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Biking & barbecuing

May Eynon

Summer pals Stian Davenport, Colt Whitley and Chloe Brettmann. May Eynon photo.

About a dozen mountain bikers hit the trail last weekend, circumnavigating Old Snowmass via Sopris Creek Road and Hay Park’s singletrack route. Chris and Jesse Davenport organized the outing that left from their house in Old Snowmass’ Little Elk Creek neighborhood and wound around the base of Mount Sopris.”Hay Park trail is considered by some to be one of the best rides in the valley,” noted Chris on the E-vite sent to friends and families beforehand.

Most members of the group rode the entire 30-mile loop, though a handful of bikers opted for a shuttle to Dinkle Lake. (Accepting a lift to the Hay Park trailhead easily shaved an hour off the overall tour.)Creek crossings, downed Aspen trees, insect-infested sections and unrelenting heat were some of the factors with which riders were faced. Regardless, all persevered and arrived back at the Davenport compound within a reasonable time.Another 30 or more guests took part in the post-ride barbecue only, which swelled in size and energy level as families arrived throughout the afternoon. While kids played in the sandbox, jumped on the trampoline and ran around the lawn, adults enjoyed margaritas, grilled chicken and various salads from the buffet.”We have to give props to Jesse and Chris, who kept everything so together today,” said one of the guests at the party. “They’re great parents to their kids and good friends to all of us.”To contact May to send info, insights or invites, e-mail allthewaymaymay@hotmail.com