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Cycle Effect receives a donated van from CME

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John Dawsey, center, the director of sales and marketing for Colorado Mountain Express, presents a 15-passenger van to The Cycle Effect at the official key handover. The donation to the non-profit cycling group is part of Vail Resorts' EpicPromise program of donations to community nonprofit groups.

EDWARDS — As part of Vail Resorts' EpicPromise program, Colorado Mountain Express has partnered with The Cycle Effect, donating a 15-passenger Ford E350 van to the organization.

The Cycle Effect is a relatively new nonprofit organization that supports a key EpicPromise criterion — youth development — by helping young girls develop confidence and life skills through the sport of mountain biking. With its rapid growth in Eagle County and expansion into Summit County, The Cycle Effect's need for transportation was made clear in the company's grant process. Through Vail Resorts' philanthropic giving council, a vehicle donation was seen as the most beneficial way to foster The Cycle Effect's plans for more growth and delivering bikes to young women.

"Through the Vail Resorts EpicPromise program, (Colorado Mountain Express) can donate transportation services and vehicles to nonprofit organizations in need," company vice president and general manager Robert Tschupp said. "Our dedication to helping youth and environmental programs in the regions in which we operate is important to us, and their work is crucial to build stronger communities." As Colorado Mountain Express upgrades its fleet each year, it makes sense to find ways to give back to the community and help nonprofits as much, if not more, than a cash donation.

The Cycle Effect was started in 2010 by Brett Donelson, whose goal was to create an opportunity for committed and driven middle- and high-school-age young women who Donelson believes should be able to participate in a sport that he and many of his friends and colleagues in the mountains are so passionate about, regardless of their background or financial status. The Cycle Effect has since provided top-of-the-line mountain bikes and equipment and professional training in Eagle and Summit counties. Through the program, participants have improved their self-esteem and fitness levels and competed in race events throughout Colorado. Through it all, life-long skills of teamwork, stress-management and healthy competition are also found.

"One of the reasons for the growth of The Cycle Effect is that reliable transportation to races and training is a hurdle for many of the girls," Donelson said. "In order to get these young ladies where they need to be and to allow them to fully participate in The Cycle Effect, we need vehicles. Colorado Mountain Express's van has proven to be safe, reliable and in excellent condition. We simply could not run our program without vehicles like these."

This is the fourth consecutive year that Colorado Mountain Express and Vail Resorts have donated a van to a deserving nonprofit organization in Summit or Eagle County. Vans have previously been donated to the Keystone Science School, Friends of Dillon Ranger District and SOS Outreach.

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Additionally, EpicPromise supports The Cycle Effect through its annual grant program. EpicPromise is Vail Resorts' sustainability brand, which includes all of the company's environmental and community giving efforts. Through the brand, Vail Resorts contributes more than $7.8 million each year in cash and in-kind donations to critical non-profits that carry out youth and environmental programs in the communities where the company operates.