Thanks for making Breck Bike Week 2010 a success |

Thanks for making Breck Bike Week 2010 a success

Byron Swezyowner, CBST Adventures

Cat and I would like to thank everyone involved with Breck Bike Week 2010. The team effort is why it was a huge success! Visitors and locals alike were treated to guided mountain bike rides, family events, kids’ races and more. The Expo located in Blue River Plaza was the hub of BBW with biking industry tents and demos, music, live Tour de France viewing and smiling BBW ambassadors. Jim Jimenez, of the Fat Tire Society, was the cornerstone of the concierge desk. Yeti, Rocky Mountain, Blue and Trek WSD were demoing their top-of-the-line bikes with additional demos offered by Avalanche Sports (Santa Cruz) and Peak 8 Sports (Trek). Thanks to Tim Assor, Todd Gold and Russ Folger of the Organic Mechanic as well as Alpine Sports, Carvers, Avalanche Sports, Peak 8 Sports and Elevation Sports for daily complimentary tech support and bike maintenance classes. On Monday, folks enjoyed guided rides organized by Scott Reid of the Town of Breck Trail Crew. Tuesday saw the Ripstoke Trials riders over at the Riverwalk Center, followed with a NRC-sponsored family-style cruiser ride and finished off with BRC-sponsored Movie Night featuring “The Triplets of Belleville.” On Wednesday, artist Jenn Cram of the Town of Breckenridge offered a guided off-road ride and that evening, Leslie Ross, of Babes in Backcountry, led a “Yoga for Bikers” class at Fuqua Livery Stables.Sen. Dan Gibbs presented a ‘Proclamation of the State’ to Mayor John Warner on Thursday, recognizing the town as a vibrant, sustainable cycling community. The Town of Breck Trail Crew built new free-ride features on the B-line. The day ended with a spirited Breckenridge cruiser ride and another BRC ‘ride-in’ movie night featuring ‘Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.’ On Friday, Babes in the Backcountry and the Town of Breck Trail Crew coordinated the Dirt Diva’s trail maintenance while other mountain bikers rode with Ellen Hollinshead of the Fat Tire Society and Heide Andersen of the Town of Breck. Kids enjoyed a free matinee at the Speakeasy Theater and Jeff Westcott of Maverick Sports saw a great turnout for the MTB Junior League ride while the little pedalers hit the pump track for the Shimano Youth Series Race. Thanks to Maverick Sports, CBST Adventures and the Heritage Alliance, the Carver’s Poker Ride and the Peek-A-Boo ‘Go Fish’ Ride started Saturday’s festivities, with the Poker Ride garnering around 80 riders! This event, facilitated by Elizabeth Miller of the NRC, culminated with an after-party and awards ceremony at Napper Tandy’s with free beer from New Belgium Brewery. Finally, on Sunday, the Organic Mechanic hosted a road ride while Mayor John Warner, along with Larissa O’Neil and Wendy Wolfe of the Heritage Alliance, led an informative off-road ride and discussion around French Gulch.We would like to thank the Town of Breckenridge, Mayor John Warner and Vanessa Agee for their participation. An extra special thanks goes out to Scott Fortner, Carly Grimes, Sally Croker and Heidi DeWitt for their vision and hard work that has put Breck Bike Week on the map. The annual Breckenridge Bike Week is a fabulous way to foster the spirit of community and the love of cycling. See you next year.

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