Eagle Outside Festival

by Brian Mullin on January 23, 2014

Eagle Outside Festival and Firebird 40 Announce Dates

Uncommon Communications
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
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 prior to giving one its forever home.
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” dispensed to all attending brands, this year’s expo promises to
double in size.

The Firebird 40(…ish)
Wells and Amanda Carey claimed 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

Additional Activities
Opening the
weekend for the running crowd is the Vail Rec District’s Boneyard Boogie
trail 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 incredibly 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.
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.

For more information about the Eagle Outside Festival, please visit www.EagleOutsideFestival.com. To reserve expo space, please fill out the handy online form located HERE.

About Eagle
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
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. Specializing in the cycling
industry, 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.

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