Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Concordia participated in its first-ever collegiate level race, with Marc finishing a strong fourth in an excellent field. The race was a criterium held on a cold morning at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. This photo shows a few of the riders lined up at the start, with Marc in the green and gold CSL kit surrounded by racers from Univ. of Missouri, Univ. of Michigan, Ohio State, and Univ. of Illinois.
Marc had strong fan support, with his wife, two other couples (and one two year old) and even the guy from a local bike shop who custom-built Marc's bike frame. It was a cold morning, the racers stuck together as they warmed up for a couple of laps. Then a Mizzou guy took off, got caught, and another Mizzou guy went. This break stuck, and he built up a lead of about a minute. But then a Saint Louis University and a Purdue guy bridged up, with Marc leading the pack behind. Then Marc convinced a Univ. of Wisconsin racer to work with him. They left the pack and started working up to the front. Eventually Marc dropped the other guy, and made the bridge to the front three. By now there were only three laps to go. The four worked together and built up a two minute lead over the rest of the pack.
This photo above with Marc in the lead is from the second-last lap. All the work Marc put in didn't leave him much for the finish, but he just missed third by a wheel. After the race the four top finishers shared excited conversation about the race, and Marc received several compliments from other racers for his efforts.
We're hoping to get a larger team out for a race at Purdue in April. Stay tuned!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
The fourth Tour de Sem of Concordia Seminary will be held on Saturday, May 3. Last year over 25 students, faculty, spouses, and friends participated in the Tour de Sem, including President Dale Meyer and Dr. Bob Weise.
Tour de Sem is a 90 mile ride down to the original site of Concordia Seminary at Altenburg, MO. After loading up the bikes on campus, participants drive to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbia, IL, for devotions and the start. The first 40 miles goes through the Mississippi River flats on the Illinois side, just below massive limestone bluffs. At Modoc, the ride crosses the river by ferry, the roll through historic St. Genevieve. The next 10 miles bring some rollers, then more flats until about mile 70, when a tough climb takes cyclists out of the valley. Riders fight hills for last 20 miles, finally passing through Frohna just before reaching the still-standing log cabin seminary.
The ride is followed by a meal in Altenburg, along with tours of the church, the old seminary, and the new Lutheran Heritage museum. Our friends in Altenburg give us a warm welcome. It is a tough ride, but the training rides get us all into shape and give us a chance to meet new people – you can find a lot to talk about during a six hour ride! Every year several cyclists complete their first long rides on the Tour de Sem. Click here for the registration form and more information.