’t recruit him,” Andy said. “I talked with the younger guys in our chapter and let those guys convince him.” After a long brotherly talk, Joe joined SAE and the pair became the foundation of their team. Later that spring, both would

“While cycling plays to his strengths of being fast and strong, it also plays to my strength of being smart in the pack. It’s nice to have those two different perspectives because we can see things from both angles.” Andy Krahulik, senior SAE rider

thing changed. “It was an intensive program,” Joe said. “During winter break, I had time to step back and look at it. Honestly it reminded me a lot of high school swimming. It was monotonous at times.” At that point, Andy reached out to his younger brother and asked him to join SAE, the program that Andy had helped build back up.

ride in the Little 500, helping SAE to a fourth-place finish. After finishing 19th in last year’s ITTs, Joe was ready and confident going into his first race. “I realized how quickly it starts to hurt when you are out there by yourself,” Joe said. “I ended doing a lot more work than I should have, and I was pretty dead at the end.” Andy added he was astounded

with his team’s finish last year because, other than him, the team was made up of three rookies. All four riders from that team have returned: the Krahulik brothers and seniors Jake Hartmeister and Mitchell Sasseman. To build upon their first Little 500 together, the brothers trained at the Major Taylor Veledrome in Indianapolis last summer. They had grown up in the shadow of the Veledrome as they watched their father race there when they were kids, but this was their chance to shine on the track. The pair participated in different races there over the summer. “Riding there teaches you how to manipulate other riders and manipulate packs,” Andy said. “It just teaches you how to race.” The brothers didn’t race each other because they were in different categories. It’s hard to separate this pair of brothers, though. “I would say we are close,” Joe said. “A lot of people would say we act very similar and look very SEE KRAHULIK, PAGE 15


Joseph Krahulik holds up Sigma Alpha Epsilon's time before putting it up on the qualification board at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Sigma Alpha Epsilon finished with a qualifying time of 2:22.946.


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RESIDENT RIDERS Teter rebuilding to top of the pack as only women’s residence hall team By Hailey Hernandez |

After a wreck last year, Teter couldn’t do much to recover. The runner-up from 2014 fell into an 11th place finish in 2015. Senior Julia Thomas had to take some time off to re-evaluate if the result was worth the training. Stepping back to look at the bigger picture, Thomas realized she would miss it too much if she gave up on the sport and the team. “It came down to the fact that I knew I had one more shot,� Thomas said. “I had one more year to do the things to make it right.� Thomas, a three-year rider, called 2015 a rebuilding year. At the beginning of this season, Teter was ready to make changes to put it back at the top, where Thomas knows it belongs. One of those changes started with a new coach. Since 2005, Teter has operated under the same coach. But he lived in Chicago and it became harder and harder for the team to communicate with him and get instruction. The team felt disadvantaged because he wasn’t able to be in Bloomington. “It just got to a point where it ran its course,� Thomas said. “An alumni put us in touch with John Becker, who used to ride for Theta Chi. He races around the country but lives in Bloomington. It’s been great because he can be here every day we need him. Having someone who can work with us hands-on has been great.� Changing coaches allowed Teter to get immediate feedback from someone who really knows the sport. Having Becker at practice to point out strengths and weaknesses has changed the way the team prepares, this time training according to personal abilities. “This year, a big focus for us has been having everyone training how they can train so that each individual person is as good as they can be,� Thomas said. “From there, we can see what we have and we make it work.� Adapting its training program has been a huge way for Teter to improve this year, Thomas and senior teammate Eliza Heath said. “In the past, it was kind of the program where everyone followed one training plan and you just better be good at it,� Thomas said. “Now it’s kind of more personalized,


Teter Cycling rides through turn four at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Sunday during Team Pursuit.

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we do the best we can do, but when we put it all together, our improvements really show.� As the only women’s residence hall team in the field, Teter functions the same as a normal independent team with a sponsor. It usually has one rider on the team who lives in Teter, to give it its connection to the dorm. Kinsey Allen is the link this year, as the only freshman rider for the team. In addition, sophomore Chase Wischmeier and senior Kelsey Kluesner round out the rest of the Teter squad. With a small group, the riders have come to depend on each other, creating a family dynamic that Thomas, Allen and Heath agree is one of the best parts. When Allen started her freshman year at IU, she had no idea what to expect. But right off the bat, Allen met Thomas and the two clicked. Allen doesn’t know what a college experience would be like without biking for Teter. “I met Julia at Welcome Week, so that’s where it all started,� Allen said. “Right away I knew everything was going to change when I joined. Now, when I’m struggling or want to give up, I just think of Eliza and Julia and how proud of me they will be if I keep going. I don’t ever want to let them down.� Similarly, three years ago Thomas knew she was signing up for a competitive team, but it has been a lifestyle change more than anything, she said. In the end, if she could do it all over again, she would. As the rider with the most race experience, Thomas compares this year’s team to those from the past. In 2016, this team easily stacks up against some of the best she’s been a part of, she said. Teter is hoping for its endurance to carry it toward the top of the pack, where it is ready to prove again it’s where it belongs. In terms of race strategy for Friday, Teter has a pretty good idea. The main focus is to be prepared for anything. It’s impossible to have a set plan and stick to it, especially after what happened last year, Thomas said, and her team agrees. “Last year, we didn’t feel as though we were an 11th place team by any means,� Thomas said. “This is a new era for us. We really want to put Teter at the top and stay at the top because we feel like we are one of the teams that deserves it.�


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MEET THE WOMEN OF LITTLE 500 1—Kappa Alpha Theta Grace Bennett Abby Rogers Madeline Lambert

Evelyn Malcomb Rachel Brown Sydney Keaton

4—Alpha Omicron Pi Leigh Dukeman Michaela Ranft Ali Oppel

Audrey Healey Chelsea Richardson Kaci Garrity

7—SKI Ashley Williams Emily Carrico

Megan Huibregtse

10—Alpha Gamma Delta Nikki Sage Logan Ritter Siobhan McCulloch

Cally Schisler Meghan Ernst Adrianna Lamphier

13—Kappa Delta Jessica McKune Libby Momper Penny Weiler

Lauren Backmeyer Jess McKune Whitney Carroll

16—Alpha Xi Delta Paige Masterson Alexandra Jostes Amelia Nelson

Ellen Potocsnak Katherine Evinger Katie Moreland

19—Gamma Phi Beta Janey Fielder Danielle Park Danielle Schapiro

Elissa Hermanson Marley Kalat Kayley Adams

22—RideOn Alison Engle Brittany Caputo Sheridon Halloran

Sarah Gaither Shelby Snyder Kelly Mrofcza

25—Phi Mu Nicole Coghlan Stephanie Chinn Abby Vehrs

Katie Kapusta Emily Heldman Mary Cate Pachciarz

28—IU Nursing Samantha Pauley Anna Broadwater

Hannah Zimmerman

31—Alpha Epsilon Phi Alana O’Mara Brooke Schneiderman Sydney Chaiken

Stefanie Saag Ivana Videlefsky Lilly Morgan


Lauren Brand Tabitha Sherwood

3—Delta Gamma

Clara Butler Melissa Ragatz

Madison Borgmann Audrey Morlan Kristen Bignal

5—Teter Julia Thomas Kinsey Allen Eliza Heath

6—Alpha Chi Omega

Kelsey Kluesner Chase Wischmeier

Clarice Cross Alissa Becker Alexandra Kolar

8—Kappa Kappa Gamma Alyssa Richards Taylor Hannasch Emma Harrison

Patricia Skulborstad Madeline Fletchall Lexi Viterisi

Emily Binhack Abigail Snyder Stephanie Volkmar

Hannah Wade Kirsten Drehobl Haley Paxton

Meghan Lee Mary Lechner

Julie Daugherty Izzy Stein Melinda Ho

Abby Messenger Megan Meyers Kayla Brahm

Margaret Miles Bridget Barnes

Katherine Burkett Amelia McCann Alexis Malay

Alison Schwieterman

Michelle Lesniewski Jessica Mielke Morgan Robertson

MJ Schulz Megan Young Amy Shedd

Lauren Dowden Lexie Boor

27—Delta Phi Epsilon

Sydney Baker Sydney DiGregory

Emily Bennett Brittany Cohee Marie Wirsing

29—Zeta Tau Alpha Lydia Knoll Molly Macy

Paige Robertson Lucy Brown Geraldine Pattengale

24—Delta Zeta

Rachel Rodgers Alyssa Aungst

26—Alpha Phi Alison Colby Gabrielle Baker

Tatiana Knox Kelsey Foster

21—Independent Council

23—Wing It Hayden Lang Najwa Jumali Emily Johns

Chelsea Katz Hannah Taylor Grace Skorkin

18—Theta Phi Alpha

20—Chi Omega Samantha Dawson Betsy Astrup

Shay Britzke Hallie Pedersen

15—Alpha Delta Pi

17—Delta Sigma Pi Carson Weaver Samantha Harr Rachel Alizadeh

Brooke Hannon Shania James


14—Melanzana Melissa Ford Fallon Lilly Rachel Herr

Miller Fahey Emily Bromm Danielle Evans


11—Alpha Sigma Alpha Anna Darling Morgan Rhodes Skye Summay

Katherine Ziegler Sarah Rivich Katie Ziegler

Hannah Pimley Taylor Rowes

30—Delta Delta Delta

Abigail Cohen Olivia Kirsh

Kendall Sharpe Cassidy Conn

Alexa Dimperio Lily Pickus

32—Sigma Delta Tau Emily Kahn-Perry Maddy Fournier Kelsey Bardach

Raya Seidman Meital Shachaf

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1 Kappa Alpha Theta


Delta Gamma

Alpha Omicron Pi


Alpha Chi Omega


Kappa Kappa Gamma



Delta Tau Delta

Black Key Bulls

Wright Cycling

Phi Delta Theta

Gray Goat

Pi Kappa Alpha

Sigma Alpha Epsilon


Beta Theta Pi


Sigma Chi

Alpha Sigma Phi

Lambda Chi Alpha


Alpha Epsilon Pi

Sigma Alpha Mu

Delta Chi

Pi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Sigma

Sigma Nu

Sigma Phi Epsilon

Forest Cycling

Young Pioneer

Pi Lambda Phi

Phi Gamma Delta

Young Life

Phi Sigma Kappa

Beta Sigma Psi

Theta Chi

Tau Kappa Epsilon

Zeta Beta Tau

Delta Sigma Pi

2 3 4 Alpha Gamma Delta

Alpha Sigma Alpha


5 Kappa Delta


Alpha Delta Pi

6 Alpha Xi Delta

Delta Sigma Pi

Theta Phi Alpha

7 Gamma Phi Beta

Chi Omega

Independent Council

8 RideOn

Wing It

Delta Zeta

9 Phi Mu

Alpha Phi

Delta Phi Epsilon

10 IU Nursing

Zeta Tau Alpha

Delta Delta Delta

11 Alpha Epsilon Phi

Sigma Delta Tau

RULES OF THE RACE THE RACE The women’s race is 100 laps, which is equivalent to 25 miles, while the men’s race is 200 laps, or about 50 miles. Both races are on the quarter-mile cinder track at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Entrants are given onespeed Schwinn bicycles. Teams are made up of as many as four riders. The riders treat the race much like a running relay. When a rider is tired, they exchange the bicycle with a teammate. Any full time IU undergraduate can ride in the Little 500. PITS Each team will be assigned a pit along the outside of the track according to its qualification position. These pits are approximately 16 feet wide and 6 feet deep. All exchanges and bicycle repairs must be made within these boundaries. An exception is when adjacent teams are exchanging simultaneously, one team may step beyond the restraining line to complete

its exchange. Each team is allowed to have a pit crew not exceeding two persons — one in the pit and one on the infield with the bicycle. THE LINEUP The order of the starting lineup will be determined by the qualification times. The teams will be grouped in rows of three, starting with the No. 1 pole position team on the inside of the track. All No. 1 riders will be mounted and ready fi ve minutes before the pace lap, after which time no crew member will be allowed on the inside of the track. PENALTIES Teams guilty of violating these rules shall be penalized no more than 20 seconds. This time will be spent in the penalty box located near the starting line. A black fl ag given to the team shall indicate that a penalty has been imposed. Penalties include imposing another team, including pit and crew, 10 to 20 seconds; illegal

exchange from bicycle A to bicycle B, two seconds; using more than three pits for an exchange, two seconds; and unsportsmanlike conduct, fi ve to 20 seconds, depending on severity.

CHANGING RIDERS Teams will be allowed to change riders as often as they wish, but they must change a minimum of 10 times in the men’s race and fi ve times in the women’s race. Each bike exchange must begin in front of the pit of the team concerned, and it must be completed by the time the rider taking over has reached the far limits of the next pit on the right. Should the incoming rider fail to start the exchange in front of the correct pit, he or she must continue around for one more lap. If the rider backs up, the team will be subject to penalty. The outgoing rider may use the preceding pit to run and gain momentum for the exchange, but the actual exchange of the bike must take place in the correct pit area.


GREEN BLUE WITH Starting ORANGE signal, clears STRIPE course Bicycle attempting to pass

BLACK Ride on the outside of the track

RED WHITE CHECKERED YELLOW Stop; race is Starting last Race Ride with lap completed caution and halted maintain position


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Pit Judge - Presides over pits to monitor conduct, such as exchanges. One judge presides over every two pits. Starter - Give the flag S signals for start/finish line.


1. Kappa Alpha Theta 2. Phoenix 3. Delta Gamma 4. Alpha Omicron Pi 5. Teter 6. Alpha Chi Omega 7. SKI 8. Kappa Kappa Gamma 9. CSF 10. Alpha Gamma Delta 11. Alpha Sigma Alpha 12. Cru 13. Kappa Delta 14. Melanzana 15. Alpha Delta Pi 16. Alpha Xi Delta 17. Delta Sigma Pi


1. Cutters 2. Delta Tau Delta 3. Black Key Bulls 4. Wright Cycling 5. Phi Delta Theta 6. Gray Goat 7. Pi Kappa Alpha 8. Sigma Alpha Epsilon 9. CSF 10. Beta Theta Pi 11. 3PH 12. Sigma Chi 13. Alpha Sigma Phi 14. Lambda Chi Alpha 15. Acacia 16. Alpha Epsilon Pi 17. Sigma Alpha Mu




Timer - Located in press box and is responsible for lap counting and

Inspector - Display yellow flag, clear track of wrecks, control re-entry, point out infractions.


18. Theta Phi Alpha 19. Gamma Phi Beta 20. Chi Omega 21. Independent Council 22. RideOn 23. Wing It 24. Delta Zeta 25. Phi Mu 26. Alpha Phi 27. Delta Phi Epsilon 28. IU Nursing 29. Zeta Tau Alpha 30. Delta Delta Delta 31. Alpha Epsilon Phi 32. Sigma Delta Tau

18. Delta Chi 19. Pi Kappa Phi 20. Phi Kappa Sigma 21. Sigma Nu 22. Sigma Phi Epsilon 23. Forest Cycling 24. Young Pioneer 25. Pi Lambda Phi 26. Phi Gamma Delta 27. Young Life 28. Phi Sigma Kappa 29. Beta Sigma Psi 30. Theta Chi 31. Tau Kappa Epsilon 32. Zeta Beta Tau 33. Delta Sigma Pi

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MEET THE MEN OF LITTLE 500 *Members collected based on participation in spring series events

1—Cutters Nick Thiery Logan Kuhn Erik Schwedland

2—Delta Tau Delta

Christopher Pilipiszyn Jacob Scott Samuel Cruz

4—Wright Cycling Evan Zehr Caleb Langley Riley Figg

Andrew Goodrum Jacob Greene

Rob Lee Tibet Spencer Ryan Romenesko

Anthony Raymond Dale Robey John Arcaro

Mitchell Sasseman Andrew Krahulik Jake Hartmeister

John Hyndman Colton Renier Jonathan Jaggard

Reid Wilson Matthew Thompson Mitchell Duke

Logan Burton Tyler Sweem

Jared Gershowitz Cody Reiff

19—Pi Kappa Phi James Morrison West McDonald

Matthew Laubach George Rath

Charles Richardson Alex Robinson

Peter Arnold Daniel Cox Benjamin Harris

Daniel Kahn Adam Oldham

Isaac Sullivan Brad Blank

Jack Garlick John Hummel Jack Garlick

31—Tau Kappa Epsilon Robert Satterthwaite Michael Levin

Daniel Koch Ahmed Damra

Samuel Patterson Addison Sullivan

26—Phi Gamma Delta

28—Phi Sigma Kappa Conor Overman Daniel Reumund Ben Carter

Noah Goldstein Zach Meiner

23—Forest Cycling Joseph Hunt Lewis Woods Colin Evans

25—Pi Lambda Phi Anthony Lemon Johann Villalvir Andrew Casati

Daniel Cummins Keegan McCurry

20—Phi Kappa Sigma

22—Sigma Phi Epsilon Charlie Hicks Chris Turi Samuel Anderson

Jake Cohen Evan Mazurkiewicz Trevor Uhl

17—Sigma Alpha Mu Brian Singer Adam Goot Sam Lansat

Nicholas Hartman Noah Voyles Charlie Hammon

Spencer Brauchla Xavier Martinez Kevin Mangel

6—Gray Goat James Welch Thomas Torbik Brad Klingele

Samuel Stratton Joshua Richards

9—CSF Bryson Stevens Michael Shew David Wesner

Evan Lee Kevin Drake

12—Sigma Chi

14—Lambda Chi Alpha Jeff Gough Nicholas Ahlers John Brandt

16—Alpha Epsilon Pi Zach Horowitz Skylar Gibson Evan Safrin

Joseph Krahulik Peyton Crantford Daniel Rosebrock


13—Alpha Sigma Phi Neil Bassett Nathan Hokenson Alec Friend

Lars Feste Donald Kwasigroch Jack Wolfe

8—Sigma Alpha Epsilon

10—Beta Theta Pi Kyle Knight Jack McNamara Aneil Sood

William Lussenhop Jack Moore

5—Phi Delta Theta

7—Pi Kappa Alpha Ian Kelly Nick Wethington Chase Van Halen

Warren Clayton Griffin Casey Luke Tormoehlen

3—Black Key Bulls

Bobby Coyle Frank Reed

Elliot Cofer John Eckhart

Timothy Ryan David Holtkamp

15—Acacia Benjamin Kern Cody Vandevender Kyle Doyle

Chase Duncan William Kerr

18—Delta Chi Abel Barrera Duran Sean Hartwick Eddie Krillenberger

John Virgil Daniel Majors Sean Mullaney

21—Sigma Nu Michael Schmahl Austin Roach

Jeremy Crawford Justin Gould

24—Young Pioneer Heng Lin Chaorun Fan

Duo Xu Haoming Liu

27—Young Life Evan Slagle Michael DeReu

Nicholas Boyd

29—Beta Sigma Psi

30—Theta Chi

Keegan Fessenden Jackson Fessenden

Alex Kunce Austin Galm

Jake Kelley Collin Ebel

32—Zeta Beta Tau

Edson Cuiriz Michael Sellitto

Nick Otten Brett Spike

Patrick Wisdom

Jake Weiskirch Matthew Winkeljohn

33—Delta Sigma Pi Hudson Brown Eric He

Joseph Gawor Kevin O’Brien


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Joe and Andy Krahulik lead Sigma Alpha Epsilon during Team Pursuit at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Team Pursuit is an event where teams of four ride 15 laps around the track as fast as they can. SAE came in second with a time of 9:32.65.



similar. We’ve meshed together really well.” The line of demarcation between them has always been who’s faster. It’s been that way since childhood, when the two became involved in swimming. “He’s always been faster than me in swimming,” Andy said. “And up until this year, I was faster biking. There’s always been an edge of competitiveness between us.” Joe’s speed was on full display in this year’s ITTs, as he came away

“I would say we are close. A lot of people would say we act very similar and look very similar. We’ve meshed together really well.” Joe Krahulik, sophomore SAE rider

from the rain-soaked night with the second-fastest ITT time ever. He also edged out Andy in Miss N Out by a few inches. While Joe might have the speed, Andy said he believes the two are better together than they are alone. “While cycling plays to his strengths of being fast and strong, it also plays to my strength of being smart in the pack,” Andy said. “It’s

nice to have those two different perspectives because we can see things from both angles.” Andy added that this has made the team much better. The program was restarted in 2011, and they have been steadily improving since then. With the arrival of Andy in the spring of 2013, the SAE program found new energy.

“For the most part, my legacy has already been built,” Andy said. “We have a good group of rookies and underclassmen that will keep the program going on full steam. The defining moment in my career has already passed. That was getting this team to this level.” With the team returning all four riders from last year and Joe’s impressive Spring Series, the pressure is squarely on the shoulders of this SAE team. “Last year, we were the dark horses,” Andy said. “This year, that’s going to be different. There’s a lot more focus on us as a team. It’s a new race for us.”



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