St. Marys hosting bicycle time trials on Sunday

About 200 cyclists are expected to compete in Sunday’s Colavita Zipp Time Trials event in St. Marys.

The nearly 12-mile event, which is one of nine races on a tour that has events in northwest and southwest Ohio along with eastern Indiana, returns to the Auglaize County Council on Aging for the third straight year. Registration starts on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and the time trials begin at 9 a.m.

“We get people of all skill levels,” event organizer Roger Bowersock, Jr. said. “We, of course, have a dedicated group who travel to all the events and are pretty serious about it, but we get people of all abilities. It’s a fun event.”

Bowersock, a St. Marys native and former professional racer who now runs the not-for-profit organizer of the event — Rocketship Sports Management —  said time trial racing appeals to racers in the area. Racers leave the starting house at one-minute intervals.

Bowersock said the overpass, followed by an uphill finish on Ohio 116, is the most challenging part of this race.

“You’ll be going down the backside of the overpass and think you’re doing pretty well and then those last 500 yards can be tough,” he said. “It’s kind of a sick joke.”

Inspired by the late Larry Shelby’s love of cycling and the St. Marys Bicycle Race Shelby curated for 13 years, Bowersock, Jr. thought bringing back a cycling event to St. Marys three years ago just made sense.

“Larry was the guy who started all the cycling stuff in this area,” Bowersock said. “To come back with an event here really honors what he did.”

The ACCA  is located at 610 Indiana Ave.

Winners will be honored on the podium at about 11:30 a.m. Bowersock said people are encouraged to come out and watch. Bleachers will be set up near the finish.

Traffic will be closed from Indiana Avenue to Madison during the race.