Gypsum rider takes time trial No. 2 |

Gypsum rider takes time trial No. 2

FRISCO – There were a lot of rocket cyclists racing in the sun Thursday evening for the second Great Adventure Sports time trial on the Dillon Dam Road, but Gypsum resident Steve Prokopiw showed up and beat the best of them by almost a minute.

At 14 minutes, 4.69 seconds, Prokopiw, who is a national and world champion track cyclist, had by far the fastest time in the 6.8-mile, out-and-back course.

Prokopiw also blew away the field last year at the two Dam Road time trials he attended. But despite beating fellow pros Evan Wasserman of Red Rocks Velo (14:55.21) and Great Adventure-Breckenridge Brewery rider Marc Taylor (15:01.93) Thursday as if it were no object, he conceded that the course is not easy, and there’s a lot of strategy involved.

“It’s harder than it looks,” he said. “This course, it’s fast, but when you go across the dam, it seems like both ways there’s a head wind. It’s all cross wind actually. In a lot of other courses, it’s a direct head wind and a direct tail wind. This one’s just plain hard the whole way. The trick is not to blow in the last mile. When I was coming back, I must have picked off eight people in the last mile, because they were all blown.”

Prokopiw, who rides for the up-and-coming Summit County Cycling Club, surely had picked off about half the field before he got to that point, because he simply has pacing down to a science. While many cyclists’ lungs and legs were spent and flapping in the breeze by mile 3 or so, Prokopiw’s natural heart monitor was steadily managing his jet pack.

“It’s tricky,” he said. “On these smaller courses, people think they can go all-out the whole way. But, there still needs to be pacing. You really have to save something for the last mile and a half or so. People go out too hard. It’s all about learning your own body.”

Cycling bodies will face a new challenge in time trial No. 3 June 12, when the course takes racers six miles uphill from Frisco to Copper Mountain on the bike path.

In other results Thursday, Valdoro Mountain Lodge team rider Amy Jamison, with a time of 16:39.52, was the fasted woman to finish. Leah Reeve was second fastest in 16:54.79, and Backcountry Brewery rider Karin Carestia rounded off the podium in 17:03.87.

Bruce Dickinson was the fastest man in the 50-plus age class in 16:22.40, and Maureen Hyland (19:31.27) was the only 50-plus woman. Taylor Shelden won the junior men 13-18 class in 15:56.09 and Ivan Rocha won the 12-and-under class in 19:20.11. Julie Oberriter (24:34.38) was the only 12-and-under female, and her older sister, Marie (21:46.33), the only 13-18 female.

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