Jeffrey Whiteman got his first taste of competitive cycling while on a family vacation in 1985 when he saw the Coors International Bike Classic. After running in high school and college, Whiteman returned to cycling in 2000 and has competed ever since. Whiteman won the Masters Track National Championship in the scratch race in July and led the field for the Ed Rudolph Velodrome Rider of the Year through late August. In August, he took home the state championship in the scratch race, the Roger Delange Trophy Race, at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome and also raced at the USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships. Whiteman hopes to win a national title again next year and compete at the Elite Track National Championships, along with some UCI races. He would also like to win Illinois state titles and Rider of the Year at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in 2016.
Ironman training led to a new passion for Francine Haas. Haas describes her first group ride with a cycling team while training as “the most exhilarating and challenging ride I had ever done,” and, with the encouragement of her then-boyfriend, now-husband, got into racing. Haas had a strong showing at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome this year with a solid lead in the race for the Ed Rudolph Velodrome Rider of the Year title through late August. She primarily focused on track racing in 2015 and competed at the USA Cycling Masters Track Nationals in three events in July, taking fourth in the points race and scratch race and third in the team sprint. Haas will wrap up her season at the Masters Track World Championships in Manchester, England in October before taking some time off for the winter. She aims to compete in Masters Track Nationals again next year.