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Vail Daily column: Cycling event was a big success

Richard tenBraakVail, CO

Well, we hit the proverbial home run last week. If you have been hiding out some place, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge was in town, and what an event it was. I’ve heard estimates that there were in excess of 28,000 in and around Vail last Thursday for the race. Almost makes you wonder how the cyclists got through the crowds. And if you watched any of the finishes on TV, it almost looked like the cyclists wouldn’t make it to the finish line with all the fans lining the end of the race course.I think one of the best comments came from the two TV announcers, Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen who were covering Stage 3 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Vail.”This is an incredible atmosphere,” Liggett said.”That’s and understatement,” Sherwen said. “Yesterday, I thought the most exciting day of the tour was going to be going into Aspen. In Vail, it’s incredible, it’s electric, it’s party time!”Way to go Vail, Avon, and all of Eagle County. Isn’t this a great place we live in? And isn’t it always party time?This weekend promises to be another exciting one, too. We have the Rotary annual Rubber Duck Race taking place on Sunday, Gourmet on Gore taking place all weekend and the weekly Vail Farmers Market on Sunday, as well.The internationally famous Vail Rotary Club annual Duck Race will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the International Bridge. If you have never seen or participated in watching over 12,000 rubber ducks invade Gore Creek, well, now’s your chance. To adopt a duck or find out more about the duck race or Rotary, go to duckracevail.comThe annual Gourmet on Gore will be taking place Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Gore Creek Drive and Bridge Street. This annual event will include food and beverage samplings along with a free music concert by the Summit Jazz and a Open House Tour of properties by Slifer Smith and Frampton Real Estate. For a complete schedule of activities and time, go to Sunday during the summer until Sept. 18 is the Vail Farmers Market. With over 100 vendors, the Vail Farmers Market proves itself as the Rocky Mountain market. Starting at 10 a.m. and going until 3 p.m., you can get tasty treats and shop hand-crafted goods until your heart is content. Have a safe and enjoy Labor Day weekend, and I’ll be seeing you in Vail!Stay involved and stay informed. If you are not already receiving the VCBA weekly e-newsletter, all you need to do is email us at to start receiving it.The Vail Chamber and Business Association is the leading business advocacy group in Vail and is a communications outlet for businesses that want to have a voice in community affairs. If you are interested in finding out more about the Vail Chamber and Business Association and what we have to offer to business in and that do business in Vail, please contact us at 970-477-0075 or email Based in Vail Village, our office is located on the top level of the Vail transportation center and our doors are open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Stop by and say hello!Richard tenBraak is executive director of the Vail Chamber & Business Association

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