Cyclists enjoy track racing experience on velodrome in S.C.
Liberty University cycling Head Coach Timo Budarz competed alongside three members of his team at Friday night's endurance omnium and Saturday's time trial and sprint races on the Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill, S.C.
On the same velodrome where he had won the 35-44 master's division at the 2017 USA Cycling National Championships, Budarz showed recent graduate Gunnar Ingram and graduate students Bethany Matsick and Freddie Shashaty what track cycling is all about. He finished runner-up in his three races and gave his cyclists coaching tips in their own events, with Matsick finishing first among women and defeating several men in Friday's endurance omnium.
Graduate Bethany Matsick finished first among women in Friday night's endurance omnium.
"Gunnar and Bethany both did well," said Budarz, who placed second in the Pro Category 1/2 endurance omnium, sprint series, and 1-kilometer time trial. "Gunnar finished fifth in the (Pro 1/2) endurance omnium and sixth in the sprints and Bethany was in the mix all night even though she didn't get any points (in the men's events). Freddie, who is a roadie, competed in his first 1-kilometer (track) time trial, which is known to be the most painful event in cycling."
With only a five-minute warmup, Budarz raced in his first 1K time trial on the track in several years for the benefit of Ingram and Matsick, who cheered him on to the finish line in the four-lap event.
"That's what I call love," he said. "There's no way to produce more (lactic acid) in a human body."
Ingram, who became a U.S. Army intelligence officer at Liberty's Army ROTC commissioning ceremony on Friday, May 14, has used cycling to prepare him for his transition to a full-time military career as he will leave for Colorado on Thursday.