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Kick off summer with cruisers in Eagle

Caramie Schnell
cschnell@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyEagle residents Linda Garrett and Lisa Schober share a laugh outside The Dusty Boot in Eagle during the One Eagle Bicycle Pub Crawl last year
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EAGLE, Colorado –The Cruiser Pub Crawl taking place in Eagle Saturday isn’t just about bikes and beers. Some participants take pride in getting decked out in crazy costumes, too.

Take for instance Eagle resident Cody Downard, who dressed up with his wife Colleen for last year’s inaugural event.

“I was sort of like a mullet-wearing, Hawaiian shirt, short jean shorts kind of guy, with bad sunglasses and a beard,” he said, laughing. “Kind of an ’80s Jimmy Buffet gone wrong.”



And as for what the Downards will be wearing this year, it’s anyone’s guess.

“Let’s keep it a surprise,” he said.



The event, put on by One Eagle, signals the start of summer, at least that’s what organizers are hoping for.

“Yes, I hope the weather holds out,” said Tara Picklo, owner of Yeti’s Grind in Eagle.

Last year’s event drew 250 people, much more than organizers had anticipated.



“It turned out to be a really big, crazy event,” Picklo said. “It was a lot of fun for the community and people were talking about it for months afterwards, which is why we decided to do it again.”

Quite a few people from Vail, Minturn, Avon and Edwards showed up in Eagle for the event last year, Downard said.

“They threw their bikes in the back of pickups and showed up for the festivities,” he said. “It just brings everyone together, on a nice summer’s day – hopefully – to enjoy the bike-friendly town we all live in.”

Event registration begins at 3:30 p.m. at Broadway Liquors. Cost is $5 for One Eagle members and $10 for everyone else. You can also sign up in advance at Yeti’s Grind or Everyday Outfitters, both in Eagle.

There will be drink specials at the bars for registered pub crawlers, Picklo said.

“Each bar is doing something different, so there will be lots of options,” she said. “I know Grand Avenue Grill is doing margaritas, a beer special and Red Bull and vodkas.”

Each stop on the pub crawl will also host a contest. Winners will receive a gift certificate from the respective restaurant or bar. Each person that registers for the crawl will be entered to win a cruiser bike from Mountain Pedaler, which will be given away at the last stop on the crawl, the Brush Creek Saloon.

“It’s a Felt Cruiser that’s all black with wood grain. It’s really nice and it’s a good brand. It retails for close to $600,” Picklo said.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

http://www.oneeagle.org


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