Graczyk triumphs in Tour de Trash
DILLON – History was made on Sunday at the Summit County Landfill.This year’s The A Racer’s Edge Summit Mountain Challenge began with the Tour de Trash where Tim Graczyk became the first winner of the newly created men’s pro/elite category.The fact that Graczyk’s win came on a single speed made it especially impressive.”I’m faster on it,” Graczyk said. “I’ve ridden geared bikes too and I feel I can get more out of my body on a single speed. … It’s all in the head.”
Graczyk’s headstrong ways got him around the 18-mile course in 1 hour, 21 minutes and 27 seconds – 50 seconds faster than second-place finisher Jacob Youcha. Todd Smith took third with a time of 1:22:31. Smith acknowledged Graczyk’s single speed feat following Sunday’s race.”It’s very impressive,” Smith said. “He gets less speed on the downhills and on the steep uphills he has to work a little harder than the guys with geared bikes. I’m glad he only had one gear – He probably would have beaten us worse if he had more.”Charlie Hayes won the Tour de Trash’s single speed category for the second-consecutive year. According to the Boulder-based pro rider, a single speed bike provides an advantage at times.”It really depends on the course,” Hayes said. “I think it’s pretty even on (the Tour de Trash) course. You can’t peddle the downhills but they’re pretty short.”
At least three of the bikers in Sunday’s men’s field took on an impressive challenge by racing in both the single speed and expert men’s races. Scott Tanner, Mark Thompson and James Phelps undertook a “suffer fest,” as described by race organizer Jeff Westcott.”I would rather have ridden the (single speed) again,” Thompson said. “I haven’t given my geared bike that much love yet. I just pulled it out today, hosed it off and threw it in the truck. … It didn’t run very well.”The bike Thompson’s wife, Jody, was riding appeared to run quite well.
Jody Thompson won the women’s expert 35-and-over category with a time of 1:17: 42. She was followed by Holly Wade in second and Cindy Burkart in third.Jill Walker won the women’s expert 19-34 race with time of 1:12:00, a full four minutes ahead of runner-up Ronie Graczyk. Holly Harvin was third.Walker made a triumphant return to the SMC after competing in just one of its races last season.”Last year I focused on being a triathlete,” Walker said. “I haven’t been in the series since 2002. A big reason I came back is that I really missed the social part of it.”Pro racer Ronie Graczyk, the wife of Sunday’s men’s pro/elite champion, was also something of a comeback story.
“A was in a few races last year then I injured my knee,” Graczyk said. “It was a really tough year mentally and physically, but now I feel 110 percent.”The Tour de Trash’s top expert males were Ryan Huth (19-34) and Thane Wright (35 and over).The SMC continues Wednesday with the Frisco Roundup.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at email@example.com.
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