TERRE HAUTE — Kevin Depasse has competed in 44 cycling races since February and he’ll get the opportunity to finish his season today in his hometown.
The inaugural Terre Haute Criterium begins at 9 a.m. at Fairbanks Park. The course is 6/10th of a mile and includes a total prize purse of $1,500.
Depasse is a former Terre Haute North cross country standout who competed for the Cutters while he was a student at Indiana University. He graduated from IU this year and has traveled the Midwest racing in the highest amateur division cyclists in the region.
“I’m on a Pro Development Cycling team, second year on the team, which is Bissell/ABG/Giant,” Depasse said. “It’s a really cool little development team for Bissell Pro that i’ve had the opportunity to ride for.”
Depasse looks forward to racing some Terre Haute area cyclists in an event he hopes to see grow in the coming years.
“It’s awesome that the cycling community is growing through Jerry Harnack and the rest of the J’s Bike Team,” Depasse said.
“They’ve cultivated a community that’s growing. It’s cool to watch. I got started pretty much when they were starting. When I came home to ride, I could see that group of guys developing.” Depasse was in peak form earlier in the year after helping lead the Cutters to a victory at Little 500. He also won a Pro level criterium in Indianapolis.
“My form from April to June was really good,” Depasse said. “You can’t perform at a high level the entire season, but you can still help your teammates, which is what my role has been the later half of the summer,” Depasse said.
Depasse, along with friend and former classmate at Terre Haute North John Callahan, will be among the racers in the Category 1/2/3/ division that caps off the event. It will be a fast-paced, 60-minute race.