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ECO Trails announces the 2011 Commuter of the Year

Contact:  Ellie Caryl, ECO Trails Manager, 328-3523, 

commuter of the year 2011

Eric Hermann of Vail doesn’t even think about “maybe I’ll ride my bike to work”, he just does it without a second thought, every work day of the year. Hermann is this year’s ECO Trails Commuter of the Year award winner, an annual contest hosted by the ECO Trails Committee, made up of citizen volunteers from throughout the Eagle Valley.

Hermann is a resident of Vail since 1984, and has worked for Vail Resorts most of that time, now based at Eagle’s Nest up on the mountain. “I ride from my house to Lionshead and then I hop on the gondola.” said Hermann. Winter, spring, summer, fall, he takes the bike to work, and last year put 3,500 miles on his road bike, 800 on his mountain bike and just 3,000 miles on his car. The national average for annual miles on a car is about 12,500. Hermann drove to work one day last year because he had to bring some gear for a race.

Hermann’s bike-to-work habit started back in the 80’s and he started the daily riding in the mid-1990’s. “I enjoy the ride to work as a way to start my day.” He has to be at work at 7:00 a.m. so winter mornings can be a challenge but Hermann has mastered the drill to get ready and go. Hermann’s bike is outfitted with fenders, lights, bell, reflectors and he always wears a helmet. When he’s not riding a bike, he’s moving fast on foot. Hermann is a frequent competitor in the Vail Recreation District’s annual running race series.

Hermann joins other committed and impressive past Commuters of the Year including Dawes Wilson, Brendan Finneran, Mike Janelle, Leslie Kehmeier, Jeff Mohrman and Tim Carlson.

This year’s other nominees included:

• Brandi Resa walks or bikes to the bus stop in Eagle, rides to Wolcott and then walks to work on the other side of Wolcott from the bus stop, featuring safety vest and reflectors in all weather. Brandi’s commitment to walking part of her commute helps her to stay fit and ready to compete in ultra runs, including the Leadville 100.

• Frederica Goldberg walks daily to Beaver Creek, all year for 2.5 miles uphill from Avon, racking up a commuting elevation gain of 1,000 feet. Her nominators were impressed that she can manage having young kids at home, working and walking uphill for miles to work.

• Scott Fleming rides from home to work in Eagle every day he can, and ironically one of the few days he didn’t ride was to help out and haul items for the Bike to Work Day station in Eagle. Scott is always biking to work, from work, during lunch, after work.

• Greg Schroeder also rides from home to work in Eagle, in all types of weather and usually on his Xtracycle, a bike with a gear hauling extension on the back. Greg made a lasting impression when he rode his Xtracycle bike in the Eagle Christmas parade dressed as elf, with Santa on the back of the bike.

• Trish Ross was nominated for her year round efforts to ride from home to work in Eagle. Trish is also a recreational cyclist and enjoys riding in other areas of Colorado.

• Trenny McElwain lives and ride to work Gypsum nearly all the year round. Trenny enjoys getting around by bike and rides up and down hills, and in all weather. Her nominator was impressed that she just “keeps on riding” all year.