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Large crowds came out to watch bikers race during the 2013 Colorado High School Cycling League State Championships held in Eagle. The event returns to town this weekend. |

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Championship weekend

Quintin Cook, Luke Vickerman and the town of Eagle were the big winners last weekend when the Colorado High School Cycling League state championship came to town.

Local racers — the Vail Valley Composite Team — brought home the state championship, awarded at the conclusion of The Haymaker Classic race. A mere 36 points separated the top two contenders, but on the last day of their season, at their home venue, the VVC racers nabbed the 2013 trophy.

“I told the kids that if we get beat today, we will get beaten by someone really good,” said Vail Valley Composite Coach Dan Weiland.

Those words turned prophetic as a really hot Boulder squad hit the race track. Twelve Boulder racers placed in the top-10 in their respective categories. The Vail Valley Composite team countered with 11 top-10 finishes of its own. The Boulder team placed first at The Haymaker Classic, but they were not able to overtake VVC to win the overall season championship.

The local racers weren’t the only winners last weekend. During the league’s season-ending picnic Saturday night, the town of Eagle captured a win of its own. Eagle was honored as the top race host community.

“The welcome we have received from the community has been incredible,” said league organizer Kate Rau. Sunday’s race featured 479 competitors and that meant coaches, parents and other supporters flooded the town over the weekend.

“We were hearing such great comments about Eagle. People can’t wait to come back here and ride,” said Eagle Marketing and Events Coordinator Amy Cassidy. “People are raving about the course, the town, everything.”

Rave reviews were the goal when the town began working with Rau last year to develop a new trail at the Haymeadow property located east of the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink. Town leaders negotiated with the Haymeadow property owners — Ric Newman and Alan Cohen — for a trail easement across the property’s hilly northern border prior to completion of the proposed development’s land use hearings. The town allocated $60,000 to hire professional trail builders to design and build portions of the trail. The Hardscrabble Trails Coalition, a local nonprofit responsible for building many of Eagle’s existing trails, was also heavily involved in the project.

When the course was completed, Rau agreed to not only bring a high school cycling league event to town, but to have Eagle host the state championships. That was, to mix sports metaphors, a home run for the community.

Charlie Brown, owner of Mountain Pedaler bike shop in Eagle, reported business was clipping along Saturday as competitors and their entourages arrived in town.

“Every other car in town had a bike on it. I was helping kids with flat this and busted that,” Brown said. “I even loaned a kid a bike to ride on Sunday.”

Brown was impressed by both the caliber of the competition and the comments he heard from the riders and their families.

“I would say 80 percent of these people are going to come back to Eagle and do a little trip sometime over the next year,” Brown said. “And now they know about our coffee shops, hotels and restaurants.

Along with the people who independently visit Eagle to ride, look for the high school cycling league to return.

“Absolutely. There is no question. We will be back,” Rau said.

Sunset in Eagle

The November issue of Sunset magazine features some familiar names and sites in an pictorial titled “Why you’ll love Eagle, CO.”

Writer Stephen Duncan and photographer Ashley Davis Tilly from the national magazine traveled to the community in August. After visiting a number of the town’s businesses and eateries, and riding a number of its trails, the pair collaborated on the piece, which touts, “With the Rocky Mountain foothills open for biking and hiking through November, you can chase the fall in this low-key Vail alternative.”

The article includes comments from Andy Jessen of Bonfire Brewing, Tara Picklo of Yeti’s Grind and Houston Perkins of HP’s Provisions.

Free Storm Spotter and Weather Safety Training

Staff from the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction will host a free storm spotter and weather safety training in Eagle next week.

The session is planned Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Eagle County Building, 500 Broadway.

No RSVP or registration is required and participants can simply show up to participate in the training.

For more information about storm spotting and weather safety, go to the National Weather Service website at

Dog/cat adoption special

During the month of October, Eagle County Animal Services is offering 50 percent off pricing for dog and cat adoptions.

Dogs can be adopted for $50, normally $100, and cats can be adopted for $35, normally $70. The adoption fee covers current vaccinations, microchipping and spay or neuter.

Animal Services Manager Richard Molinari said fall and winter seasons are a great time to adopt a shelter animal.

“Due to the colder weather, these adopted animals will spend more time indoors with their new owners, helping the animal acclimate to their new surroundings,” said Molinari. “While inside, owners tend to engage in more one-on-one time with the animal, making the colder months an ideal time for obedience training and bonding.”

For information on all animals available for adoption, visit the shelter at 1400 Fairgrounds Road in Eagle between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Or, view photos and more at

Hockey Poinsettias

Hockey season has started. It’s time to start thinking about poinsettias.

Despite the fact that Halloween is still a few weeks away, Vail International Hockey would like everyone to consider purchasing poinsettia plants for Christmas to benefit the youth hockey club’s trip to Eastern Europe in December 2015.

For more than 25 years, Vail International Hockey has organized trips overseas for young local hockey players and the sale of these plants is an important part of raising the necessary funds.

Local hockey players, ages 12-18, will visit six countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary in what Eric Eves, the director of Vail International Hockey, describes as a “once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

The kids will play approximately 12 games in 15 days, but “the games are actually a small part of what these trips are all about,” Eves says. “The kids get to experience and learn about different cultures in a way your typical tourist can’t even imagine. After the games, the players from both teams eat and socialize together. It can be a life-changing experience for some of these kids and hockey is the vehicle for making it happen.”

Vail International Hockey has been selling these plants for more than 10 years. The poinsettias come in four sizes and three different colors – red, pink and white. They are great for holiday gifts, for office or home decoration, and with proper care, will last well past the holiday season.

Orders for the poinsettias must be placed by Nov. 2 with delivery scheduled for early December.

If you would like to purchase some of these plants, or need additional information, please contact Michael Rawlings at 970-390-9233 or Julie Alt at 970-376-3270.

Quilt trunk show

  The High Altitude Quilters will host a quilt trunk show on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Gypsum Rec Center, 6 to 9 p.m.

  The quilts of Linda O’Sullivan, an internationally renowned quilter, will be featured.

Sullivan grew up in Wales and now lives in Tallahassee, Fla. She began quilting in 1982 and  started teaching quilting in 2002. She offers classes in Wales every summer.

  Although she practices all types of quilting, her specialties include paper piecing, hand appliqué and hand quilting. Her emphasis is on Celtic quilts, Italian floor tile mosaic quilts, and Welsh whole cloth quilts.

The public is welcome to attend the show.

  “Drop Dead!”

The Porchlight Players will present the comedy murder-mystery “Drop Dead!” this fall.

The story revolves around a group of has-been actors trying to revive their careers in a run-down theater performing a mediocre play, directed by the once-touted, now disgraced Victor Le Pewe. Old animosities resurface between rival actors, and just when the show is about to go on stage, the actors start to drop dead. Who has reason to sabotage the show? Who hates the other actors enough to commit murder? Find out as you enjoy this rollicking thriller.

Tickets are $35, and include pre-curtain snacks, an array of appetizers during intermission and three drink tickets for beer, wine or soft drinks. Show dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8, 9 and 10. All performances begin at 7 p.m. at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle Ranch. Advance tickets must be purchased online at least 24 hours in advance.

Visit to purchase tickets. Sales will begin this week.

Around Town

Kayla Gagnon, of Gypsum, has been named recipient of the TLC for Fort Lewis College Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for the 2013-14 academic year. Gagnon’s major is biology. Congratulations Kayla!

The Eagle County Historical Society’s annual meeting is planned Thursday, Nov. 7, at 8:15 a.m. at Eagle Town Hall. Election of officers and a recap of the group’s recent activities is planned. For more information, contact

The fall used book sale has started at the Eagle and Gypsum public libraries. Drop by and check out their array of affordable reading material.

The Snowboard Outreach Society is recruiting Sherpas for its university youth program. For more information on SOS Outreach or the sherpa positions, visit, or contact Ben via e-mail at, or call 970-926-9292 ext. 105.

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