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Vail Daily letter: Great support in Eagle

The outpouring of support displayed by the town of Eagle for the 2015 Colorado League race series was phenomenal, once again! We hosted two races, including the state championship, and the annual Coaches Summit in Eagle. The town of Eagle continues to be a “gold standard” host community. This year they provided a warm welcome to 866 student-athletes representing 54 teams from Casper, Wyoming, to Taos, New Mexico.

A huge heartfelt “thank you” is sent to all the people and businesses that went above and beyond to make the Colorado League feel appreciated and valued as guests. The extraordinary effort to prepare for the state championship weekend was duly noted by our members from signage, welcome, banners, parking attendants, trail maintenance and active engagement by local businesses. Amy Cassidy, town of Eagle marketing and events coordinator, organized this exceptional level of hospitality.

The additional Extra Credit section of trail built was well received by the racers and the course was in tip-top shape thanks to the efforts of Open Space Coordinator John Staight, Mayor Yuri Kostick, Momentum Trail Concepts, Hardscrabble Trail Coalition, Chris Cook, and the local Battle Mountain and Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy teams. The end-of-season celebration hosted by Roadhouse Hospitality’s Dusty Boot was sensational. Their staff, led by PJ Berg, rolled out the red carpet for our hungry crew. We greatly appreciate the many volunteer hours devoted by local residents throughout the season. The energy during race weekends was electric and the feedback on this race venue course remains positive!

The extraordinary partnerships that have occurred from this community over the past three years continue to deliver an extraordinary race experience for the inspiring student-athletes and coaches. We are indebted to the vision and hard work of the Eagle Board of Trustees, Mayor Yuri Kostick, Open Space Coordinator John Staight, Chris Cook, Scot Turnipseed and Marketing and Events Coordinator Amy Cassidy that initially brought a Colorado League event to the area. This incredible foresight combined with the Haymeadow landowners’ willingness to grant an easement to the property continues to make the town of Eagle the best choice for our state championship weekend. The local media interest in the program is a big boost to our mission to creating champions on and off the bike.

This level of effort and collaboration remains unprecedented in the history of the Colorado League series and clearly demonstrates the willingness of people in Eagle to embrace mountain biking and family-friendly recreational opportunities. The ever-expanding trail system continues to bring well-deserved notoriety to Eagle. Congratulations for setting a high standard on how a community works together to bring our events to an area.

Bravo, Eagle, for stepping up!

Warmest regards and happy trails,

Kate Rau

Director, Colorado High School Cycling League