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Ultra (100) success

Arn Menconi

Now that endurance racing has become commonplace in our culture, it is fantastic to see your production’s continued enhancement. It’s awesome to see a local group of friends taking their University of Denver MBA project from vision to such great success.Thank you for bringing mountain bikers from around the globe to our local area. As each year the race gets better, I get more humbled by the miles and climbing.One suggestion, can you abandon the cut-off time at 3:05 p.m. and just make me the cut-off rider at 4 Eagle? I’d like to age gracefully along with your event. Till next year, Forza Italia! Viva Ultra 100!Arn MenconiAvonDaunting challengeThe mission of the Eagle Valley Land Trust is quite simply to preserve and enhance open space in Eagle County. We undertake this daunting challenge because open space is an “endangered species” in this region (witness the march of development along the I-70 corridor). Community support is vital to our ability to achieve this objective and the outpouring of support at the recent SHINDIG underscored the community’s belief that we are doing something important.Thanks to our title sponsor, The Vail Daily, for tremendous publicity of the event that was attended by over 180 guests, whom we thank for your time and interest. Thanks to Red Sky Ranch for hosting the event and to Warner Jayson and Suzanne Gerdis for their incredible efforts that made it a truly first-class evening. Thanks to our underwriters East-West Partners, Slifer Smith & Frampton, Diamond S Ranch, Eagle Springs Golf Club, FirstBank, Booth Creek Ski Holdings, and Midwest Distributing for defraying the costs of the event itself.Thanks to Land Trust board members Bob Gardner and Kelly Bronfman, who spearheaded the event, along with honorary committee members Sam Bronfman, Beth Gardner, Abbe and Adam Aron, Pam and Richard Bard, Leni and Peter May, and Shelly and Martin White.A special thanks to Lee Kirch and the Golden Bear for the stunning golden bear that was our one-in-a-hundred prize. Other donating items for the boxes were Larkspur Restaurant, Fiesta’s Mexican Cafe and Cantina, Starbucks, Montauk, the Blue Moose, On the Fly, and the Beaver Creek Chop House.The silent auction generated over $9,700, highlighted by a ski pass from Vail Resorts, VIP tour of Universal Studios and lodging at the Universal Sheraton Hotel, a weekend in Telluride compliments of Booth Creek Ski Holdings, and an original painting by Alison Rieder (donated anonymously). Other items were generously provided by Gorsuch, Minturn Country Club, Tastefully Simple, the Gashouse, Gore Range Brewery, Rock Property Services Inc., Alpinista, Paint N’ Plate, Village Market, Mendi Crane, Helga & Russell Rice, Le Petit Skier, Castle Peak Automotive, Cordillera, Erica Webster, Roxy’s, and Gore Range Natural Science School.Thanks also to Beaver Creek Golf Club, the Golden Eagle Restaurant, Artelana, “Hawk” Greenway, Kelly & Sam Bronfman, Castle Peak Veterinary Clinic, Allegria Spa, Surefoot, Overland & Express Travel, Just Us Gardeners, Red Sky Ranch (golf course), 10th Mountain Division Hut System, and Planet Earth.Additionally our thanks go to the Beaver Creek Hiking Center, LaTour Restaurant, Beaver Creek Kids’ Camp, George Sinnott, Diana Cecala, Joe Macy, Tom Steinberg, Gorsuch Outfitters, Christy’s Sports, James Harding DDS, Beano’s, Scott Ryles, and Beaver Creek Sports.Volunteers are essential to the success of any event and accordingly we want to thank our volunteers extraordinaire Jennifer Scroggins, Susie Davis, Becky Puhl, Kelly Ramsey, Steve Ramsey and Kim Bradley. Thanks also to EVLT staffer Tawlys Tonso for the many, many hours she put into this event.Because of so much support from so many people, The SHINDIG netted over $25,000 that will be invested in our land protection efforts. With such incredible support, we are confident that we can make a positive difference in preserving wildlife habitat, watersheds and the Western heritage that define our community.Cindy CohagenExecutive DirectorEagle Valley Land TrustSharing the trialHad my first encounter with dirt bikes while riding horseback Sunday. I’m new to the horse world – six weeks new to be exact. The trails I’ve been exploring are also used by ATVs and bikes, both gas- and leg-powered. Until yesterday I had not crossed paths with any non-horse toys.My daughter-in-law and I were several miles into the hills south of Gypsum when we heard motors in the distance. Before we realized just how close they were, a dirt bike rounded a turn at the top of a hill just a few hundred yards ahead of us. To my surprise, the rider killed his motor immediately and coasted to stop.He let us know one more was behind him, and sure enough, moments later, his partner topped the hill. He also killed the bike and joined his buddy. Wow!!We tried to coax the horses past them, but they didn’t trust these multicolored, faceless heads, quiet or not. Needless to say, we had to ride down the side hill, away from the path. The boys – teens, I believe – waited for our signal before starting their bikes back up and riding, slowly, on up the trail, and out of sight. They will probably never know how grateful we were. (Saddle bronc riding is not a skill I intend to aquire any time soon.) “Share the trail” is really practiced. At least it was Sunday in Gypsum.Janet Bagley

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