As the Town readies for the upcoming Escalante Days things are moving along nicely. The new bar is
nearly ready in all respects and people are warming to it and the numbers are on the up and up. Today
the old kitchen gets ripped out and relocated. Pool tables will be installed in the vacant area ready for
the start of the Fall competitions.

The Riverside extensions are nearly complete

The all new “trials” bar we ordered looking good

The door behind Brenda leads out onto the deck

The extensive new deck

An evening beer by the Dolores River ……. and all this 100 yards from the
Start !

The Chamber of Commerce has its “running order” finalised so the events should follow along these

 Flanders & Joe Rowell Parks

Parade Theme: “Dancing in the Streets”

Citizen of the Year Scott Clow- Grand Marshall

       Live Remote by KKDC “D’Crow” 93.3FM

4-6pm Live music Friday featuring Louis Edwards

and Yesterday

6-8 PM SAT.   Live Music/Street Dance/Beer Garden

featuring Vanishing Breed
ITSA Mountain West Vintage Motorcycle Trials Sat & Sun
Call Tony at 882-2483

SOFTBALL TOURNEY- ALL Weekend long sponsored by the Dolores H.S. Wrestling team call Leo Duran 749-3718


               12:00 PM    Vendor Booth set-up in Flanders Park

             5:30 PM    Kiddy Parade Line-up at Dolores General Store

             6:00 PM    Kiddy Parade sponsored by 4 Corners Character Council

             4-6   PM     Music by the Louie Edwards and Yesterday

             6:30 PM    Kid’s Bicycle Rodeo behind Dolores Medical Building

                               Sponsored by Dolores Rotary Club- bike give away

             7:00  PM     Ice Cream Eating Contest sponsored by Dolores General Store



             6-10 AM   Pancake Breakfast at Dolores Doghouse by K-9 Search and

                             Rescue                                                                                                                        8:00 AM   Registration for Rotary Club Mountain Bike Race in front Dolores
Medical Center. Pre-registration is available.

             9:50 AM   Start of the Rotary Club Mountain Bike Race

           10:00 AM   Parade – Line up at DHS at 9:30am VFW Color Guard          

                             out front. Sponsored by 4 Corners Character Council

           11:00 AM   Free hourly Galloping Goose rides until 4:00pm

           11:00 AM   Chain Saw contest – Riverfront Pizza and Bar

              NOON    Watermelon eating contest – Mountain Stone

           12:30 PM   Water Balloon Toss – Ponderosa

             1:00 PM   Arm Wrestling – Riverfront Pizza and Bar

             1:30 PM   Penny Hunt – The Dolores State Bank

             2:00 PM   3 Legged Race – Dolores Liquor

             2:30 PM   Stomp Rockets – Traditional Charm Antique Mall

             3:00 PM   Egg Toss – Dolores Food Market

             3:30 PM   Duck Race – Kiwanis Club of Cortez


Please keep your dogs at home


First editions of our event reportage were published last week in the Dolores Star and we did make
the front page. Usually it gets republished in the Cortez Journal which has a much bigger audience
and then the phone calls will start.

Motorcycle ballet

Vintage trials back for Escalante Days

Peter Slothower maneuvers over rocks along McPhee Reservoir in the vintage motorcyle competition at last year's race.Enlargephoto

Sam Green/Cortez Journal

Peter Slothower maneuvers over rocks along McPhee Reservoir in the vintage motorcyle competition
at last year’s race.

To say vintage motorcycle trial racing is a passion for Dolores resident Tony Down would be an understatement. His love of competition and beauty of a powered ascent over obstacles most people
would not walk over is beyond the pale.

“It’s really a pure sport; my wife calls it motorcycle ballet,” Down said in an interview at his Dolores
business, Cozy Comfort RV Park. “It is true balance of machine and body.”

Down has teamed up with local landowner Casey McClellan to create two challenging trials courses
on the outskirts of Dolores. A “full-blown competition” designed to be spectator friendly will be held
over Escalante Days on the weekend of Aug. 10 and 11.

The Dolores Escalante Day Trials is part of the Mountain West Vintage Trials race series, operating
under the umbrella of the International Twinshock Association (ITSA).

The second annual event was so wildly popular during its premiere last year, it caused a rush of
entries and inspired new devotees to the sport.

“Casey bought a trials bike and earned the best beginner during last year’s race,” said Down, a
professional rider who had a successful racing career in Europe.

Down still races with enthusiastic vigor and usually wins his expert class. But now he competes more
for the pure fun and camaraderie of it, and to promote the thrill of the unique sport.

“Bear in mind these are old men on old bikes,” he chuckles. “We’re still brilliant riders, but we’re not in
our twenties, even though we may think we are. We’re carrying on with various injuries.”

For purists, the more historic vintage trial bikes (up to 1979) are sacrosanct, but various classes allow
for some modern upgrades. However, ITSA has specific guidelines designed to limit technology for its competitions. Bikes must stay within the confines of air-cooled, drum brakes, and twin shocks.

ISTA’s website explains it this way: “Limiting the technology we can use will somewhat restrict the motorcycle’s capabilities. In doing this, the severity of the terrain the bikes can safely negotiate
becomes more reasonable. This, in turn, opens the door for more riders to safely compete, making
for a more interesting championship.”

On Saturday, after participating in the Escalante Days parade, competitors will run a trial course
beginning at the Fourth Street Bridge. There will be several convenient spectator sections, including
from the bridge.

Sunday is a longer race, with riders utilizing a steep, switchback road accessing the mesa top south
of town and negotiating cliff areas. Sections down Lost Canyon creek will be particularly challenging.
Each day’s race utilizes three loops, with 12 sections on each loop.

“The objective of the rider is to maintain forward movement without incurring penalties,” Down explains.
“A normal course will have rocks, tree roots, fallen trees, steep grades, you name it. It is all about brake
and throttle control, staying in balance.”

A foot down is one penalty point; “centipeding” through an obstacle, three points; going the wrong way
or out of bounds, five points. The rider charged with the least penalties is the winner. Classes and
course lines are subdivided into beginners, novices, intermediates, pre-historic experts, and experts.

The old abandoned house in Lost Canyon will become an obstacle in an optional, and sure to be
hilarious, denouement of the Sunday race event. Riders will be challenged to negotiate narrow
hallways, ride around bedrooms with old mattresses, and then through the kitchen and out the back
door, or some variation.

One such preposterous event is called “Honey, I’m home!” where riders don summer dresses and
carry purses while powering their machines through a race course in the house.

While competition can get fierce for the veterans, motorcycle trials are more of a “gentleman’s sport,”
Down said.

“There is not animosity, we applaud each other’s brilliance, and laugh at our mistakes when we lay in
a heap with the bike on top of us.”

Last year, 25 racers participated. Organizers are expecting up to 50 this year. For more information on
the race and how to sign up, contact Downs at (970) 882-2483 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (970) 882-2483 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

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