Last Friday, April 15th, Teter Cycling won the 40th annual Little 500 race for the second year in a row with a time of 1:10:43. Teter’s team includes Emma Caughlin Lauren Gowdy Susan Laurie, and none other then South alumni Caitlin Van Kooten.
Training for the Little 500 race involved a great deal of time and effort. To train for the race, Van Kooten and her teammates ride six days a week, averaging 150 to 200 miles in the fall. In the spring, they focus as much of their training as possible on the track. “We do less distance and higher intensity,” Van Kooten said.
Van Kooten rides her bike all year long, but usually takes it easy over the summer. The team begins training as soon as the school year starts and they train throughout the winter. “We have a 20 degree rule, which means as long as the absolute temperature is 20 or above and the roads are clear, we’re outside riding on the road,” Van Kooten said.
Van Kooten decided to race in Little 500 after watching the 2007 race her senior year of high school. She began training with Teter fall of her freshman year. Van Kooten is the only “townie” of her bike team. “Riding the race as a townie isn’t to much different, but the support from people I know in the community is really fantastic,” Van Kooten said. “And because they are in town, my parents get to be my biggest fans at series events and races.”