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Silverthorne kicks off a month of bicycle celebrations with new art work

Elise Reuter
ereuter@summitdaily.com

The streets of Silverthorne were filled with bikes Wednesday morning, as the town officially kicked off Cycle Silverthorne Month. The day started with a brand new piece of art commissioned by the town: a bike rack welded together by Snowy Peaks High School students.

"We're really excited about having this wonderful piece of art in the park," Silverthorne town manager Ryan Hyland said. "We would love to do this again."

The bike rack, which currently sits at North Pond Park, was repurposed from a rusted, 25-year-old pipe. Students welded it into three peaks to match Summit School District's new logo, representing each stage of education. It was such a success that the town plans to commission another one next year, to go in front of the future performing arts center.

"As you can see by this wonderful piece of art, our students were able to bring their passion for welding, explore something new and create something for the town," Snowy Peaks principal Jim Smith said. "For us to be able to give back to the town of Silverthorne, we appreciate that opportunity."

Originally commissioned by the town's SPORT (Silverthorne Parks, Open Space, Recreation and Trails) Committee, the effort was led by Greg Lathrop, who taught a welding class each Friday.

"It's an honor to work with these guys," he said. "They're creative and amazing and worked really hard."

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The team started the class in early January and put in about two months of hands-on work after selecting an idea and figuring out the logistics.

"This bike rack did not come easy," said Scott Egolf, a graduate of Snowy Peaks High School. "One way or another, we accomplished this goal as a team. I couldn't be happier with the end result."

The trick was working with the machine to smooth the piping to a shine, removing rust and other materials and get a nice, square base to keep the bike rack stable.

Paula Talco, a recently graduated senior from Snowy Peaks, hopes to turn her welding experience into a career. For her personal project with the school, she fashioned together a table, decorated with a red bicycle in the center.

"My goal next year is to go to Lincoln Tech in Dallas and get my welding certification," she said.

BIKING THROUGH JUNE

The ribbon cutting was just the beginning of bike-related activities for the month, with younger students across the street participating in a "bike rodeo" obstacle course at Silverthorne Elementary School. On Saturday, the Silverthorne Police Department will host their Safe Summer Kickoff event, handing out free bike helmets to kids and hosting a drawing for a few free bikes.

Other cycle-centric events include:

• June 6 & 27 — Yoga for Cyclists – 6 p.m. at the Silverthorne Recreation Center

• June 7 — Mountain Bike FUNdamentals – 6 p.m. at the Silverthorne Recreation Center. Registration is required; call (970) 262-7370 to sign-up. The cost is $18 for non-pass holders and $15 for pass holders or Rec Center employees.

• June 20-24 — Bike to Work Week. Silverthorne will join all of Summit County in celebrating Bike to Work Week. Area shops and restaurants including Pearl Izumi, Red Buffalo Coffee & Tea and Baker's Brewery are offering special discounts for those participating in Bike to Work week.

• June 22 — Bikes, Burgers, Beers and a Band – 5-7 p.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Celebrate Cycle Silverthorne Month with an exciting evening of prizes, live music, delicious food and cold beer. Admission is $5 per person.