Peaks Trail hosts SMC time trial Wednesday
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FRISCO ” With mud-spattered Pro/Elite males arriving in less than 30 minutes to the finish on Miner’s Creek Road bike path, the Summit Mountain Challenge Peaks Trail Time Trial on Wednesday proved it’s actually faster from Breckenridge to Frisco on a bike than in a car during rush hour traffic.
In its first year running from Breck to Frisco (it ran in the opposite direction all previous time trial races), the seven-plus mile course actually took, on average, 15 minutes less to finish than in previous years.
Riders arrived in spurts ” dirty, huffing and often with big smiles at the finish. There were even some spills, broken bikes and general carnage on the trail. But, the overall rider response, despite a rocky, technical downhill terrain, was: “This is so much fun!”
Time trials are great for riders because of the individual starts, race organizer Jeff Westcott said. They don’t know their place in the pack until after it’s over.
Christian Ball, winner in the men’s Pro/Elite category, arrived at the finish in 29:35.4.
“It’s the best race in the series,” Ball said, who powered over the finish line with Kevin Kane, the first two racers to arrive.
“I love (time trials) and I love the Peaks Trail,” Ball said. “It’s my favorite trail and my favorite race course. Jeff does a huge service to us by letting us race on it.”
Kevin Soller, a 20-year-old Breck local who’s on the National Development Team, came in second with a time of 29:38.2.
“I liked that they switched it this year,” Soller, who’s participated in SMC for five years, said. “… I kind of think of myself as a descender, so these courses help me a lot. … Good climbing, like enough to kind of break it up. If you go from Frisco to Breck, it’s pretty much climbing for the first half of the race. You switch this way, it’s kind of rolling. …There’s a lot of good competition.”
Kevin Kane, a local, 17-year-old Pro/Elite racer who placed second in last year’s Peaks Time Trial, finished third with a time
“It was scary,” Kane said of the time trial. “Since I’m first in the overall, I started first. These guys were coming after me. … It’s a tough course.”
All revved up and ready to continue, Pro/Elite rider Tim Faia thought the terrain was a good start to a race but not a full race.
“It’s a proper time trial though,” Faia added. “It’s a good day of training. I prefer to climb. … I like (the other course) better.”
The course started at Peaks Trailhead in Breckenridge. Riders stayed on the Peaks Trail all the way to Frisco and merged onto Miners Creek Road.
They continued on Miners Creek Road, riding downhill and, just before the intersection with the bike path, they made a left-hand turn uphill into a large clearing for the finish.
Other category winners include:
Expert men 19-34 ” Chuck Roth, 32:37.8; Expert men 35-44 ” David Overstreet, 30:07.1; Expert men 45+ ” Larry Johnson 30:28.1; Sport men 19-29 ” Thomas Sawyer 36:14.6; Expert women 19-34 ” Kate Chapman, 36:41.5; Expert women 35+ ” Holly Wade, 38:12.3; and Sport women 19-34 ” Michelle Zimmerman, 40:55.7.
Full scores will be posted Friday.
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