in 1960, in Speedway, Indiana, the Speedway Wheelmen is the
oldest cycling team in Indiana. The team started with fifteen
members and has seen its ranks swell to as many as one hundred.
Nearly all of the cycling teams and clubs that have formed in
Central Indiana since then have had ties back to the Speedway
Cycling tradition in Indiana has to include IU's Little 500
and the movie "Breaking Away". Did you know that Dave
Blase, a Speedway Wheelmen, was the Real "Dave Stoller",
on which the movie "Breaking Away" is based?
The Speedway Wheelmen regularly produce high caliber cyclists,
placing both locally and nationally, wearing our colors of orange
and blue. Erin Hartwell got his start as a Speedway Wheelmen
and has medalled in the 87, 89, 90, and 94 National Championships
and also the 92 and 96 Olympic Games!
EXCELLENCE: Our team has produced excellent results
throughout the Midwest. Placing regularly on the podium in several
categories in the OVCX (Cyclocross), Velodrome (MTV) and on the Road.
Currently, the Speedway Wheelmen is comprised of members having
a diverse set of racing skills and interests. Olympic style
bicycle racing is sanctioned by the USA Cycling, which
ranks riders from category 5 (least experienced) to category
1 (most experienced and most winning). Currently, we have members
of ALL ages, categories, and genders.
(Velodrome) racing is a sport rich in tradition and has been
popular in America for over one hundred years. We have the strongest
track team in Indiana. Track bikes have no brakes and one fixed
gear. Throw in the steep, banked track and you have some exciting
racing for both racers and spectators.
Riders also compete in road events. The team and its members
maintain a high, well respected, profile in the cycling community
through its visibility at both road races and touring events.
The Speedway Wheelmen are also very active in cyclocross(The fastest growning segment of bike racing in the US). Members of the team compete and place in local,
regional and national cyclocross events and are very excited to teach and share their experiences
about this European tradition.
ACTIVITIES: By joining the Speedway Wheelmen, you
have the opportunity to participate in:
For Everyone*: "The range of skill levels is fun.
Even though some of the most talented riders in the area are
on our team, it is also one of the best entry-level teams
for folks new to the sport. It's a really great place to learn
Regular Meetings*: "Between
the listserve email, quarterly meetings and the team website, I always know
what is going on, and can plan my riding accordingly."
Camaraderie*: "Its great
to have friends to encourage you and to work out with, instead
of doing it all by yourself. Fitness*: Cycling is a lifetime
sport. It isn't
abusive or pounding, like other sports, and I can do it with
my friends and family."
Self Esteem*: "It helps
your body to be active. There is an emotional benefit. It
can be very uplifting to look back on your life and see what
you have accomplished."
* Quotes from members
DEVELOPMENT: Although most of the Speedway Wheelmen
work full-time, their part-time job is to stay competitive.
Most members of the team train seriously all year around. Our
certified coaches and regularly scheduled training events assist
our members in meeting their fitness and racing goals. Members
actively participate in various cross-training activities during
the off-season and winter months. Our members include state
champions in cross country skiing, and speedskating on both
ice and in-line skates.
PROMOTION: The Speedway Wheelmen promotes Road, Cyclocross, and Track(Velodrome) events.
Opportunities exist for both riders and non-riders. Besides
the events mentioned above, the Wheelmen have also volunteered
at the National, World, Pan-American, and Olympic levels. The
club has several Certified Cycling Coaches, as well as Certified
Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, and supporters, we can continue
to promote quality events like those mentioned above.
How can you participate? If you are an aspiring racer living
in central Indiana, and have an interest in joining the thrill
of our organization, we'd be delighted to talk with you.