Colorado Eagle River Ride early deadline Saturday
Eagle County – The Fourth annual Vail Daily Colorado Eagle River Ride is July 24 and the early registration deadline is Saturday. The registration fee is $80 and after Saturday it goes up to $95.
“Riders receive a great value for the $80 registration fee,” said Arn Menconi, president of the Snowboard Outreach Society, “All the support and merchandise riders receive should please everyone.” Included in rider packets are a Voler jersey, Optic Nerve sunglasses, Rocky Mountain Sunscreen, and other goodies. The jerseys are available on the ride day for the first 300 registrants.This one-day, 100-mile ride goes through scenic, rural, Eagle County. It takes riders through parts of our county that people don’t often see. The route goes to Wolcott, State Bridge, McCoy, and then down the Colorado River Road to Dotsero and back to Beaver Creek. There are 100-kilometer and 42-mile options as well.
“This is a 100-mile road bike ride that is doable for every type of rider,” said Tony O’Rourke, executive director of the Beaver Creek Resort Company and rider for the previous three years. “It doesn’t have all the steep climbing of many Colorado 100 rides, and there is plenty of support for someone not sure if they can do it.” The ambassador for the ride this year will be former world mountain bike champion and adventure race champion Mike Kloser. There will be a pancake breakfast, a shuttle bus from Dotsero to Beaver Creek, Volvo V90 support vehicles, free ice cream served in Dotsero and an after-ride meal at Agave. Showers will be available for free at the Avon Recreation Center.
Last year, more than 450 riders participated in the event, and Menconi said, the number of riders have doubled each year. Proceeds from the ride will go toward Snowboard Outreach Society, a nonprofit organization that helps build character skills for youth at risk (www.sosoutreach.org). “We’re grateful to riders and sponsors who participate because it helps SOS serve more disadvantaged young people by giving them the opportunity to come to the mountains this winter and develop positive core values,” Menconi said. Participants can register online at http://www.vailvelo.com or by calling Menconi at 390-4844.Vail, Colorado