December 26, 2005
KEYSTONE – Has the spirit of Bam Margera, the pro skateboarder known for building a skate ramp in his mother’s living room, entered Keystone?One night a week, Parrot Eyes in River Run sets up a ramp and course inside the bar/restaurant for Wednesday Night Trike Night time trials. The Trek Trikesters tricycles, which were purchased for the restaurant for fun a few years ago, are now living up to their full potential. Assistant manager and idea man Bob Cope hosts the event which times participants riding a tricycle starting near one end of the bar and through a series of obstacles to the finish line. He said the idea emerged on a slow night at the restaurant.”It was preseason and we were about to close at 8 p.m. because it was just me and the bartender,” he said. “Then these three guys from Colorado Springs came in. They were there to have fun and since it was their last night in town and we were the only place open, we stayed open for them and had some fun.”He told the guys he would set up an obstacle course for the three of them to race and whoever won, Cope would buy a beer. They agreed and Wednesday Night Trike Night was born. A participant begins at the start line, travels around a table, chugs a beer and circles the table again. Then the rider makes their way through the restaurant and over a rumble strip made from a scrunched up floor mat. After a chug station, the rider takes a ramp onto the stage and down another ramp. Then the rider heads around a barbershop chair a couple times before heading back – wait, one more chug station – to the finish line. As the event has become more popular and more people have been at the resort, Cope’s time trials have grown to include a drinking and nondrinking course. The nondrinking course just leaves out the chug stations; however, he said, sometimes adults want to chug for their kids. Fouls in the race, according to Keystone employee and two-time Trike Night champion Cary Champagne, include spilling beer, not finishing a beer at a chug station, knocking something over or using your feet on the ground.”There’s no drinking and driving – you must finish your beer before you go again,” Champagne said of another violation on the course. A penalty adds one second to your time.Prizes for first, second and third fastest times include T-shirts, hats, backpacks and anything sponsors give Parrot Eyes, Cope said. The races are scheduled to begin at 10 p.m., but are subject to change. He said the start time, “depends on when the dinner crowd slows down and the race crowd hypes up.”Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 669-3998 ext. 13622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.