Long ride, good cause, free jersey | VailDaily.com

Long ride, good cause, free jersey

Ryan Slabaugh

While last year’s ride mocked the Tour de France with a trip to Eagle and back, this year’s ride should be a breeze for anyone willing to sit on a road bike between four and eight hours.

“I’ve ridden the course twice so far this year,” organizer and Eagle Valley county commissioner Arn Menconi said. “The main message to get out is there’s a 20-mile dirt road that’s definitely suitable for road bikes.”

The riders will be gaining more than 3,000 feet of elevation, but the effort will help area teens and teen organizations.

Pre-registration costs $70 and is available online at http://www.eagleyouth.org/bike, or by calling the Snowboard Outreach Society at (970) 845-7040. Walk-up pre-registration will be on Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p..m. at Pedal Power Bike Shop in Eagle-Vail and will continue Sunday from 6-7 a.m. at the Beaver Creek East Day parking lot. Registration Sunday costs $90.

“If someone’s interested but not sure, I say go out and ride it,” Menconi said. “Be comfortable riding at least 50-60 miles. We have the Colorado State Sheriffs Office leading us and the most important thing is, after people have done the race once, they’ll know why people call it one of their favorite loops in the state.”

Four aid stations will be available along the route, stocked with cycling food, water and medical and mechanical support. The fee includes a Colorado Eagle River Ride jersey, aid stations, light snacks and drinks, and a post-party meal and drink ticket at Rendezvous Bar and Grill.

“We’re expecting about 250 riders and to raise about $5,000,” Menconi said.

Riders are required to wear ANSI or SNELL approved helmets. Vail’s Mike Kloser, former World Cup Mountain Bike Champion and three-time Eco-Challenge winner, will be the ambassador of the ride.

Eagle River Ride

What: A 100-mile bike ride

Who: Sponsored by the Eagle River Youth Coalition

When: July 28 at 7 a.m.

Where: Starts and finishes at the Beaver Creek East Lot

Cost: $70 for pre-registration, $90 on the day of the race

Contact: http://www.eagleyouth.org/bike or (970) 845-7040

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