Last updated: April 30. 2014 2:00PM - 1625 Views
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It’s going to be a big weekend for Lindsey Wilson College riders David Novak and Luke Lukas.

The pair will be competing in the CapTech USA Cycling Road Nationals in Richmond, Va.

Earlier this year, Lindsey Wilson Coach Andrew Parson told me that Novak, a 20-year-old from Tunkhannock, has the talent to win any race he enters at nationals.

Parson was also impressed with the work Lukas, a 19-year-old from Courtdale, has done since he arrived on campus last fall.

Both have been in fine form heading into this weekend’s big races.

Novak finished second in a road race just last weekend at Purdue University. Lukas finished 28th in the same race.

Nationals begin on Friday with the team and individual time trials. On Saturday, the criteriums will be held, followed by the road race Sunday.

Riding for a cause

In case you missed it in today’s paper, a local pizza king is about to set out on epic bike ride.

Staff writer Jon O’Connell reports that Seth Gollhardt, who owns Domino’s Pizza shops throughout Luzerne and Lackawanna County, plans to ride across the United States to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Gollhardt will leave from Wildwood, New Jersey, and ride to Seaside Oregon, hoping to raise $100,000 for the hospital.

But Gollhardt isn’t a ultra-marathon cyclist such as our good friend Paul Zbiek.

(Zbiek is the …. um, dedicated cyclist who routinely puts 150-mile training rides.)

Gollhardt plans on knocking off about 50 miles a day, completing his trip in about four months.

“I’m not trying to do it super-fast. I have a lot of people to visit and a lot of fundraisers along the way,” Gollhardt told O’Connell. “It’s more resolve than it is great physical ability.”

Sounds like a good time for a good cause.

For more about Gollhardt’s quest or to find out how you can donate, check out Jon’s story.

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