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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.

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“I think that’s what all the people are excited about because our typical events are not on closed roads, so there’s always some traffic or obstacles that you always have to pay attention to,” Manfred said. “Whereas we will have a brand new road with no cracks, no potholes, no roadkill, no traffic of course. The pavement is obviously pretty new and it’ll be fast.

“I have a number of teammates and friends who do these races and they’re all very excited about doing it.”

The event is open to anyone interested, local or from outside the area, whether they’ve ever participated in a Break Away event or not and whether they expect to post a fast time or not.

“Our biggest thing is we don’t want people to be intimidated by it,” Manfred said. “We’re all friendly and helpful. If they want to give a short race a try, this would be an opportunity.”

The Break Away club hopes for a bigger turnout than usual. The time trial features several divisions, and also a total prize fund of $1,000 will be divided among the top five men and top five women.

“With our local time trials, we typically get anywhere from 20-40 on a given Sunday per month,” Manfred said. “I think the promoter is hoping for somewhere between 100 and 150. Unfortunately there’s some competing races around the state that may draw some of the racers away from Kokomo.

“I’d be happy I think with 100.”

Online registration has already closed but people can still register on race day. For more information on the event, visit www.midwesttimetrial.com, or call Manfred at 765-860-6989.

“Most people I’ve talked to are pretty excited about it because, again, it’s a rare opportunity to race on such an open course with no traffic and nothing else to worry about except going fast,” Manfred said.

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