Get ready for the Colorado River Ride
EAGLE County – Cyclists are gearing up for the Fourth annual Vail Daily Colorado Eagle River Ride on July 24.Registration numbers are double what they were this time last year and there is still plenty of room on the roster. Register at http://www.vailvelo.com or stop by your favorite local bike shop.
“There are so many reasons to do this ride,” said Arn Menconi, president of the Snowboard Outreach Society. “It is a lot of fun, and also a challenge with great support and aid. Riders see the rural beauty of Eagle County and meet new people, they get nice products from our sponsors, and all the proceeds go to character education programs for SOS youth. Two-hundred-fifty people have registered so far, and we encourage people to register themselves and a friend this week to help us continue to grow this super event.” The ride day starts with a pancake breakfast provided by Beaver Creek. There are four official aid stations. Rider support is provided throughout this scenic ride, and the day ends with a party at Agave and a keg of O’Dells local Colorado brew. Riders also receive an official Vail Daily Jersey and Optic Nerve Sunglasses. And showers will be available for free at the Avon Recreation Center.
The ride takes participants on a 100-mile (or 100-kilometer and 42-mile options) course from the start/finish line at Beaver Creek Resort’s East Parking Lot to Wolcott up U.S. Highway 131, then to Colorado River Road. The route turns west onto a dirt road, suitable for any road bike, to Dotsero.At the confluence of the Colorado and Eagle Rivers, riders will pick up U.S. Highway 6 and ride east back to Beaver Creek, following the Eagle River. The 100K riders can end the ride in Dotsero and Beaver Creek’s small busses will carry them and their bikes back to the start. Or the 42-mile option is out to Eagle and back.The ambassador for the ride this year will be former World Mountain Bike Champion and Adventure Race champion Mike Kloser.
Last year, more than 450 riders participated in the event, and Menconi said, the ride is expected to exceed those numbers this year. Proceeds from the ride will go toward Snowboard Outreach Society, a nonprofit organization that helps build character skills for youth at risk.Participants can register online at http://www.vailvelo.com. For more information, call Arn Menconi at 390-4844.Vail, Colorado