Cowboys, Fishing, Hiking, Biking & Running at Five Spring Events at LV,
The Los Vaqueros Dam Trials returns in 2014.
The longer 3.5 mile course that debuted last year will be used again. Riders will leave from the North Entry Station at one minute intervals, and sprint to the top of the dam.
The course follows smooth, paved Walnut Blvd. through rolling hills up to the top of the dam. As was the case last year, at the top, the riders will make a hard right hand turn and speed to the finish line at the viewing area.
This will be the fifth time the trials have been held, and the second on the longer course provided by the expanded dam.
Last year, 39 riders from age 7 to 77 competed with Ben Cannon of Brentwood winning first place with a time of 11:06 over the 3.5 mile climb. He was the fourth different overall winner in the four-year history of the event, and had a four second advantage over Craig Tanner of Benicia.
Trish Pacheco of Walnut Creek was the only woman entered last year, and she finished strong with a 13.04.
This year, Change of Pace Foundation will time the event and promises quick results. The event is limited to 85 participants. There will be age group medals and t-shirts for all entries.
The only chance to practice the entire course -- the top of the dam is normally closed to bicyclists -- is on Saturday, March 22 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. during Bike N Hike Day. We'll have some snacks and drinks at the top of the dam. So please stop by.
In the photos above clockwise from the top of the 2013 event: Riders line up for the start of the race; Overall winner Ben Cannon accepts his award; Rider Ron Perry of Oakley accelerates down Walnut Blvd. shortly after the start; 10-year-old Ethan Van Hook of Brentwood starts his race; Trish Pacheco accepts her award. Jessica Morre shot these photos. Here are some photos on Flicker
Windy and cold weather dominated the third Los Vaqueros Dam Trials on Saturday, April 10, 2010, keeping times high.
Winds up to 35 mph roared right into the face of the riders and temperatures were below 50 degrees for most of day on the three-mile sprint to the top of the dam.
Jeff Mapes of Brentwood, topped men's the field with a 10:56.3, nearly 33 seconds ahead of second finishing Jeff Bilodeau, also of Brentwood.
In the Women's Division, defending champion Lindsey Moffett of Antioch made it two Dam Trials in a row and finished at 13:20.8, nearly three minutes slower than last year. She said the unrelenting wind cost her three to four minutes.
Jeff Samson of Discovery Bay, who won the inaugural Dam Trials in 2008, was seen to be pushed back and forth across Walnut Blvd as he battled the wind on his start. He finished fourth in his age group with a time of 13:28.4.
In all, 45 riders competed in the largest Dam Trials to date.
So Steve Ransom's course record of 9:12.9 -- set in 2009 -- still stands.
Jeff Samson of Brentwood charges
away from the start line to win the first Los Vaqueros Dam Trials in 2008 with a time of 10:08.
San Francisco's Steve Ransom won the 2009 LV Dam Trials with a 9:12.9, almost 20 mph.
72-year-old Dave Stoeffler nears the finish line in the 2008 trails. He was the oldest rider in the field and finished sixth overall with a time of 11:38. He returned in 2009 and finished with an 11:56. In 2010, Dave won his age group again.