January 7, 2014 (Eagle, Colo.)– Organizers of the Eagle Outside Festival and Firebird 40 are pleased to formally announce May 17-18 as the event’s official weekend. Headlining the 6th annual festival are Saturday’s Firebird 40 and the weekend-long Rocky Mountain Bike and Outdoor Expo.
“When we assumed ownership of the festival last year our goal was to create an event that added something significant not just to Eagle, but to the greater Rocky Mountain riding and running communities,” offers event organizer Mike McCormack, “Friendly people, attention to detail, low prices and a truly amazing selection of brands, trails and activities made last year a great value and a lot of fun. With the additions we’ve made for 2014 and our easy accessibility from the Front Range, I believe we’ve created a must-do event that serves as the kickoff to the high country riding and running season.”
- Rocky Mountain Bike and Outdoor Expo - Riders eager to pit Switch technology against the DW Link or those simply
burning to test the newest crop of 650B enduro battering rams will find the
Eagle Outside Festival the perfect early season opportunity to see and ride the
latest and greatest. Multiple hour-long
MTB mini-jam sessions for all abilities lay within easy riding distance of the
venue and maps leading riders to each are provided at no charge. Last year’s expo
featured over 30 industry leading brands including Santa Cruz, Specialized, Scott
USA, Felt, Pivot Cycles, BMC, Ellsworth, Ibis, Niner, KHS, Rocky Mountain, Intense,
Orbea, Sidi, and Ergon among many others. With deeply discounted room rates for
attendees plus generous amounts of flat parking for rigs, inexpensive expo fees
and handsome allotments of our signature “Boot Bucks” meal plan cards dispensed to all
attending brands, this year’s expo promises to double in size.
- The Firebird 40(…ish) - Todd Wells and Grethchen Reeves claimed victory in 2013 when the inaugural Firebird 40 presented riders with a
multi-loop format packed with ridiculous amounts of swoopy, sage-lined, ‘hoot-and-holler’
singletrack along its 9-mile circuit. 2014 turns up the gas a notch – we’ve
laid out a single large backcountry loop that will take riders on a tour of
Eagle’s hidden secrets, then finish on the previously mentioned singletrack
luge run. Multiple distances are available and a non-competitive touring option
provides enthusiasts access to all aid stations and on-course support.
Registration opens this Friday at PreRace.com for a limited field of 350.
- Additional Activities - Opening the weekend for the running crowd is the Vail Rec District’s Boneyard Boogie La Sportiva Trail Running Series race while the Mother of a Half road half-marathon makes its return on Sunday. Also on Sunday, Street Swell’s Franken-bike-a-thon, the Chromoly Chef competition places local shop owners and mechanics against each other with only a tent full of random bike parts between them. This spectator-friendly event requires each team to craft (and then race!) a fully rideable bike from what might be charitably described as not much more that spit and baling wire.
Event attendees will also be treated to a free skills course courtesy of the Hardscrabble Trail Coalition and Mountain Pedaler as well as great live music throughout the weekend. For women just getting their cycling feet wet, we offer the incredible Rippin’ Chix Mountain Bike Skills Camp hosted by world-renowned skier, cyclist and all-around athlete Allison Gannett. While the expo is free, Allison’s camps are $50 per person and space is limited.
About Eagle - Just 90 minutes from the Front Range, Eagle’s tremendous weather and a sprawling interconnected singletrack trail network make it one of Colorado’s hidden mountain biking secrets. The Eagle Outside Festival, located in scenic downtown Eagle Ranch amid multiple dining and entertainment options, is once again free to consumers. It offers a wide variety of competitive and non-competitive activities for cyclists, runners and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.
About Uncommon Communications - Based in Eagle, Colorado, Uncommon Communications is a full service media relations, event promotion and social media management agency headed by cycling industry veteran Mike McCormack. Uncommon currently represents Drift Innovations, Ortlieb, ERGON USA, Chamois Butt’r, Rolf Prima and Enduro Bites. In addition to the Eagle Outside Festival, Uncommon’s event division, The Greenspeed Project, oversees the Breck Epic MTB Stage Race, the Bailey Hundo and the Wilderness B – Wilderness with Bikes movement.