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  • Marian University Cycling Team

    by Senator Joe Donnelly

    Posted on 2013-12-19

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    DONNELLY. Mr. President, today, I wish to applaud the Marian University Knights on earning USA Cycling's No. 1 collegiate cycling team ranking for the 2012-2013 season, as well as winning the USA Cycling Collegiate Division I Track, Cyclo-cross, BMX, and road national championships during the 2012-2013 season.

    Marian University established its cycling program in 1992. The program is committed to competing at the highest level and developing strong character in each team member through academic and athletic excellence. Since the inception of its competitive cycling program, the Marian University Knights have won 23 national championship titles in road, cyclo-cross, BMX, and track cycling.

    Head coach Dean Peterson and his staff work tirelessly to promote the university's goals by bringing team-focused concepts to a sport that traditionally emphasizes the individual. The ``Knights on Bikes'' team includes both male and female student-athletes who travel together as a team during each season and to every national championship. In addition, Marian University has an indoor cycling center where even the coldest Midwest winter cannot prevent them from regularly training together.

    The Marian University cycling team works to give back to the local and national cycling community as well as the Indianapolis area. Student-cyclists are required to contribute 10 hours each semester to community service. They work with the community in a variety of ways, including hosting informal riding clinics, cycling for charity, and participating in campus volunteer opportunities.

    Congratulations to head coach Dean Peterson, assistant coach Nate Keck, athletic director Steve Downing, and all the student-cyclists on winning the USA Cycling Collegiate Division I road, track, and cyclo- cross national championships in 2012, and winning the road, track and cyclo-cross national championships again and for the first time the BMX national championship in 2013. In addition, congratulations to University president Daniel J. Elsener, executive vice president and provost Thomas J. Enneking, the Marian University student body, alumni, and friends. On behalf of the citizens of Indiana, I congratulate the Marian University Knights on the triumph of their competitive cycling program, and I wish them continued success in the future. ____________________

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