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Eagle celebrates bikes this spring

EAGLE, Colorado ” The poet who waxed romantic about “springtime in the Rockies” probably never spent May in Vail, Colorado.

It’s a month of heartbreak ” picture-perfect spring days intermixed with dumps of heavy, wet snow. But the downvalley business owners plan to capitalize on the area’s “banana belt” reputation by promoting May as the time and Eagle as the place to get out the summer toys after the ski mountain closes.

Eagle will celebrate Bike Month beginning May 1 with a variety of special events, promotions and offerings.

“Bike Month will be cool. Everyone is ready for spring at this point,” says Mountain Peddler owner Charlie Brown.

What’s more, Brown believes the community is a natural fit for a biking celebration.

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“The people who live in Eagle seem to be about bikes, that’s for sure,” he says.

Combining an existing community interest with a program that markets the town to visitors is focus for Bike Month.

“What we are trying to do is showcase all the amazing attributes that Eagle has,” says Kelly Malin of The Kind Bikes and Skis located in Eagle Ranch.

The Bike Month schedule includes the following:

Scavenger Hunt ” Saturday, May 2.

Billed as a family-friendly event, the bike scavenger hunt will send participants to various locales around town and then inside businesses to hunt for clues. Organizer Erin Seabury is working on a combination of Eagle historical clues and local lore to frame the hunt. She’s also looking for prizes and participating businesses.

Contact her at ering@everydayoutfitters.com

Bicycle Pub Crawl ” Saturday, May 9

Organizer Tara Picklo plans a five-stop tour from 3 to 9 p.m.

Participants will visit Yeti’s Grind, the Dusty Boot, Grand Avenue Grill, Broadway Cafe and the Brush Creek Saloon. Special contests are planned at individual stops such as the “Slow Bike Race” at Yetis and the “Sexy Legs Contest” at the Broadway. The $10 entry fee will include a chance to win a cruiser bike donated by The Kind.

Registration forms will be available at participating pubs. For more information contact Picklo at tnpicklow@netzero.com.

Welcome Wagons

Special welcome wagons will be set up at the Bellyache Ridge (Boneyard) trailhead, the 4th of July trailhead and at Brush Creek Elementary School on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17. Brown said the idea is to officially welcome riders and let them know about the great trail opportunities in Eagle. To volunteer for a welcome wagon shift, call Mountain Peddler at 328-3478.

Biking and Bananas

To market Eagle as the area’s early riding option, Holli Snyder of NRC Broadcasting and Carole Bukovich of The Vail Daily/Eagle Valley Enterprise have developed a campaign that branches off of the downvalley’s reputation as Eagle County’s banana belt. The program will include food and drink specials at local restaurants, lodging and merchandise packages and more.

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