Get Outside at this weekend’s Eagle Outside Fest |

Get Outside at this weekend’s Eagle Outside Fest

A competitor makes a climb during the Firebird 40 mountain bike race at the Eagle Outside Festival. The event returns to Eagle this weekend.
Photo courtesy Dave Watson | Special to the Daily |


3 to 5 p.m. — Love Like Marc Memorial Ride – Yeti’s Grind

4 to10 p.m. — Bonfire Block Party at Bonfire Brewing – Free music starts at 4:30 p.m.

6 to 9 p.m. ­ FireBird Races Registration and Packet Pickup – Dusty Boot


7 a.m. to 5p.m. Registration & Packet Pickup – Addison Building 9a.m.-5p.m. Super Sale Opens – Addison Building

9 a.m. — Boneyard Boogie Starts – Boneyard Trailhead

9a.m. to 5p.m. — Event Expo and Demo Open – Eagle Ranch

10 a.m. to 1p.m. Alison Dunlap Women’s MTB Clinic – Felt Bicycles Booth

10a.m. to 1p.m. — VVASA Junior Rides – Registration Building

11 to 2p.m. — Gran Fondo MTB Tour – MountainBike Eagle Booth

11 a.m. — FirstBank Firebird XC Short Race – Boneyard Trailhead

12-3 p.m. — Lo-Fi Chainless DH – Mayer Gulch

1 to 2p.m. —Yoga with In Your Element – Brush Creek Pavilion

3 p.m. — FirstBank Firebird XC Short Awards – Dusty Boot

3-6 p.m. —Rippin’ Chix Guided Ride+Skills Refresher – Keen Booth

4p.m. — Lo-Fi Chainless DH Awards – 7 Hermits


7a.m.-3 p.m. — Registration & Packet Pickup – Addison Building

9a.m. to 4p.m. — Event Expo and Demo Open – Eagle Ranch

9 a.m. — FirstBank Firebird 40 middle and big course starts – Capital Street

9 a.m. to 4p.m. Super sale opens – Addison Building

10 a.m. to 1p.m. — Alison Dunlap Women’s MTB Clinic – Felt Bicycles Booth

10a.m. to 1p.m. — Rippin’ Chix Guided Ride+Skills Refresher – Keen Booth

11a.m. to 2p.m. Gran Fondo MTB Tour – MountainBike Eagle Booth

11a.m. — Howard Head Sports Medicine 5K Fun Run/Walk/Ride – Dusty Boot

11a.m. —Yoga in the Park – Brush Creek Pavilion

12:30p.m. — Howard Head Sports Medicine 5K awards – Dusty Boot

12 to 3p.m. — Kids Fun Zone – Dusty Boot

1p.m. —Strider Sprint Challenge – Capital Street

2p.m. — FirstBank Firebird 40 middle and big course awards – Dusty Boot

2p.m. Bonfire Brewing Chro-Moly Chef Competition – Dusty Boot

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Spring hits a bit earlier in the downvalley community of Eagle, and this weekend its time to celebrate all that is great about the change of season at the Eagle Outside Festival and Expo.

The annual event celebrates the town’s open space trail system with runs, rides and races along with outdoor gear demos and sales with a healthy dose of brews and music added to the mix.

The Kipp family, of Eagle, can’t wait to get things started.

“It’s so much fun and all of it is right here,” said mom Denise Kipp.

She is registered for the Boneyard Boogie, and she’s very excited to take on the 11K trail run.

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“There’s so much camaraderie with everyone cheering for each other,” she said.

Later in the day, her 7-year-old son, Miles, is set to take on the three-hour youth mountain bike ride. “I am a little nervous for my race, and Miles is a little nervous for his adventure. But after we are done, we will go to The Dusty Boot and listen to music and celebrate. How great is that?” said Kipp.

But that’s not all that’s on the schedule for the Kipp family. Dad Randy is going to take in the festival atmosphere and 5-year-old Kipp twins Ashley and Vivian will enjoy the kids zone fair.

“Randy is in the market for a new mountain bike, so he will be checking out the demos,” said Kipp. “It’s almost like we need a full-time nanny this weekend to get in everything. We will be out all day Saturday and Sunday and we are really hoping for good weather for all that.”

The Kipps are not alone.

Now in its seventh year, the Eagle Outside Festival offers something for all ages and abilities. The fun begins Friday with music and beer at Bonfire Brewing and concludes Sunday with a unique bike assembly challenge. There’s more happening than you can shake a stick at, but here are a few of the highlights:

Firebird 40 XC

This year an ultra-endurance single-loop backcountry cross-country race has been added to the Eagle Outside Festival schedule.

Roughly 40 miles in length (with shorter distances available), the new course winds through some of Eagle’s best trail offerings, including Mike’s Night Out, World’s Greatest and Pipeline.

Approval for the newly-established Firebird 40 XC represents the culmination of nearly three years of dialogue between the event’s production team and open space managers at the federal, state and community level. The new course is the product of a long-term partnership between Eagle’s open space and economic development teams, event organizers Uncommon Communications, and federal land managers in the areas of recreation, biology, archeology and wildlife. The freshly-minted Firebird course provides access to previously undiscovered territory for visitors to the emerging mountain bike destination.

“Our first goal when we assumed control of the festival was to create a long-distance cross country very much in the spirit of Breckenridge’s Firecracker 50,” said event director Mike McCormack, of Uncommon Communications, “A significant challenge for riders new to Eagle is the sheer size of its surrounding trail network. Unless you’re a local with lots of trial-and-error experience, getting lost isn’t a possibility, it’s a certainty. That’s an obstacle for the types of low-impact recreational tourism Eagle is courting.”

“The BLM and town of Eagle have a long history of working together to provide high-quality recreation opportunities, which are important economic drivers for the area. The town and race organizers have worked closely with the BLM to permit an exciting event in a way that minimizes impacts to natural resources,” said Karl Mendonca, field manager for the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office.

“This new race segment will be an exciting addition to an already great event and highlights the wonderful recreation opportunities available in the western portion of the Vail Valley,” says Aaron Mayville, Acting District Ranger for the Forest Service’s Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, “The Forest Service is proud to have been a part of the team, and looks forward to future events that reflect the continued successful partnership between the Town of Eagle, BLM, and the Forest Service.”

Boneyard Boogie

While the Eagle Outside Festival has a lot of bike events at its core, trail runners are also represented with the Boneyard Boogie.

The Boneyard Boogie, presented by The Dusty Boot, is part of the La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Race Series. The 11K trail race starts at the bottom of Bellyache Road and finishes at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink facility. The event gets underway at 9 a.m.

Racers can register at the website. Preregistration cost is $30 and registration on race day is $40. Day-of registration is open from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Eagle Pool and Ice Rink and from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the ball fields parking lot.

The event after party will be at The Dusty Boot, Eagle Ranch at 11 a.m. and will include awards, a raffle and light brunch items. The after party is open to all Boneyard Boogie race participants. East West Resorts and Eagle Ranch Fitness Center are teaming up to provide a $150 cash prize to the fastest male and female runners.

Chro-Moly Chef Competition

For those who enjoy reality television shows that force competitors to cook, sew or design something from random ingredients, the Chro-Moly Chef Competition is the festivals don’t miss event.

“It’s a Frankenbike competition,” said McCormack.

In the months leading to the event, Jon Cummins and Jim Mires scour flea markets and swap meets to compile a horde of bike parts. When the event weekend rolls around, select teams from bike shops and brands across Colorado are presented with said parts and then given 90 minutes to construct a working cycle. When the bikes are built, it’s race time. Winning the race is just one component of victory. Each bike is judged by a panel of judges that grade each bike on construction, originality, race worthiness/results and aesthetics.

The event begins at 2 p.m. and Bonfire Brewing Company is the sponsor.

Lo-Fi Chainless DH

Going downhill is always more fun that going uphill when biking. This event celebrates that axiom.

Participants in the Lo-Fi Chainless DH will trek to the top of Mayer Gulch and either remove their bike chain or have it zip-tied so it’s inoperable. Then they head downhill.

“It’s an almost 100 percent roll from top to bottom,” said McCormack.

The event cost is $20, but the first 40 people to register will receive a complimentary Shram chain. Custom Street Swell award plaques will be presented to the top finishers.

For more information about the schedule of events, visit the website

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