Konecny brothers win Colorado Junior Cup mountain bike races
DILLON — In a summer season when sports activities have struggled to return to their conventional codecs because of the pandemic, Lasse and Nicholas “Nico” Konecny of Breckenridge have made the many of the races they’ve been capable of enter.
This previous weekend, the Konecny brothers every gained their age division on the first Colorado Junior Cup mountain bike occasion of a three-race collection in Fort Rock.
“It’s been laborious having motivation with out races to sit up for and occasions to carry out at,” Nico stated. “Being again on the bike, there’s wonderful opponents. It’s actually superior and fulfilling. It’s a fantastic surroundings. Everyone seems to be following the principles, carrying masks. Everybody feels protected.”
Lasse, 16, gained the four-lap, 24-mile boy’s skilled race in 1 hour, 42 minutes and 32.8 seconds, greater than two minutes quicker than the opposite 27 cyclists.
Nico, 14, gained a three-lap race on the identical course with a time of 1:23:17.9, greater than 5 minutes quicker than any of the dozen different racers. For the Konecnys, the win adopted up sturdy finishes on the Vail Recreation District’s summer season mountain bike collection. At these races, Nico has gained a sport males, brief course race whereas Lasse has completed in second as soon as and third twice within the professional division.
Each the Vail Recreation collection and the Colorado Junior Cup function conventional races the place cyclists begin on the identical time and race collectively from spots which are unfold out alongside the beginning line. These races have allowed for the Konecny brothers to proceed to race in a conventional format whereas concentrating on subsequent yr because the season they’re increase towards.
“It type of made me really feel like life’s getting again to regular given the circumstances,” Nico stated. “We’ve been working and coaching actually laborious with (coach) Jim Galanes, placing in work for subsequent yr. That’s our long-term objective. … We wish to concentrate on our weaknesses and general construct as athletes to be higher for subsequent yr, in order that if racing continues, we might be the most effective we might be.”
Lasse stated the Colorado Junior Cup race options a number of the prime highschool cyclists within the state. Lasse took the lead over Robbie Day about midway by way of the race earlier than extending his margin on the quick, turny gravel course with punch climbs. Nico rode with a lead pack by way of the primary lap earlier than taking a lead he’d by no means relinquish.
Lasse described the chance to race as a privilege and talked about how he’s upset associates of his, similar to these on Summit Excessive Faculty’s sports activities groups, can’t play in competitors this fall. Waiting for the following few months, he’s hopeful the COVID-19 state of affairs improves and he can journey to Europe, the place he plans to race in an Union Cycliste Internationale occasion within the Czech Republic.
“However that’s nonetheless up within the air,” Lasse stated. “There’s nothing decided or determined in any respect proper now.”