Since 1991, the KHMTT has taken place Wednesday evenings in Cherry Creek State Park in early spring, however because of the current pandemic and that the park is planning to do major road work in the spring, it is being postponed to fall. The seven-week series will be starting on September 8, 2021.
The weather is a bit unpredictable (this is Colorado!), but that is what makes the KHMTT unique and challenging!
The course begins at the edge of the Cherry Creek Reservoir, winds through the wetlands southeast of the reservoir, and crosses back and forth the small creeks that supply the water for the reservoir.
The KHMTT series is a fundraiser for Cancer Fitness Institute in memory of Karen Hornbostel, a four-time masters national road champion who battled metastatic breast cancer for over 13 years yet courageously pioneered a fitness program for cancer patients that started what is today the Cancer Fitness Institute. Her work is still making a difference today in the quality of the lives of thousands of cancer survivors. The COBRAS and the KHMTT are proud to be able to contribute to this worthwhile program.
The Karen Hornbostel Memorial Time Trial Series is presented by the COBRAS.
Photos by Ryan Muncy
The KHMTT normally is run in the spring of each year however in 2020 due to COVID-19 we had to postpone the series to the Fall.
In the spring of 2021 Cherry Creek State Park plans on resurfacing some of the roadway in the park, something that has been needed for years. Due to the resurfacing, some of the roads will be closed and will not be available for the KHMTT course. This would result in either a shortened course or could require a cancelation of the series.
In addition, COVID-19 is still with us and will still be a factor in the spring of 2021. We are hoping that it will be at least less of a factor in the fall.
Therefore, the COBRAS along with the management of Cherry Creek State Park and ColoradoCycling.org have decided to again postpone the series to the fall in 2021 and hopefully will be able to schedule the series in the Spring in 2022.
The course is now 9.6 miles! The course will finish with a long straight uphill climb the last mile before finish followed by a tight right-hand turn, then a quick downhill to the line. This change will allow our timers to stay in a vehicle (not under a tent) and they will be facing away from the sun. To check out the changes, go to What You Need to Know, The Details, The Course.
“Show and Go” allows you to reserve a start time for the remainder of the series, then on nights you want to race, just show up at the start line and go!
How it works:
- You register for Show and Go
- Select your start time
- Pay the $20 ($24 for two races per night) start time reserve fee via credit card
- The first night you race, come by the registration table and pick up your bib.
- Go to the start line and race!
- When you want to race again, just show up at the start line and race!
The KHMTT holds a safety record second to none in large part because of our many volunteers and supporters assisting racers, monitoring motor vehicles and directing traffic. Be a vital part the time trial series by being a volunteer and you can work and race the same night!
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Because of the extension of the course onto Swim Beach Access Road, vehicles entering the park going to the Smoky Hill Parking area are requested to use the East Boat Access Road (the road where the start line is located) to Swim Beach Access Road, then turn left to the Smoky Hill parking area. That will prevent vehicles from driving on the actual course as racers approach the finish line. To see the new vehicle route, go to What You Need to Know, The Details, The Course.
The Tower Loop turn has always been problematic, as parked vehicles cannot always see racers entering the loop when backing out of a parking space. This year we have added a corridor, separating racers from other vehicles in the loop. Racers will merge left as they enter the turn and stay left of the cones in the turn. When exiting the corridor, racers will merge right as they exit the loop back onto the main road.