New competitive outlet for local road bikers
FRISCO – It’s not the Tour de France, but it’s an outlet for road cyclists to test their speed.
Tonight, Maverick Sports and Great Adventure Sports are kicking off Summit County’s first-ever competition in the brand new Road Time Trial Series.
The competition consists of an out-and-back race against the clock on the Dam Road from Frisco to Dillon – just under six miles.
“The real genesis of the idea comes from the fact that there’s nothing up here for road cyclists,” said Jeff Wescott of Maverick Sports. “We wanted to give something to the road cycling community.”
Promoters of the event say the time trial concept is popular because it allows competitors to gauge their own fitness without the elements of team strategy and group competition.
“In road cycling, the individual time trials is known as “the race of truth,’ because it’s just you against the clock,” said Mike McCormack of Maverick Sports. “There’s no drafting, no team strategy; it’s just you and your fitness on the bike. It’s an excellent way to compete against yourself. You can really gauge your fitness and increase your racing savvy by figuring out how to marshall your energy.”
The idea of time trials has taken off in other parts of Colorado but has yet to find its niche in Summit County.
“The whole time-trail thing makes great sense,” said Mark Taylor of Great Adventure Sports. “There’s one in Cherry Creek every summer and it’s so popular that, if you don’t sign up by about February, you’re not in. We’re behind it to expand local interest in cycling. With the time trials, you can go out and judge your speed and your own abilities.”
As most people are aware by the presence of cyclists on Summit County roads and bike paths, the road biking community is substantial. But unlike the mountain biking community, which has had its own race series for 16 years and a slew of other local competition opportunities every season, roadies have historically had to go elsewhere to compete.
“There’s a lot of people in the county who lean way more heavily toward road biking than mountain biking,” Wescott said. “And they don’t really have a competitive venue. We wanted to put a product out there for that group of people who weren’t being served by anything competitive. It’s going to be very grassroots. Everyone seems very excited about it. We have no idea what to expect though. There could be 25 competitors, there could be 125.”
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