The 4th Annual Eagle Get Out Expo comes to town this Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13.
The two-day outdoor activities and sports event and expo will include a community bike ride to benefit the Shaw Regional Cancer Center and the second annual ChroMoly Chef competition. The inaugural Longboard Push Race and BMX track event will be part of the festivities this year, as well as the Taste of Eagle highlighting local cuisine, outdoor expo, beer garden, bands and more.
"Eagle is the Vail Valley's summer playground," said Gabrie Higbie of presenting sponsor KZYR. "The Get Out Expo celebrates this and everything this community offers to outdoor recreation. Our community is excited to gather together to host this event that draws people from three counties and the Front Range."
The community mountain and road bike ride to benefit the Shaw Regional Cancer Center will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. Registration can be done online through the Vail Recreation District's website at www.vailrec.com. The event features self-guided beginner, intermediate and advanced courses for both mountain and road biking. Pre-registered riders may pick up their race packets on Friday, May 11, at Mountain Pedaler Bike Shop in Eagle or at the race on Saturday. Registrations will also be taken from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 12, at the ride start. Helmets are required for all riders.
Per the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, all riders must check-in and check-out with registration volunteers. While the designated start time of the self-guided mountain and road community bike ride is 11 a.m., riders may start their courses throughout the day as their schedules permit until 2 p.m. Members of The Youth Foundation's Ells Angels will lead groups on the mountain bike trails at the top of each hour for those not wanting to navigate them alone.
The cost to participate in the Community Bike Ride is $25 per entrant and includes a water bottle, the bike ride, a HoneyMilk protein drink, and one free beer ticket for the After Ride Party at 3 p.m. A donation of $20 from each registration will go directly to the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.
Eagle Get Out Expo ChroMoly Chef competition is a bike-building version of a culinary Iron Chef contest.
Sponsored by Street Swell, the ChroMoly Chef event challenges hard-core bike makers, experts and riders to build a working bicycle from scratch. Four teams of two will have one hour to build a bike from a selection of bike parts which will be provided but not revealed until two minutes before the clock starts. Once the clock starts builders can run to the part "pantry" and select the parts for the build. At the end of the time limit, a team representative will need to ride the bike 50 yards around a pylon and return to the start finish line. At that point the teams will be judged by a panel of three impartial judges on creativity, function and placing in the 50-yard dash.
The ChroMoly Chef competition is by invitation only but spectators are welcome to watch the event from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Potential participants can call (970) 376-4825 for more information. "I love the Food Channel - one night after watching an Iron Chef marathon I dreamed of a cooking competition only with bike parts instead of food. The next day, the ChroMoly Chef event was born. One of the best dreams I have ever had," said John Cummins of Street Swell, organizer of this competition.
This year's expo will be held in downtown Eagle Ranch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
With nearly 40 vendors, it will also prove to truly have something for everyone. Vendors will include Level Terrain/FlipBelt, Skeleton Performance Optics, Mountain Bike Eagle, Eagle County BMX, Avon Venture Sports, Mountain Pedaler, BMC Cycling, several bike manufacturers, MOTOACTV, HP Provisions, Lakota Guides, the Bowlmore Cafe and more.
Street Swell will sponsor a 10K longboard kick race and 1K fun skate race on Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Participants will race on longboards around the town of Eagle. Entrants may register at email@example.com, or call (877) 216-9091. The cost is $10 per person for the 10K race, the 1K fun skate is free of charge.
Longboarding is a sport similar to skateboarding. It uses a longer board, bigger wheels and sometimes bigger trucks to let the rider "surf" on concrete. Helmets are required, and participants will be required to follow all traffic laws and be kind to pedestrians.
Restaurants throughout the town of Eagle will be participating in the Taste of Eagle Sunday during the expo hours.
Restaurants to be highlighted include the well-known Colorado original Dusty Boot, homemade Italian family restaurant Luigi's Pastahouse, Old Kentucky Tavern, the Bowl Mor Cafe, and HP's Provisions.
Mountain Beverage, a privately owned beer distributor located in Gypsum will sponsor this year's beer garden, a new addition to the Eagle Get Out Expo.
The beer garden will open at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Food in the beer garden will be provided by the Dusty Boot. Patrons can enjoy $5 cups of beer as well as wine and cocktails for purchase (must be 21 or older). A portion of the proceeds from the beer garden will also benefit the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.
Good music is a part of every good party, and the Eagle Get Out Expo will not be an exception.
Here's the live music schedule:
• Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. - Schwing Daddy
• Saturday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. - Olora Brothers
• Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Hardscrabble
The Eagle County Fire Department, in conjunction with the Vail Valley Medical Center's Gypsum branch, will provide helmet testing and impact testing for cyclists and skateboarders alike at the fourth Eagle Get Out Expo.
The fourth Annual Eagle Get Out Expo can not happen without a core of volunteers. Volunteers are needed for the Community Bike Race registration table, the beer garden and more. Anyone interested in helping can contact Gabrie Higbie or Taylor Slaugh at (970) 926-7625.