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TANDEM 2018 WINNERS
1st Place: Alpha Chi Omega & Theta Chi
2nd Place: Sigma Chi & Alpha Sigma Alpha
3rd Place: RHA
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History of the Tandem Race and Spring Week
Spring Week Began in 1970 as part of Indiana State University’s official Centennial Celebration. The major highlight of Spring Week is the Tandem Race– thought to be the only co-ed Tandem Bicycle Race in the nation. Today, Spring Week is the largest all-campus activity in the spring. The activities include community service, educational, recreational, entertainment, and competitive involvement for students and organizations.
Tandem teams are composed of campus organizations- providing 10 male and female riders, plus two alternates. Organizations enter individually and are paired by drawings.
The 1970 tandem race featured 25 laps on a course through Fairbanks Park on the bank of the Wabash River. Included in the event were competitive games, special entertainment, and a carnival presented by campus organizations.
In 1971, the race took place at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds on the Action Track, a half-mile oval dirt track. It consisted of a 50 mile, 100- lap test of endurance and speed. Activities included midget-races, skydiving, arts and crafts, entertainment, and full-fledged carnival with rides.
The race returned to Fairbanks Park in 1972, then moved to campus in 1973. The race was held in the city streets, which surrounded Sycamore Tower Complex (4th, 5th, Chestnut, and Mulberry Streets). The name “Tandemonia” was coined to replace “Spring Week”.
The race moves again in 1974 to Marks Field and consisted of 100 laps or 25 miles on a quarter mile track. Seventeen teams competed in the race. Corners were close, but no wrecks were caused by the track itself.
The 1976 Tandemonia Committee decided to begin the process of “changing over” from Schwinn bikes to newer, lightweight bikes.
Tandemonia 1991 included a Tandem kick-off that replaced the Donaghy Day activities and Tandem Games. Tandemfest, a lip-sync contest was held in Tilson Music Hall, Yell-Like-Hell, the Baseball Rally, and the actual race continued in their traditional pattern.
Due to resurfacing Mark’s Field for major track events, the race was moved to the Driver’s Education Center at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds in 1993. Nineteen races were held on Mark’s Field.
The 25th Anniversary was held in 1995 with “Tandemonia” changing back to “Spring Week” and activities more like the original event, including a campus carnival.
The 1996 Spring Week Committee emphasized involving more individuals, as well as residence hall students, by providing a roller blade contest and having pairing decorate windows in Residence Halls rather than in sorority suites.
The race continued at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds through April of 1999. Seven races were held at the Driver’s Education facility. In February of 2000 Tandem practice was moved to the new track at the Recreation East Facility located on 9th and Spruce Streets on the ISU campus. Nine teams competed on April 15, 2000 for a place in the history books as the first race on the new track!
The Michael Simmons Activity Center was added to the Recreation East complex in 2005. This building has added a new dimension to the practices and race by providing officials a central place to score the race and fans to have bleachers for better viewing of the competition.
In 2012, the race was shortened to a 50 lap event with all teams using a standardized tandem bike provided by the Office of Recreational Sports.
Tandem Hot Wheels
1974 Suzanne Henderson (Blumberg Hall) & Steve Graham (Lambda Chi Alpha) 34.013
1975 Denise Boyce (Zeta Tau Alpha) & Nelson Kinnet (Phi Delta Theta) 33.360
1976 Cathy Griffith (Delta Delta Delta) & Steve Mills (Phi Delta Theta) 34.702
1977 Sherry Wamsley (Chi Omega) & Ken Cofield (Sigma Phi Epsilon) 36.560
1978 Mim Ziemba (Hines Hall) & Tony Dickens (Lambda Chi Alpha) 33.072
1979 Tammy Richards (Lincoln Quad) & Dan Cable (Lincoln Quad) 35.961
1980 Robin Gordon (Pickerl Hall) & Bill Philips (Jones Hall) 32.543
1981 Joanne Brell (Mills Hall) & Mike Murphy (Pi Kappa Alpha) 34.570
1982 Patty Wells (Burford hall) & Mike Murphy (Pi Kappa Alpha) 33.560
1983 Tina Kaperak (Chi Omega) & Rob Slavens (Pi Kappa Alpha) 35.007
1984 Lori Berner (Alpha Phi) & Chris McCartney (Sigma Phi Epsilon) 33.555
1985 Sara Atha (Alpha Chi Omega) & Eric Huber (Phi Delta Theta) 35.188
1986 Lisa Smith (Zeta Tau Alpha) & Tim Walter (Pi Kappa Alpha) 33.544
1987 Lauri Cane (Alpha Phi) & Darin Marhanka (Lambda Chi Alpha) 33.082
1988 Chris Conrad (Alpha Omicron Pi) & Joe Duffy (Alpha Tau Omega) 31.547*
1989 Cheryl Oberholtzer (Alpha Phi) & Todd Dixon (Phi Gamma Delta) 33.043
1990 Sheri Gaines (Sigma Kappa) & Todd Morgan (Pi Kappa Alpha) 34:869
1991 Amy Wittch (Blumberg Hall) & Todd Bixler (Alpha Tau Omega) 31:743
1992 Shela Smith (Alpha Phi) & Todd Bixler (Alpha Tau Omega) 33:764
1993 Shela Smith (Alpha Phi) & Tim Luker (Pi Kappa Alpha) 28:896
1994 Julie Fernandez (Zeta Tau Alpha) & Jason Streeval (Alpha Tau Omega) 28:155**
1665 Kelly Hardin (Delta Gamma) & Scott Moore (Pi Kappa Psi) 29:484
1996 Chrissy Tharp (Alpha Phi) & Dustin Bradley (Pi Kappa Alpha) 29:870
1997 Kelly Coddington (Alpha Sigma Alpha) & Rick Walker (Sigma Phi Epsilon) 28:301
1998 Amy Gosoe (Alpha Sigma Alpha) & Adam Storer (FIJI) 29:696
1999 Ashley Roth (Alpha Chi Omega) & Adam Storer (FIJI) 29:760
2000 Kamille Wise (Alpha Chi Omega) & Adam Storer (FIJI) 42:168
2001 Kari Fribley (Alpha Phi) & Michael Butler (Kappa Alpha Order) 42:032
2002 Mindy Peters (Chi Omega) & Andrew Rose (Sigma Phi Epsilon) 39:989***
2003 Megan Wize (Alpha Omicron Pi) & Michael Strobel (Alpha Tau Omega) 40:696
2004 Carol Baker (Delta Gamma) & Steve Penwright (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) 41.505
2005 Lindsey Martin (Sigma Kappa) & Aaron Crawn (FIJI) 40.581
2006 Amanda Sunbury (Delta Gamma) & Aaron Crawn (FIJI) 43.391
2007 Brooke Lock & Nick Wilson (Sycamore Cycling Club) 41.056
2008 Katie Gravelle (Zeta Tau Alpha) & Jordan Jones (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) 44.535
2011 Demi Stahl (Alpha Sigma Alpha) & Matt Zinaman (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) 42.009
2012 Makenzie Mitchell (Sigma Kappa and James Gardner (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) 43.486
2013 Allison Vaeth (Alpha Chi Omega) and Jared Royer (Pi Kappa Phi) 44.88
2014 Allison Vaeth (Alpha Chi Omega) and James Gardner (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) 42.694
2016 (Sigma Kappa) and (Sigma Phi Epsilon) 42.288
2017 Sigs & Scraps 43.114
* Track Record at Marks Field (1974-1992)
** Track Record at Drivers Ed Track (1993-1999)
*** Track Record at Rec East (2000-Present)
# Track Record Using Standardized Tandem Bikes (2012-Present)
1970 Delta Gamma, Phi Delta Theta No Qualifications Held
1971 Alpha Sigma Alpha, Mills Hall No Qualifications Held
1972 Chi Omega, Phi Delta Theta No Qualifications Held
1973 Alpha Omicron Pi, Phi Delta Theta 11:06.80
1974 Blumberg Hall, Lambda Chi Alpha 3:59.615
1975 Zeta Tau Alpha, Phi Delta Theta 3:54.300
1976 Delta Delta Delta, Phi Delta Theta 3:50.370
1977 Blumberg Hall, Phi Delta Theta 3:18.170
1978 Hines Hall, Lambda Chi Alpha 3:10.200
1979 Chi Omega, Sigma Alpha Epsilon 3:12.877
1980 Lincoln Quad 3:13.214
1981 Alpha Phi, Theta Chi 3:11.200
1982 Lincoln Quad 3:08.190
1983 Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha 3:09.390
1984 Alpha Sigma Alpha, Chi Omega, Alpha Tau Omega 3:08.645
1985 Alpha Chi Omega, Phi Delta Theta 3:15.457
1986 Zeta Tau Alpha, Cromwell Hall, Pi Kappa Alpha 3:09.390
1987 Delta Gamma, Alpha Tau Omega 3:00.332
1988 Alpha Omicron Pi, Rhoads/Mills Halls, Alpha Tau Omega 2:59.153
1989 Alpha Phi, Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Gamma Delta 3:03.447
1990 Sigma Kappa, Rhoads/Mills Hall, Pi Kappa Alpha 3:09.075
1991 Blumberg Hall, Alpha Tau Omega 3:00.615
1992 Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Tau Omega 3:06.820
1993 Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Sigma Phi 2:46.788
1994 Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Alpha Order 2:44.179
1995 Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Sigma Phi, Sigma Chi, SGA 2:43.488
1996 Alpha Phi, Pi Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha
Order, Hines Hall 2:49.110
1997 Delta Gamma, Pi Kappa Alpha 2:49.184
1998 Alpha Omicron Pi, Pi Kappa Alpha 2:51.037
1999 Rough Riders 2:49.994
2000 Sigma Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon 3:54.151
2001 Alpha Omicron Pi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Nu 3:56.729
2002 Chi Omega, Theta Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon 3:59.880
2003 Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Tau Omega 3:59.254
2004 Alpha Omicron Pi, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Gamma Delta 3:49.908
2005 Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Tau Omega 3:59.254
2006 Delta Gamma, Phi Gamma Delta 4:02.383
2007 Sycamore Cycling Club 3:55.872
2008 Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Tau Omega 4:06.305
2009 Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Tau Omega
2010 Delta Gamma, Alpha Tau Omega
2011 Sigma Kappa, Alpha Tau Omega 3:54.738
2012 Sigma Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon 4:05:931
2013 Pi Kappa Alpha, Alpha Sigma Alpha 4:08.63
2014 Chi Omega, Phi Kappa Psi, Kappa Alpha Order 4:17.043
2016 Sigma Kappa, Sigma Phi Epsilon 4:06.573
Past Tandem Race Winners
1970 Delta Gamma, Phi Delta Theta
1971 Zeta Tau Alpha, Phi Delta Theta
1972 Blumberg Hall, Sigma Phi Epsilon
1973 Alpha Omicron Pi, Phi Delta Theta
1974 Blumberg Hall, Lambda Chi Alpha
1975 Delta Delta Delta, Sigma Pi
1976 Delta Delta Delta, Phi Delta Theta
1977 Chi Omega, Sigma Phi Epsilon
1978 Burford Hall, Sigma Alpha Epsilon
1979 Alpha Chi Omega, Sigma Phi Epsilon
1980 Gamma Phi Beta, Sigma Phi Epsilon
1981 Alpha Phi, Theta Chi
1982 Lincoln Quad
1983 Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha
1984 Blumberg Hall, Pickerl Hall, Lambda Chi Alpha
1985 Alpha Chi Omega, Phi Delta Theta
1986 Alpha Chi Omega, Phi Delta Theta
1987 Delta Gamma, Alpha Tau Omega
1988 Alpha Omicron Pi, Mills Hall, Alpha Tau Omega, Rhoads Hall
1989 Pickerl Hall, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Lambda Phi
1990 Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Tau Omega, Burford, Erickson
1991 Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Gamma Delta, Blumberg
1992 Alpha Phi, Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Gamma Delta
1993 Zeta Tau Alpha, Delta Sigma Phi, Sigma Chi
1994 Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Alpha Order
1995 Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Sigma Phi, Sigma Chi, SGA
1996 Alpha Phi, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Lambda Phi
1997 Delta Gamma, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Lambda Phi
1998 Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Sigma Phi
1999 Alpha Chi Omega, Phi Gamma Delta, Kappa Alpha, Phi Kappa Psi
2000 Sigma Kappa, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon
2001 Alpha Sigma Alpha, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Psi
2002 Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Sigma Phi, Alpha Tau Omega
2003 Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Tau Omega
2004 Alpha Omicron Pi, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Gamma Delta
2005 Sigma Kappa, Phi Gamma Delta
2006 Delta Gamma, Phi Gamma Delta
2007 Sycamore Cycling Club
2008 Alpha Sigma Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha
2009 Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Tau Omega
2010 Delta Gamma and Alpha Tau Omega
2011 Alpha Sigma Alpha and Sigma Alpha Epsilon
2012 Residence Hall Association
2013 Air Force (ROTC)
2014 Alpha Chi Omega and Sigma Alpha Epsilon
2016 Sigma Kappa, Sigma Phi Epsilon
2017 Sigs & Scraps
*Revised 03/12/18 - KM
A bit of history about the Trike Derby
The Sycamore Tricycle Derby and the Making of a Homecoming Tradition
By Cinda May, historian
On October 11, 1963, at 3:15 p.m. the students, faculty, and staff of Indiana State College witnessed an event destined to become one of the university’s most enduring traditions—The Sycamore Tricycle Derby. “The spectator interest in the Derby was very high,” reported the Indiana Statesman. “[People] were lined up four and five deep all around the track, hanging out of classroom windows, and standing on top of buildings so that they could get a good view of the race.” Johnny Shipman, U.S. Auto Club and assistant starter at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, dropped the green flag, first for the women’s powder puff division and later for the men’s race, a position he holds still to this day. Students representing Reeve and Parsons Halls and all of the sororities and fraternities pedaled children’s tricycles furiously for ten laps around a portion of the Old Quad. The winners of the first race were Reeve Hall for the women and Parson Hall for the men. The race was run on the sidewalk around the main Quad for four years using children’s tricycles. Teams consisted of both men’s and women’s organizations, derived from sororities, fraternities, and residence hall students. During the four years on the small tricycles, students began to take the race seriously. They sought a more competitive challenge and wanted a faster-paced race. Although no one knew it at the time, the “Trike Race” would become an integral part of Indiana State University’s homecoming tradition.
The contest altered in form as it moved from the Old Quad (1963-1966) to Marks Field (1967-1978, 1980-1991) to the ISU Driver’s Education Course at the Vigo County Fairgrounds (1992-1999) to Recreation East on the Indiana State University campus (2000-present). Terre Haute South High School furnished a home for the race in 1979. With each change of track, the race committee adapted the rules. The first fundamental alteration occurred when the students’ competitive spirit outgrew the Old Quad and the children’s velocipede. The desire for victory clamored for a more robust tricycle.
From 1967 through 1971, the race consisted of forty full laps for men and twenty half laps for women with the pits located at the front and the back of the track. The large number of participants required dividing the races into heats with the top finishing teams contending in the final feature events. Each team consisted of four riders. An ice cream social capped the occasion.
The Sycamore Tricycle Derby continued at Marks Field from 1972 to 1976 as forty full laps for the men and twenty full laps for the women. The teams consisted of six riders with one alternate. The woman and man with the fastest qualifying lap received the honorific of “Hot Wheels” for the first time in 1973. The race committee extended the women’s race to twenty-four full laps in 1977. The Sycamore Tricycle Derby returned to Marks Field in 1980 and the committee lengthened the women’s race to twenty-five full laps. In 2003, the women’s race was extended to 30 laps and the men’s extended to 42 laps.
In 2004 the Trike Committee in collaboration with Indiana State University’s Facilities Management Staff painted permanent pit and racing lines on the track at Recreation East.
The Michael Simmons Student Activities Center stands in testament to the endurance of a homecoming tradition. Dedicated on October 21, 2005, the building contains the Susan Bareford Memorial Classroom, storage for the trikes, restrooms, bleachers for onlookers, and a covered observation deck.
The impact of the Sycamore Tricycle Derby on its proponents is indelible. Riders across the decades speak passionately of the experience. Dedication, hard work, persistence, courage, cooperation, camaraderie, bonds that last a lifetime, all describe the meaning of trike to its participants
From its “kick-in-the-butt” origins in 1963 to its sophisticated organization in the twenty-first century, the Sycamore Tricycle Derby endures as a homecoming tradition at Indiana State University.
Questions? Contact Chelsea.Dolly@indstate.edu at 812-237-8974.
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