High Altitude Society: Vail Valley Vixens Club celebrate successful cycling season
High Altitude Society
Recently, a group of intrepid cyclists gathered together at Hovey & Harrison eatery in Edwards to celebrate camaraderie, cycling of all sorts and a great season in the saddle with tasty food and drinks.
The Vail Valley Vixens Club board of directors, including Celynn McClarrinon, organized the get-together for the cyclists to share stories, celebrate triumphs, plan for next year’s rides and share the goals that they have set for themselves for the upcoming riding season. Some of the riders have put their bikes away for the season and will swap them out for skis or snowboards soon.
It was great to see some familiar faces in the crowd and I am committed to joining the group in the spring. They have a Tuesday morning ride where they all meet at Freedom Park and start their journey from there to wherever it takes them. They have a calendar of events and have special events listed on their website.
New members are always welcome. They do a lot of road biking along U.S. Highway 6 and up the different drainages including toward 4 Eagle Ranch. They also do big climbs such as up Bellyache Ridge, the Leadville Loop and Vail Pass. There are beginner, intermediate and advanced rides.
Ready to Roll
Heather Krauss is pretty new to the Vail Valley but has already emerged as one of the strong members of the Vail Valley Vixens.
“I moved out here about a year ago from California and I had organized a couple of women’s cycling clubs there and then I looked online for a club in Vail and saw the Vail Valley Vixens and got involved when I moved out here,” Heather Krauss said. “I also teach skiing adult private ski lessons in Beaver Creek.”
Vail Valley Vixens is a women’s cycling club ready to roll out with all types of rides: road, mountain, cruiser, social events and unique opportunities to experience the local community. They offer skills clinics and trips as well, from May through October. They know how to have fun on two wheels.
McClarrinon thanked her 2017 Vixen sponsors including Venture Sports, Vail Brewing Co., Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea, The Bookworm of Edwards and Bang’lz Hair Salon. They also support The Cycle Effect as their nonprofit partner whose mission is to enhance the lives of young women through mountain biking and to empower them through mentoring and education.
For more information, visit http://www.VailValleyVixens.com.
Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at Bettyannw6@ gmail.com.
Paul Cuthbertson set out by himself around 3 p.m. Friday from the trailhead that leads up to the Polar Star Inn, according to his father, Mike, but never made it to the popular backcountry hut as a late-spring snowstorm moved in.