New record set at The Very Scary Time Trial

Michael Grajeda breaks own course record to win male race; Betsy Richards wins female division

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Michael Grajeda beat his time from last year to set a new course record of 43:47.00 at the second annual Very Scary Time Trial on Sunday. Enlargephoto

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Michael Grajeda beat his time from last year to set a new course record of 43:47.00 at the second annual Very Scary Time Trial on Sunday.

The Very Scary Time Trial returned to Geer Park on Sunday for its second annual running.

Hosted by the Montezuma Land Conservancy and High Desert DEVO, the time-trial style bike race consisted of the nine-mile “Beatles Tour” and included divisions for adults and children.

Keith Evans, one of the event’s organizers, said that participation was up around 15 percent from its first year. He said that organizers worked to pump up the event this season by getting a special event permit to provide beer, and there was also pizza, music and riders dressed in their Halloween costumes.

Osprey Packs and Kokopelli Bike & Board provided prizes, and Johnson Physical Therapy put up a $100 purse for any new course record.

After the kids race, organized by Pete Eschellier and with the funds going to High Desert DEVO, Michael Grajeda claimed the $100 prize by beating his time from last year to set a new course record of 43:47.00.

John Nobil was the second-place finisher in the male division and Paul Adams was third.

Betsy Richards was the top finisher in the female division. She was followed by Julie Carpenter in second place and Melanie Cook in third.

The funds from the adult registrations went to the Montezuma Land Conservancy.

“The money that is generated benefits the land conservancy,” Evans explained. “But it goes into a specific locked fund that is for acquiring and expanding trails and maintaining the existing trails.”

MLC Executive Director Jon Leibowitz (left) and race organizer Keith Evans (middle) present Michael Grajeda with prizes after winning the second annual Very Scary Time Trial and setting a new course record. Enlargephoto

Photo courtesy of Megan Flesch

MLC Executive Director Jon Leibowitz (left) and race organizer Keith Evans (middle) present Michael Grajeda with prizes after winning the second annual Very Scary Time Trial and setting a new course record.

The top three male finishers from the second annual Very Scary Time Trial pose following the event on Sunday. From left to right: Michael Grajeda (1st Place), John Nobil (2nd Place), Paul Adams (3rd Place). Enlargephoto

Photo courtesy of Megan Flesch

The top three male finishers from the second annual Very Scary Time Trial pose following the event on Sunday. From left to right: Michael Grajeda (1st Place), John Nobil (2nd Place), Paul Adams (3rd Place).

The top three female finishers from the second annual Very Scary Time Trial pose following the event on Sunday. From left to right: Betsy Richards (1st Place), Julie Carpenter (2nd Place), Melanie Cook (3rd Place). Enlargephoto

Photo courtesy of Megan Flesch

The top three female finishers from the second annual Very Scary Time Trial pose following the event on Sunday. From left to right: Betsy Richards (1st Place), Julie Carpenter (2nd Place), Melanie Cook (3rd Place).