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Last call for Dam trials

Shauna Farnell

FRISCO – There is one last opportunity for road cyclists to get a feel for their speed potential with the fourth Road Time Trial event Wednesday on the Dam Road.

The Great Adventure Sports Time Trial series kicked off for the first time ever in June, and this Wednesday marks the last event of the series, the success of which organizers say has surpassed their greatest expectations.

“As far as serving out what a market was looking for, there was a real need for road events for Summit County’s biking community,” said organizer Mike McCormack of Maverick Sports. “It’s a good product at a fair price, which is what everybody wants. We’ve seen participation increase with every event. It’s been an overwhelming success; it’s far exceeded our expectations.”

The Time Trial consists of an out-and-back ride on the Dam Road from the west gate in Frisco to the east gate in Dillon – just under six miles. Each rider races against the clock, and begins the course individually, in 30-second intervals. Summit County law officials close one lane of the road from about 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for the duration of the event. There are a handful of Front Range and Vail cyclists that have made a point to participate in the Wednesday series and Steve Prokopiw of Gypsum holds the record thus far with his finish time of 11 minutes, 53.93 seconds.

Organizers are hoping to expand the series into six events next summer, and are looking into different venues.

“It all depends on what the county will let us use,” McCormack said. “We’re looking at golf courses, trying to find one with a continuous cart path that would lend itself to a time trial. We’re also thinking of sections of the bike path that would have the least impact on people. Wherever we put it, it impacts transportation. The deputies we’ve worked with (on the Dam Road) have been amazing. There’s police at each end of the course with a squad car. They’ve been a tremendous help.”

The last event of the Dam Road Time Trial series takes place at 6 p.m. near the west gate in Frisco. Racers can register today at Great Adventure Sports in Breckenridge or from 3:30 -5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Team Managers Bike Shop across from the Holiday Inn in Frisco before the race. Registration is $12 for adults and $8 for juniors and includes a drink at the Backcountry Brewery following the race. For more information, visit http://www.mavsports.com.

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at sfarnell@summitdaily.com.


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