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Bike casual for a cause

Ted AlvarezVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily Participants in last year's Sonnenalp's Casual Classic bike ride take a break.

With the number of ace cyclists present in the valley, just hopping into the saddle for an afternoon ride can feel competitive. But at the Sonnenalp’s Casual Classic this Sunday, do-gooder cyclists across Vail can ditch their ambitions to lead the pack. Instead, you’ll cruise at a leisurely pace in support of finishing the Eagle County bike path all the way to Glenwood Springs.

“This is a soft, casual, fun ride – not a race,” says Michele Davis of the Sonnenalp Foundation. “Half of the entry fee goes toward finishing the bike path with the Eagle County Regional Trails System, and the other half goes to the Sonnenalp Foundation, which provides funding for the Shaw Cancer Center and gives money to local families and children in the valley who need medical and educational assistance.”

At 8 a.m., shuttles from the Sonnenalp in the Vail Village will take riders to the starting point in Breckenridge. From there, riders will follow the recreational path ten miles to Frisco, followed by a gradual seven-mile creekside climb to Copper Mountain, a challenging five-mile climb to the Vail Pass summit and a leisurely 16-mile coast to Bully Ranch at the Sonnenalp.

When riders arrive, a barbecue buffet will greet them, along with silent auction items donated by Knox Gallery, the Golden Bear and other Vail merchants. Participants will also receive swag bags full of goodies.”We’ve gotten so many repeat people this year, so the prizes and auction items have gotten bigger, too,” Davis says. “We also get bigger and better swag – we load them up to the point where they can’t walk away.”Entry fees are $75 for adults and $45 for children 15 and younger; non-participants who would like to take part in the celebration at Bully Ranch minus the bike ride can do so for $20. Check in is from 7-8 a.m. at the Sonnenalp Carport or alternately at 8:45 a.m. in the Breckenridge free skier parking lot. The ride begins at 9 a.m. in Breckenridge.For more information and to register for the Casual Classic, visit or call 479-5429. Space is limited to 150 riders, and families are welcome, but no pets are allowed.

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