Louisville Cardinal Crit Recap

The Irish started off the 2016 season in Louisville, Kentucky with the Cardinal Crit on March 12th. The team had a strong first showing and besides a small amount of rain, the day was warm and pleasant. Even though they were tired from the Spring training trip, the Irish had several outstanding performances.

The day of racing started off with the men’s D race. Charles and Anthony Hall made their Notre Dame cycling debut and both finished in the top half of the field. Charles finished in 24th, while Anthony was right behind in 26th. Returning riders in the men’s D included David Berno (32nd), Ryan Green (46th), and Joe Mueller (47th).

The women’s B/C raced next, and started the season exactly how they ended it last year-with a win. Laura McMillion surprised everyone by sprinting out of the middle of the pack to win her first race ever! Sarah Cullen was right behind Laura, coming in second, and Kelly Valenzi finished in fourth. The Irish women are working on gaining upgrade points to move up to the A category, and it would appear that they will be able to move up soon.

Andrew Koch and David McKenna raced in the men’s B. David picked up a prime during the race, scoring extra points for the Irish. McKenna finished the race in 13th, right behind Andrew Koch who came in 12th.

The final race of the day was the men’s A race. Freshman Tony Pratt made his ND cycling debut, and his older brother James Pratt raced A’s for the first time. Tony came in 27th, and James finished 45th.

Overall, this was a great start to the season, and we can expect even better results next weekend at Lindsey Wilson after the Irish have had more time to recover from Spring training.

2016 Team Preview

The 2016 season starts this Saturday!

This year’s team has a lot of promising new racers in the men’s D, men’s A, and women’s B/C categories as well as many returning racers. The effects of the loss of superstars John Pratt and Jim Snitzer are yet to be seen, but a new wave of higher-category racers are eager to fill their shoes. The Irish Men’s D team is going to be very big this year, with both experienced and brand new riders who are very strong.

Here is an intro to our 2016 racers:

Men’s A:

This year’s A team will consist of brothers James (junior) and Tony (freshman) Pratt. The two brothers have both been racing for many years and James has raced for the Irish since his freshman year in the B’s. Tony is a category 2 and James is a category 3 racer and both race for their family’s team in the summer. Tony is expected to be one of the top racers in the MWCCC.

Men’s B:

The men’s B team will consist of all graduate students: Andrew Koch (Sacred Music), David McKenna (Physics) and Tom Frederick (Chemistry). All three have raced for the Irish before, and Andrew also races cyclocross for Notre Dame. The B team hopes to be able to work together to bring in top finishes this year.

Men’s C:

Connor Williams started racing last year as a sophomore and had many great finishes in the C’s. Last fall he won the Midwest Collegiate Triathlon Conference. Unfortunately, Connor suffered a broken foot last November and had to sit out of training this winter, but will likely be able to race later in the season. We are expecting some of the Men’s D members to move up into the C category later on in the season.

John Cerney (law student) will be moving up to Men’s C after winning the TTT, Road Race, AND Crit at last year’s Conference Championship. John is a powerful rider and will out-sprint most riders if he makes it to the end of the race in the lead group.

Men’s D:

The men’s D team is always big, and this year is no exception. Several returning riders, including David Berno (senior), Joe Mueller (senior), and Ryan Green (sophomore), will be joined by new riders including brothers Charles (senior) and Anthony (freshman) Hall, David Platt (grad), Cole Carnesecca (grad) and Liam O’Connor (senior). Berno, Mueller, and O’Connor are all triathletes and have completed 1/2 Ironmans. Ryan and David bring a lot of experience to the D’s. Charles Hall is a natural climber, gravity does not apply to him. Anthony has come a long way since joining the team this fall and is quickly becoming one of the strongest riders on the team. Together the men’s D have a good chance of winning races.

Women’s B/C

The women’s team consists of six returning riders and one new rider. Paige Handy (senior) has been racing since her freshman year and was a leader of the women’s team last year. This year, she is upping her training for a full Ironman this summer. Lillie Romeiser (grad student) has also competed in ironmans and marathons, and was a strong asset to the women’s team last year, often pulling hard in the time trials and road races for the benefit of her teammates. Sarah Cullen (junior) is returning for her third year after gaining more experience racing for the Ann Arbor Velo Club’s women’s team last summer. Emma-Kate Conlin (junior) has been racing three years as well and will help the women’s time trial team looking to qualify for nationals. Kelly Valenzi (team president, sophomore) is one of the team’s best sprinters, and had a good summer riding cross country with her father. Maggie Schmid (senior) started racing last year and quickly picked up skills and tactics, and will hopefully add more top finishes to her racing resume this year. The only new female, Laura McMillion (grad student) has been riding strong all year and will be joining the women’s A TTT. Throughout the season, many of the women’s B/Cs are expecting to upgrade to As.

2016 Kit Pre-Orders!


2016 Notre Dame Cycling Kit Pre-Sale

Hello supporters of ND Cycling,

It’s time! The official 2016 Notre Dame Cycling Kit pre-sale is open to the general public. The pre-order will conclude at 11:59pm on Wednesday November 25th and all items will be delivered in January. We apologize for not having them ready in time for Christmas. To submit an order, visit our online student shop:

ND Cycling Store

For sizing please refer to the Hincapie Sizing Chart. Most items are available in both men’s and women’s sizes. We are offering two short-sleeve jersey fits: (1) a traditional relaxed “club fit” Axis Short-Sleeve Jersey, and (2) a tighter “race fit” Velocity Short-Sleeve Jersey. Additionally, we are offering several other matching custom cycling apparel options such as bibshorts, gloves, and jackets for you to ride in style throughout the year! Visit the online store for a list of all options.

Thank you for supporting the ND Cycling Team. Your support allows us to compete across the Midwest and to represent the University of Notre Dame at Collegiate Nationals! If you have any questions, email bike@nd.edu.

Nationals Recap

Notre Dame’s John Pratt and Jim Snitzer represented the Irish at the Collegiate National Championships in Asheville, NC on May 8-10. As the top 2 DII riders from the MWCCC, the two seniors went into the weekend confident and ready to take on the nation’s best collegiate cyclists.

The 3-lap, 75-mile road race took place on Friday afternoon in Marshall, NC, just north of Asheville. There were 4 significant climbs in the first half of the course before a flat last 10 miles along the French Broad River into the finish. By the time the race started, it was extremely humid and temperatures had reached the upper 80s. The conditions made staying hydrated and fueling properly especially important. Both Notre Dame riders stayed near the front of the race during the first lap. Pratt found himself in a small breakaway group that got away for a few miles before being caught at the beginning of lap 2. Snitzer responded to numerous attacks on the next couple climbs and found himself in a select group of 12 that was chasing a few small breakaway groups. With about 20 miles to go, Snitzer made his own attack in an effort to bridge to riders up the road. After being away for about 5 miles with a rider from Mars Hill, the two were caught by the group behind. As they came to the finish, sprinting for 8th place, Snitzer suffered from cramps in his legs, but still managed to finish 16th overall. Pratt also experienced cramping during the last lap from dehydration and lack of electrolytes and ended up 46th.

Saturday’s criterium course in downtown Asheville included a large climb and fast descent with a sharp corner at the bottom of the hill. The race was certainly not a traditional criterium. With over half of the field being pulled from the race, it came down to which riders could consistently match the pace up the climb each lap. Another day of hot temperatures made the race even more difficult. Pratt and Snitzer found their way into the second group on the road, only behind the 10 leaders. With about 15 minutes remaining in the race, Pratt put in acceleration on the hill to bridge his way to riders falling back from the leaders. Racing for 11th place the, Pratt slid out on the last turn in the final lap. He quickly remounted and finished 14th, while Snitzer finished shortly thereafter for 20th.

Racing returned to Marshall on Sunday for the final race of the weekend, the individual time trial. Pratt posted the early best time of the day, riding the 20km course in 28:40. By the time Snitzer finished with a time of 28:31, the two were sitting in 2nd and 3rd. After all riders had finished, Snitzer was 7th and Pratt 10th overall. Both of them were less than 25 seconds off the podium.

It was the final race and proud end to a successful season for Notre Dame Cycling. Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters for a fantastic year. We are already looking forward to the 2016 road season!

Notre Dame Cycling 2015

TeamPicture2015(small)2015 MWCCC DII Team and Individual Omnium Champions

Back row (from left to right): Emma-Kate Conlin, Sarah Bueter, Kelly Valenzi, Maggie Schmid, Connor Williams, Scot Stanulis, Paige Handy, Sarah Cullen

Front row: John Cerney, Andrew Koch, James Pratt, Ryan Green, Jim Snitzer, John Pratt, Tom Frederick, David McKenna, David Berno

Not pictured: Lillie Romeiser


MWCCC Regionals Recap

Notre Dame Cycling hosted the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference (MWCCC) for the regional championships and the last race of the 2015 regular season this past weekend, April 25-26. On Saturday, the team time trials and road races were held 12 miles north of campus in Niles, MI. Sunday’s criterium was took place just south of the Eddy St. Commons, winding through the newly built Triangle Neighborhood.

Saturday morning, both the women’s B and men’s D teams continued their season-long dominance of the TTT to win their respective categories. The men’s B team held on for 4th place, despite being short 2 riders. The men’s A team delivered a 3rd place podium finish only 1 second behind the 2nd placed Lindenwood team and less than a minute behind the winners from Marian.

As the rain picked up throughout the day and the temperatures stayed in the mid-40s, riders were forced to battle rough conditions during the afternoon’s road races. D riders John Cerney (Grad.) and David McKenna (Grad.) continued the morning’s success with Cerney winning the race in a field sprint and McKenna taking 4th. In the women’s B race, the Irish scored 4 top 15 finishes. Sarah Cullen (So.) narrowly missed the win, taking 2nd place, while Kelly Valenzi (Fr.) was 4th, Maggie Schmid 9th, and Emma-Kate Conlin 13th. The men’s B squad had a run of bad luck with James Pratt (So.) suffering a flat tire after making the day’s winning breakaway and Tom Frederick (Grad.) crashing out. In the hotly contested 75-mile men’s A race, Jim Snitzer (Sr.) found his way into a chase group midway through the race. His group gained a substantial lead over the main field and he was 7th at the line. John Pratt (Sr.) and Luke Tilmans (Grad.) stayed near the front of the peloton throughout the race and finished 10th and 13th respectively after the field sprint.

On Sunday, riders returned for more fast-paced action in the criterium. In the first race of the day, Cerney rode solo off the front for a majority of the D race. Despite being nearly caught by a few riders in the final laps, he sprinted in front of them to take his 3rd win of the weekend. The women’s B squad followed up that performance in the next race, utilizing excellent team tactics to allow Valenzi to break off the front solo. She stayed away with a comfortable lead and notched her first career win. The rest of the team came in near the front of the field with Lillie Romeiser (Grad.) grabbing 4th, Cullen 5th, Schmid 7th, and Conlin 11th. In the men’s B race, Frederick rebounded after the previous day’s crash to take 12th, while Andrew Koch (Grad.) finished shortly behind him in 16th. In the last race of the weekend, the men’s A race, John Pratt made the early winning breakaway of 4 riders. The high-powered group lapped the field before the finish and Pratt sprinted to 3rd place. Tilmans remained in the peloton and luckily avoided a large crash in the final lap to finish 16th.

The home race marked the end of a demanding MWCCC season that included spring break training camp and 6 full race weekends. The team finished in 2nd place overall in the final standings, beating out several powerhouse club and varsity teams and only behind reigning national champion Marian. They handily won the title amongst DII teams ahead of Case Western. In the men’s DII individual omnium, Snitzer and Pratt finished 1st and 2nd respectively. The two seniors will represent the Irish at collegiate nationals in Asheville, NC on May 8-10.

Lindenwood Recap

Notre Dame Cycling made the trip to Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO on April 18-19 for the final away race weekend of the 2015 MWCCC season. In Saturday morning’s 13-mile team time trial, the women’s B squad continued their undefeated streak this season while the men’s B squad took 3rd.

The afternoon brought racers to what is probably the toughest road race course in the conference. The loop consisted of 4 significant climbs before a fast, slightly downhill finish. Graduate student David McKenna was the lone D rider for the team this weekend. He took 2nd place, just inches short of the win in the final sprint out of his 3-man breakaway. Sophomore Connor Williams also secured a position on the podium with his 3rd place in the C road race after leading over the climbs for a majority of the race. The Notre Dame women’s B riders stayed near the front of the race during the climbs. In the end, Paige Handy (Jr.) was 5th, Sarah Cullen (So.) 7th, Emma-Kate Conlin (So.) 10th, and Maggie Schmid (Jr.) 12th to earn the team more valuable points towards the season-long team omnium.

In the 66-mile men’s B race, Andrew Koch (Grad.) and James Pratt (So.) worked together to stay near the front of a very strong group. They earned 11th and 14th, respectively, in a race that saw over half of its riders drop out due to its difficulty. In the last race of the day, the men’s A field tackled the climbs faster each lap in their 88-mile race. Senior Jim Snitzer worked his way into a select lead group of 8 riders going into the final miles. After his and others’ attacks failed to break up the group, Snitzer finished 4th in the breakaway’s sprint to the line.

On Sunday, the action was brought to downtown historic St. Charles for the criterium. The triangle-shaped course included a sharp final turn and a finishing stretch on a brick road. Tight corners and rain pouring down all day made for a nervous day of racing. McKenna rebounded after a crash to rejoin the D field and earn 3rd, his second podium placing on the weekend. In women’s B’s, Schmid also recovered from a crash to take 5th, a career best. Cullen also rode a strong race and sprinted to 4th. Unfortunately, Conlin suffered a mechanical in the final laps and Handy suffered a hard crash that took her out of the race. She is now recovering from a heavily bruised shoulder and fighting to get back on the bike very soon!      Graduate student Thomas Frederick was the B squad’s best finisher in the criterium. He attacked with just a few laps remaining but was eventually chased down by the field. In the end, he still sprinted to an impressive 8th place. In the men’s A’s, John Pratt (Sr.) made the early breakaway. However, over-inflated and tread-less tires did not allow him to handle the turns as quickly as other riders. After a promising start to the race, he was forced to drop out of the race for his safety. He finished 24th, while Snitzer was 30th.

The Cycling Irish will host the MWCCC regional championships this upcoming weekend on April 25-26. The team goes in leading the conference in the DII team Omnium and vying with Lindenwood for 2nd place amongst all teams, only behind Marian. Men’s A riders Jim Snitzer and John Pratt are 1st and 2nd respectively in the DII individual Omnium.