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Dam Road time trials continue

Shauna Farnell

FRISCO – For cyclists who are on the fence about whether or not to get into racing, organizers of Summit County’s new Road Time Trial Series say, “don’t worry about the guys in the skin suits.”

Representatives from Great Adventure Sports, Maverick Sports and Team Managers weren’t sure what to expect at the first event of the series June 19. So, when 70 riders ranging from the aerodynamically clad pros to beginners who have never competed in a bike race showed up, they realized they were on to something with huge potential.

“There’s really serious people and never-evers,” said Chris Hart of Great Adventure Sports. “It’s a very friendly race. And once Vail, Denver and Boulder find out about this, I think it could get pretty big.”

The second time trial event takes place at 6 p.m. today on the Dam Road, one lane of which will be closed for the race. Each cyclist starts individually at the west gate of the road in Frisco and rides out to the east gate in Dillon and back- about six miles.

“Things went really well last time,” said Mike McCormack of Maverick Sports. “The whole spectrum was represented. There were some guys on full-blown arrow rigs in skin suits and folks that had never raced before. It’s a a quirky little thing to do, but it provides everyone with an outlet to gauge their fitness, and it doesn’t bring some of the bad manners you see in mountain bike races.

“The format is a good one for folks to try because they race by themselves, and there’s plenty of room on the road.”

Mountain bikers have had a local competitive outlet the past 16 years in the Summit Mountain Challenge Race Series, as well as in the new Mountain Sports Outlet Series at Keystone, Montezuma’s Revenge, and a handful of other dirt riding events that land in Summit County every summer. However, there have been few races catering to road bikers, and there’s never been a local series offering the road cycling community a regular competitive outlet. Organizers of the Road Time Trials attest to the growing popularity in road cycling, especially this time of year, when the Tour de France is gaining global flare and when local temperatures are ideal for road rides.

“It’s basically perfect conditions to ride this summer,” Hart said. “It’s been really hot (on the Front Range), but the (cycling) weather up here has been the equivalent of a powder day every day.”

The four events of the Time Trial Series take place on the same course. The top times in the last event came from Frisco’s Mark Thompson, who finished in 12 minutes, 31.93 seconds, and Renee McKeirnan of Breckenridge, who was the first woman to finish in 14:11.28.


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