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Rain, uphill combine at time trial No. 3

FRISCO – There are bonuses to riding in the rain, such as being motivated to hammer as fast as possible for five miles uphill just to stay warm.

Such was the strategy employed by the 76 cyclists that turned out for the Great Adventure Sports Time Trial Series No. 3 from Frisco to Copper Mountain on the bike path.

Riders ogled the results of Time Trial winner Steve Prokopiw of Summit County Cycling, who again succeeded in levelling the field by finishing the course in less than 16 minutes. The Gypsum resident has won all three time trials this season.



True to the nature of the event, Prokopiw aimed to race himself alone, and he pushed his time to its limit.

“I’m glad I managed to do that,” said Prokopiw of his Thursday finish time of 15 minutes, 59.43 seconds. “In that last time trial, if I would have known my time was 14:04, I would have found a way to take off five seconds to finish under 14.”



Right before the race began, Prokopiw thought he’d be starting in a lucky window of clear weather. Fifteen minutes later, however, he, like most other racers, clicked into his pedals and sprinted off into a full-blown rainstorm.

“By the time I started at 6:20 p.m., it was much colder,” he said. “It’s the luck of the draw almost. I’m glad I still rode fast. It was epic. I like it better than the (Dillon) Dam Road course.”

Karin Carestia of Backcountry Brewery was the fastest woman on course, finishing in 18:18.31. Carestia won the season-opening time trial and was third at the second. She beat Thursday’s second-place finisher, Kelli Anthony of Minturn Speedballers (19:44.39), by almost a minute and a half. Unlike Prokopiw, who is a world champion track cyclist, Carestia only competes locally. She said her strategy is to pretty much go all out from the start.

“The only thing I did on this course was make sure that once I made it over the top part into the flats, I wasn’t completely spent,” she said. “After that, it’s like you know you’re there. There was not really a headwind, so it wasn’t too bad. I really liked the course. It’s great. I like the climb more than the flats. The next one will be incredible.”

Time Trial No. 4 is June 26 and will continue in the uphill vein, taking racers from Copper Mountain to the summit of Vail Pass.

Jason Marks was the second-place finisher in Thursday’s time trial, finishing close to Prokopiw with a time of 16:02.22. Tim Faia rounded out the podium in 16:24.32. Jody Thompson (19:52.91) was the third woman to finish, Mark Cowan (17:01.22) was the fastest 40-49-year-old man and Taylor Shelden (17:09.11) was the top 13-18-year-old boy.


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