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Mountain bike, music festival set for Saturday in Eagle

Throwback is one of the local bands playing Saturday for the Haymaker Jam in Eagle. The event combines mountain bike racing with a music festival featuring local bands, and is a benefit for The Cycle Effect.
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The Haymaker Jam

For more information about the Haymaker Jam races or the bands, go to http://www.thecycleeffect.org.

EAGLE — The Haymaker Jam is sort of a benefit for The Cycle Effect, a local organization that insists if girls and women want to be on mountain bikes, nothing should keep them off.

Brett Donelson launched The Cycle Effect in 2010, successfully introducing many local girls to the sport, teaching them how to live healthy lifestyles and become strong, confident women.

Alan Chavis plays guitar and sings with Throwback, a local rock band. Chavis and some other local musicians wanted to have a music festival featuring local bands, but were told their preferred date would conflict with The Cycle Effect’s Haymaker fundraiser event.

Conflict, Chavis decided, is such an unfortunate mindset. Cooperation, however, is just what the world needs, and the Haymaker Jam was born.

“We decided, ‘Let’s make it into a mountain bike race and a music festival,’ Chavis said, and so they did.

The Haymaker Jam is a series of mountain bike races and a music festival. The racing runs Friday, Sept. 12 and all day Saturday, Sept. 13. The music starts at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Mombas, an all-female group of local working moms, and runs until 9 p.m. when Throwback winds things up.

The lineup includes The Mombas, Thumper, Hardscrabble, First Chair and Throwback

“All the bands are playing for free, to help the event and the Cycle Effect,” Chavis said.

The racing begins at 1 p.m. Saturday and runs all day, finishing with a night time race for adults.

The Cycle Effect

The event is a benefit for The Cycle Effect, a local charity whose mission is “to enhance the lives of young women through mountain biking and to empower them through mentoring and education.”

Donelson started The Cycle Effect because he’s passionate about mountain biking, and says kids should be able to participate in it, no matter what their background. None of them had ever mountain biked competitively, until they actually did it. Now they’ve become one of the valley’s biggest women’s mountain biking teams.

“They had never clipped into shoes before,” Donelson said. “The climb in their ability from the first day until now has been unbelievable, as we knew it would be.”

The kids ride top-of-the-line bikes and equipment, improving their fitness, and learning about nutritional opportunities.

“Mountain biking provided the means of these girls to escape the stresses of high school life and teach life-long skills,” Donelson said.

They’re expanding into Summit County and the goal is to be statewide soon, Donelson said. They’ve added personal and professional development programs designed to help the kids get ready for careers and college.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.


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