Second time trial yields new winners
FRISCO – Renee McKeirnan’s biggest rival was lined up right behind her, and she new it. To win her second straight Dillon Dam Road Time Trial race Wednesday, the Breckenridge rider would have to hold off fellow Breckenridge rider Leah Reeve.
Reeve, decked out in a high-tech roadie helmet and a time trial specific bicycle, wasn’t at the series’ first race three weeks ago. But her experience as a road and time trial racer overrode her inexperience on the Dam Road, and she overtook McKeirnan in the final mile of the six-mile course to win.
“I just passed whoever I could, but I wanted to catch her too,” said Reeve, who is used to racing against Category 1 and 2 riders as a developmental team member for Intermountain Cycling. “A win just feels really good because it doesn’t happen that often.”
McKeirnan would have had a hard time holding off Reeve even on her best day. But she didn’t feel as fast as she did three weeks ago when she came out on top.
“I just tried to do everything I did last week,” McKeirnan said, “but I don’t think I had a good race.
“I knew (Reeve) was my big competition; I knew there was a chance she could beat me. And she not only beat me, she crushed me. She had a great race.”
Mark Thompson was trying to defend his men’s win from three weeks ago and also trying to break the 12-minute mark. He had the fastest time last week at 12 minutes, 31 seconds.
“There was a lot stiffer wind today,” he said. “My legs didn’t feel quite as fresh. I think I’m still suffering from the Firecracker 50 (on July 4).”
Times were not available Wednesday, but it was announced that Gypsum’s Steve Prokopiw dethroned Thompson.
Still, like most of the returning riders, Thompson raced a smarter race the second time around.
“I learned I could ride a little more intensely than I do in a normal time trial,” Thompson said. “It’s a shorter course. I could push the pace a little.”
The race attracted about 20 more riders than the first edition did three weeks ago. Most riders were out for the second time and seemed more aware of the traffic and their fellow riders. Organizer, Maverick Sports, added a public address system to make the start smoother and had the soundtrack to the movie Groove (oons, oons, oons, oons) setting the mood in the background.
Results should be available on-line today at http://www.mavsports.com.
Jason Starr can be reached at (970) 668-3998 Ext. 231 or at email@example.com.
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