Tour inspires local time trial riders
FRISCO – If Tyler Hamilton can race through the French Alps with a fractured collarbone, local cyclists in Thursday’s time trial figured they could manage to sprint five and a half miles.
Although unexpected headwinds posed an obstacle in the Great Adventure Sports Time Trial No. 5 from Frisco to Copper Mountain on the bike path, most cyclists shaved seconds off their times from race No. 3, July 12, along the same route.
Steve Prokopiw and Karin Carestia once again succeeded in landing the fastest times on the course. Prokopiw shaved 18 seconds off his time from trial No. 3 to win in 15 minutes, 41.35 seconds, and Carestia took off almost 17 seconds with her time of 18:02.29 to win for the women.
“I think it’s just more riding and getting in better shape as the summer goes on,” she said. “Since (time trial No. 3), we did the race up Vail Pass, the Triple Bypass and the mountain bike races. There was a headwind when you got to the top and hit the flat part. But I think we all think about the Tour riders and imagine what they go through. Today I felt like, “oh, I don’t really want to go race.’ But we watched a little bit (of the Tour) as we were warming up at home, and you see what they go through every day for 21 days, and you know they must not feel like going out and racing, but they still do it. It’s very inspiring.”
Prokopiw said he also thought of the Tour riders during his time trial, particularly Hamilton, whom Prokopiw believes would win the Tour if not for his injury.
Matt Powers, who took about 20 seconds off his previous time to finish second behind Prokopiw in 16:04.71, said his racing improves every time he sizes himself up against the field.
“It’s totally personal to see where you stand,” he said. “You may ride all the time but never really know where you stack up.”
Some riders do the time trials purely to get out on their bikes.
Leif Borgeson was the only racer to compete on a mountain bike, a fixed-gear mountain bike no less, on which he also raced in the Firecracker 50 on July 4. He finished Thursday’s time trial in 20:06.09.
“The wind was tough,” he said. “It was behind you to start with which was really good to power up those little hills, but on that last stretch that was pretty flat, the wind blasted you there, and it was like riding up another hill. But, it’s all about riding your bike.”
Jason Marks finished third overall in 16:06.58, while Helen Cospolich (19:38.70) took second overall for women.
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