The quickest way to reach the Indy Cycloplex staff is via email, or leave a comment here.
For scheduling and business-related questions, operations and marketing/media questions, or for volunteer opportunities, contact Michael Kubancsek or submit the form here.
For programming and track-specific questions, contact Matt Gittings.
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DIRECTIONS TO THE INDY CYCLOPLEX
The Indy Cycloplex, home of the Major Taylor Velodrome, is located approximatley 4 miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis, across the street from the Marian University Eco Lab, and one mile west of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
FROM THE NORTH: Take I-65 southbound to exit 119 and merge onto 38th Street (exit 119). The next traffic light is Cold Spring Road – turn right. At the bottom of the hill, the entrance to the park will be on your left.
FROM THE EAST OR SOUTH: Take I-70 westbound to I-65 North, and take exit 119 for 38th Street. Take the ramp for Kessler Blvd and turn right (south) onto Kessler. Cross over I-65 and then take the ramp for 38th Street Eastbound, as if you were getting back on 65, and stay on 38th Street. The next traffic light is Cold Spring Road – turn right. At the bottom of the hill, the entrance to the park will be on your left.
FROM THE WEST (I-70/ the airport): From I-70 Eastbound, take I-465 north to exit 17 for 38th Street. Turn right (east) on 38th Street, go approximatley four (4) miles and then turn right at the light for Cold Spring Road. At the bottom of the hill, the entrance to the park will be on your left.
NOTE: the Indy Cycloplex is on Eastern Daylight Savings Time (same time as New York, one hour ahead of Chicago).
Interested in supporting the Indy Cycloplex?
Marian University's partnership with the City of Indianapolis to operate the Indy Cycloplex, home of the Major Taylor Velodrome, relies heavily on the support of corporate and individual donors. From sponsorship of the velodrome advertising boards to in-kind donations of labor and materials, numerous opportunities exist to support this effort to revitalize and beautify a community asset.
Those interested in supporting the park should contact us via email. Review these annual reports to see the incredible progress made in the last several years, made possible by generous support from all over the community.
Looking to visit the Indy Cycloplex and need a place to stay? The list of hotels here include many options close to the park. For special events, we will share details for any special deals at local hotels here and on the event page.
Indy Cycloplex Staff
Dean Peterson, Executive Director - dpeterson[at]marian.edu
Coach Dean Peterson has been at the helm of the Marian University Cycling program since 2006, in addition to teaching in the School Of Education. In 2011, he began his work as director at the Indy Cycloplex and leads a small staff and community volunteers dedicated to advancing the mission of cycling in central Indiana through operating the city park known as the Lake Sullivan Sports Complex.
Peterson brings 30 years of bicycle racing experience and 24 years of teaching experience to Marian University and the Indy Cycloplex. He has coached, trained, or raced in Europe, Africa, and Cuba. He is a USA Cycling Level 2 coach and is a USA Cycling Category 1 cyclist.
In his leadership of the Knights cycling team, Peterson has guided the Knights to ten straight USA Cycling Division I collegiate track cycling national championships, six straight collegiate road championships, five straight cyclocross national championships, and three straight BMX national team titles. He is the first Marian University head cycling coach to win national championships in road, cyclocross and BMX competition.
Under his guidance, the 2012-13 season culminated with the Knights winning the program's first-ever USA Cycling Collegiate Team Omnium overall national title, which is awarded to the program that earns the highest finishes in each of the five disciplines throughout the season. The team under Peterson has additional won the omnium title in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons. His strategy of developing riders in each of the disciplines to develop a team that can compete in all of them has paid immediate dividends. Beyond the bike, Peterson leads the program with a school-first philosophy, reminding student-athletes that they are students first and that being a responsible citizen and community member is just as important as being a top-notch cyclist.
He oversaw the development of the Paul J. Norman Cycling Center on Marian’s campus in 2007 and developed the popular indoor training series known as PowerBooster™, which is housed at the cycling center and has since opened an additional location at St. Vincent Sports Performance at Clay Terrace in Carmel. He is known in cycling circles in Indianapolis and has cultivated sponsor relationships that culminated in the development of the center, the team and the Indy Cycloplex.
Peterson earned his bachelor of science degree from Purdue University in 1988 and his master of science degree from Butler University in 1997. He resides in Indianapolis with his wife and their two children.
Deborah Lawrence, Vice President for Administration and General Counsel - dlawrence[at]marian.edu
Deb Lawrence has been a part of the Marian University community since 2002 and has been involved in many aspects of the University’s development. She has a passion for historic preservation and the environment, and has been the lead agent in the restoration of the Allison and Wheeler-Stokely mansions, the Riverdale garden near Allison Mansion and the development of the Marian University Ecolab. In addition to her duties as general counsel, Lawrence manages the Office of the President and the Office of Conferences and Events, and has been deeply involved in many of Marian University's key projects, including the Steffen Music Center, the Nina Mason Pulliam Nature Center, the Indy Cycloplex at Lake Sullivan Sports Complex, and the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Lawrence graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts from DePauw University and received her J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America. Lawrence is an active community volunteer, serving on several boards, including the Indianapolis League of Women Voters and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.
Michael Kubancsek, Director of Operations - mkubancsek[at]marian.edu
After graduating from Marian University in May 2013 with a degree in communications and philosophy, Michael Kubancsek took on the full time role of the Operations and Communications Manager for the Indy Cycloplex and Marian Cycling Team. Now serving as Marian University’s Director of Cycling Operations, he oversees operations for events and programming all cycling disciplines and works in public and community relations to advance the mission of the Cycloplex. In his role with the Team Omnium Champion Cycling Knights, Kubancsek assists Coach Peterson with operations, travel logistics, equipment management, media communications, and sponsorship. As an alumnus, Kubancsek has a special connection to helping the Knights on Bikes succeed on and off the race course. He is a USA Cycling-certified Professional Race Mechanic and earned his Eagle Scout award in 2005.
Matt Gittings, Program Manager - mgittings[at]marian.edu
Marian University alumnus Matt Gittings (2015 – sports performance) joined the staff of the Indy Cycloplex in June 2016 as Program Manager. Gittings works with Executive Director Dean Peterson and Track Coach Nathan Schickel to coordinate and execute velodrome weeknight programming and event days, focusing on rider development, especially through junior programming. Originally from Reading, England, Gittings has 17 years of race experience, including riding or racing on approximately 50 velodromes all over the world. He is a two-time British Elite Derny National Champion (2012, 2014) and earned eight USA Cycling Collegiate National Titles while racing at Marian University. He has raced a number of six-day competitions, including, most recently, the inaugural World Cycling League event in California.
Beyond racing, Gittings is a UCI-certified motorpace driver and brings that experience and knowledge to all motorpacing sessions at Major Taylor Velodrome, as well as use his track cycling knowledge to coach and develop all riders of all levels.
Nathan Schickel, Track Coach: Nathan began his cycling career in 1986, which lead him to race four years in the historic IU Little 500, shortly there after discovering his true passion on the track in 1992, which continues today. He not only carried his racing enthusiasm for track, which earned him a 2000 USAC Nationals podium placing, but also led him to dedicating much of free time to being a track instructor in 2011. Nathan has extensive knowledge of cycling and fitness not only professionally as a product manager with SRAM Corporation, but as a former ACE personal trainer for 3 years as well as a USAC certified coach for 7 years. All of this combined, Nathan find true excitement in teaching and introducing new riders to the wonderful discipline of track racing.
Student Interns: Aubrey Schrader (Marian '15), Beth Engwis (Marian '14), Emily McNulty (Marian '17), Zach Bender T Cunningham, Laurel Rathbun, Emily Neice