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July 11, 2013

Bicycle club to hold time trials on new bypass

Break Away collaborated with INDOT to make event a reality.

The Kokomo Break Away Bicycle Club will get a sneak peek at the new U.S. 31 bypass on Sunday.

The club worked with a race promoter and the Indiana Department of Transportation to pull off a unique event this weekend. The club’s monthly time trial will be held on the pristine pavement of the new, and so far unused, bypass.

“We just thought it would be a neat idea if we could make it happen — likely it would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Break Away race director Francis Manfred said.

He and Markus Naegeli did the club’s heavy lifting, working with Ohio race promoter Roger Bowersock and getting approval from INDOT.

“We had thought about the idea of trying to do a time trial on the bypass before it opened, so we were kind of loosely working on that possibility and then we were approached by [Bowersock],” Manfred said. “That got us really excited because he brings over a professional starting ramp and chip timing, a lot of door prizes, cash payouts. It’s going to be a much bigger event than we normally put on.”

The time trial is at 9 a.m. Sunday with registration at 7:30. The cost is $25. Racers will congregate at the Kokomo Howard County Public Library’s South Branch, 1755 E. Center Rd., where they can park and will have access to the facility before or after heading out to the bypass approximately a mile away.

The time trial itself will be a 12-mile circuit, with racers going six miles up then six miles back to the original starting point. Cyclists will be sent out at 30-second intervals with no drafting allowed.

The clean, open road of the U.S. 31 bypass is the special attraction for this edition of the monthly club event.

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