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Cycle Effect Trail Jam celebrates opening of Eagle trails

Cindy Ramunno
cramunno@eaglevalleyenterprise.com
A competitor from The Cycle Effect begins her descent on the Haymaker Trail in Eagle.
Special to the Enterprise |

Trail Jam

2015

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Registration open at The Dusty Boot

Noon to 4 p.m. — Ride, run, hike, walk at Town of Eagle Open Space Trails

1 to 4 p.m. — Fly casting clinics with Gore Creek Fly Fisherman

2 p.m. — Yoga on the Lawn with Yoga Off Broadway at the Dusty Boot

4 p.m. — Live Music with Twang Box at the Dusty Boot

It’s been a long winter … so it feels like a great time to celebrate the official opening of the town of Eagle’s open space amenities with the Cycle Effect Trail Jam this weekend.

Make plans to spend this Saturday, April 18, at the 2nd Annual Trail Jam season opener. Organizers plan to build on last year’s event success.

The Cycle Effect is hosting the event once again, and it’s sponsored by the Dusty Boot. The event is open to bikers, runners, hikers, walkers and anyone who likes to get out and get dirty on the trails. Registration opens at 11 a.m. at the Dusty Boot and the party lasts until a little past dark with trail rides, runs, hikes, yoga, strider, races, live music and loads of prizes.

“Get out on the trails and do what we all live here for,” said Cycle Effect’s Brett Donelson. “After enjoying the trails, head down to The Dusty Boot for some great live music and cheer about the great community we all have. The Cycle Effect would not have come so far without the help from everyone here, so we thank you.”

Effecting girls

The Cycle Effect’s mission is to empower young women through mountain biking to achieve brighter futures and build stronger communities. Last year was an extremely successful year for Cycle Effect, which was selected as a finalist for the Vail Valley Partnership’s Annual Success Awards. These awards are given to businesses in the Vail Valley that have excelled over the past year, and recognizes their hard work and dedication to the valley. The group has more than doubled their goals in the past few years.

In November of 2010, Donelson Coaching set out to create an opportunity for local young women with the idea that committed and driven kids should be able to participate in a sport that so many locals are so passionate about, regardless of their backgrounds. Thus the Cycle Effect was born, giving girls the chance to ride bikes as a way to build self-esteem, improve fitness and learn about nutritional opportunities.

Through the organization, participants have received top-of-the-line mountain bikes and equipment and training from professional coaches. The Cycle Effect team has competed in race events throughout Eagle County and beyond. Mountain biking has provided the means for these girls to escape the stresses of high school life and teach lifelong skills.

Prior to joining the Cycle Effect, none of the girls had ever taken part in competitive mountain biking. However, each girl became passionate about the sport and the opportunity. Together, they create an amazing team dynamic despite different backgrounds and challenges. As a group, these girls strive to overcome all obstacles to become one of the Vail Valley’s premiere mountain biking teams.

It is about the bike

“It’s not about the bike” is the Lance Armstrong quote that’s widely repeated in cycling competition. But for The Cycle Effect, it is about the bike because the equipment teaches participants about stress relief, teamwork, acceptance, healthy competition, and determination.

Christa Ghent, also with The Cycle Effect, said Trail Jam is a celebration of both the town’s trails and the community support for the girls.

“This year our amazing supporters at Roadhouse Hospitality Group and The Cycle Effect are using the night to thank the community. The efforts from the Roadhouse Hospitality Group would not have worked without everyone in this great community.”

After riding the trails all day, everyone is welcome to the party at The Dusty Boot. The Cycle Effect staff is encouraging those who want to be entered in the raffle to use Facebook, Instragram and Twitter to share photos of fun times out on the trails and to use the hashtag #TrailJam. If you don’t use the official hashtag, your entries don’t count.

“We want people out on the trails enjoying what this great community has to offer and then gathering to celebrate it,” said Ghent.


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