Dock Dogs event ditched in Avon
AVON – It looks like Avon’s “Dock Dogs” event was a one-summer wonder.
The Avon Town Council on Tuesday agreed to help fund a couple of events – a beer and wine festival and a “Gran Fondo” bicycling event. The beer and wine event, backed by local promoter NRC365, is a sure thing. The bicycling event still needs approval, but of the two, the cyclists may bring the most attention to town.
Promoter Chris Laskey told council members that Gran Fondo – Italian for “big ride” – has run events from Cape Town, South Africa, to San Diego. Promoters envision the mountain event as the most challenging of all those rides.
Laskey said Gran Fondo events elsewhere generate between two and three room nights per participant, and the intent is to run the local event just before the U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge in August, something that might entice some Gran Fondo participants to stay a few more nights to catch the races.
The question, though, is where the Gran Fondo will land, since both Vail and Avon have submitted bids for the event. But, Laskey said, the look and feel of each proposal is different, especially since the Avon proposal includes rides that finish in Beaver Creek Village, where the pro riders will finish the next week.
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“We’re very excited … . It’s a great opportunity for people to get out and do something special,” Beaver Creek Resort Co. President Tim Baker said.
Laskey said he expects a decision from Gran Fondo’s international promoters in the next couple of weeks.
More certain is a wine and beer festival set for early August. That event is being promoted by NRC365, a local promotion company associated with Avon-based NRC Broadcasting. That event will be similar to other festivals in Winter Park and Breckenridge, but will add wine to the mix.
But luring and hosting those events means the town’s going to have to drop something from its summer calendar. In this case, it’s “Dock Dogs,” which had its first appearance in Avon last summer, but which appeals to a more limited audience than either bicycling or craft beer and wine can draw.