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Search and rescue teams find 36-year-old cyclist who went missing Sunday

By Andrea Sinclair and Monica Mendoza Published: October 4, 2013 0

Just before darkness settled in Monday, Teller County Search and Rescue team members heard a woman calling for help near Knights Peak, close to Upper Gold Camp Road and Penrose-Rosemont Reservoir.

The team, working with El Paso County Search and Rescue and 30 other volunteers, had been calling Alicia Jakomait's name for more than 12 hours. About 6:30 p.m., she answered.

"She was alert and breathing," said Mike Smith, Teller County Search and Rescue incident commander.

Jakomait, 36, went for a mountain bike ride at 1 p.m. Sunday and disappeared. She was reported missing about 11 p.m. to Colorado Springs police by her husband, Jesse Jakomait, after his attempts to find her were unsuccessful.

By 8 p.m. Monday, a team was bringing Jakomait from a trail to the road. It was unclear how or why she crashed. But she did not try to walk out. Rescuers found her where the accident occurred, Smith said. The trails were especially rough and dangerous after the recent rains, Smith said.

"I'm glad she is alive."

Teller County had 15 to 20 volunteer search and rescue team members, some on foot, some on bicycles and some on ATVs, searching a 9-mile area.

Jakomait is an accomplished competitive rider. Her bike had a unique tire tread that was spotted off Gold Camp Road and near the Pipeline Trail - a single-track advanced, mostly downhill trail - about 5:30 p.m. By then, rescuers had covered a wide swath of land from the Teller County line to Old Stage Road.

"She spent a cold night out there," said Pat Burgess, coordinator of El Paso County Search and Rescue, which had 19 search members leading the efforts.

"The word we got was that she did not deviate from the trails," he said. "That was our main area of focus."

Jakomait's husband could not be reached Monday night but he posted on his Facebook page, "Thanks everyone for the amazing generosity! I can't thank you all enough for all of your help finding my precious wife! There must have been 40 mtb and moto rippers out there combing hundreds of miles of trail."

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