Indianapolis/ West Lafayette – Five ND riders the trip to Indianapolis Saturday for a race hosted by Marian University. The criterium course wound through Marian’s campus starting in front of the main building. Josh Corcoran and Andrew O’Donnell raced in men’s C and both crashed out before the finish. O’Donnell was set to finish on the podium for the second week in a row before getting collected in an accident 50m from the line. Jenn Perricone had a strong race in Women’s A and finished 3rd. Brian Boyle and Joe Magro ended the afternoon for ND in Men’s A. Magro narrowly avoided crashing into a cone 200m from the finish and had to settle for 21st place.
On Sunday, injuries to a number of ND A riders forced the team to start Corcoran and O’Donnell in the team time trial where the ND managed a respectable 8th place result. In the C RR that afternoon O’Donnell continued his recent string of strong showings with a 6th place on Purdue’s challenging circuit. Corcoran also recorded a career best 13th. Perricone again impressed in women’s A riding the majority of the race in an elite breakaway and again finishing in 3rd position. Boyle flatted out of the Men’s A race while Magro battled 30mph sustained winds to finish with the main pack.
Although two race weekends remain on the conference schedule, ND has clinched a berth at the National Championships May 6-8 in Madison, WI.