It’s early, but never too late to Help the Colorado Avalanche Information Center

CAIC Benefit Bash, November 8 5-10pm at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center

Join the Friends of the CAIC for the premier fundraising party of the season! There will be a huge silent auction to help you gear up. Great food and beverages will help fuel your adventures. Test your early-season conditioning by dancing to the band. This event will sell out, so get your tickets when they become available on the CAIC website.

First Frost, November 7 6:30-11:30pm at the Denver Press Club

First Frost is Denver’s premier winter kick-off event. Hosted at the historic Denver press club, First Frost is a celebration of the Colorado winter experience. Featuring winter images from the best photographers in the state, this formal evening benefits the educational, forecasting and informational programs of the Colorado avalanche information center as well as the preservation of the Press Club’s historic building and facilities.

Colorado Snow Avalanche Workshop

The 13th annual Colorado Snow Avalanche Workshop (CSAW) will take place on Friday, October 17. We are moving to a new, spacious venue at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center. We are inviting speakers from around Colorado and North America. This is a one-day professional development seminar for people working in avalanche safety to learn and discuss new ideas, techniques and technologies with their colleagues. The meeting is intended for ski patrollers, avalanche forecasters, road maintenance personnel, ski guides, avalanche education instructors, undergraduate and graduate students, and applied researchers, but the meeting is open to anyone.

Registration begins September 1, and will be $25 in advance and $40 at the door. Special lodging rates in and around Breckenridge will be available.

We will update the CSAW web page with the speaker list, registration links, and lodging rates by September 1. Check the page for the latest details:


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Insurance policies, you need to read yours and stay in touch with your agent to make sure your insurance is covering you

Several examples of popped up recently where insurance companies have altered their policies leaving the OR industry in the rain

Insurance companies do not change their policies mid-term. However they do make changes to policies and as the policies renew, those new policies incorporate the new changes.

Here is an example.

Traveler’s issues worker’s compensation policies for the cycling industry. Recently the Traveler’s worker’s compensation policy excludes from the policy employees who participate in employer (retailer) sanctioned rides.

In this case, that means that you may get a new question before your renewal or just a denial in the mail leaving you hunting for a new worker’s comp carrier.

Obviously, this is a problem for those retailers that have Travelers.    Most insurance carriers do NOT “willingly” insure the general liability for shops that have shop/group rides.

Shop rides are one of the best ways to attract new customers and retain current ones. Having your employees on these rides is super important as it is the easy way to “soft-sell” new product. Likely, your shop employee will be riding the latest-greatest bike and will be able to address any question about your product line. If the prospective customer has a good time on the ride, they will come back. The more a rider on a shop ride shows up, the more likely that rider will end up being a customer.

So, the insurance industry must feel this is a risky activity.  Yes, there are some increased risks. Making sure your employees do not take any unnecessary risks is important to mitigating the workers compensation exposure.

Do Something

Like attorneys, you need to find a good insurance broker who understands your industry. Your friend down the street maybe great, however it is the little things that can leave you hanging. The more advanced notice you have about possible non-renewals the better chance you will have at getting a good policy if that happens.

Better still is to find an agent who works in your industry and is ahead of the problems finding solutions and letting you know about the issues before you receive the letter in the mail.

Thanks to Scott Chapin who provided this tip. Scott is a broker that specializes in insuring bicycle retailers.  Scott can be reached at: or through his website.

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If you want a safer bicycle helmet get one with MIPS

Some people like doing crazy things. And that’s the way we want to keep it. By absorbing the damaging rotational violence from a n angled fall, MIPS Protection System makes great helmets even more protecting.
Spacer MIPS AB, the patented Multi-directional Impact Protection System, will be launched in more than 20 new helmet models this year alone. MIPS will be available in helmets across all categories including road, mountain, commuter, youth and women’s bike helmets from 661, Fox, Lazer, POC, Scott Sports, Smith Optics, Sweet Protection, Triple 8, and more.

“Much like how airbags became a safety standard in cars, we see MIPS as an equally important safety component in helmets,” says MIPS CEO Johan Thiel. “For 2015, we are pleased to add several new brand partners and to expand the product offering with some of our long-standing customers.”

The MIPS brain protection system reduces rotational forces on the brain caused by angled impacts to the head. In a MIPS helmet, the shell and liner are separated by a low friction layer that lets the helmet slide relative to the head during impact. The MIPS design was inspired by the cerebral spinal fluid surrounding the human brain, which allows it to slide inside the head on impact. MIPS mimics this protective mechanism by giving the helmet its own low-friction layer which also slides to absorb much of the energy created by an angled blow to the head.


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Win Jens Voigt’s 2014 Tour de France Bike!

Jens Voigt’s 2014 Tour de France Bike to be Given Away through USA Pro Challenge Tour Tracker Sweepstakes

Fan Favorite Giving Bike to Fans During Final Professional Race

Woodland Park, Colo. (Aug. 22, 2014) –Trek Factory Racing’s Jens Voigt (GER) will be giving away the bike he rode during the 2014 Tour de France through a sweepstakes on the 2014 USA Pro Challenge Tour Tracker mobile app. Fans will have a chance to collect a piece of professional cycling history as Voigt hangs up his jersey and retires from the sport following the Pro Challenge.

“Yep, the Pro Challenge is my last race. I still can’t believe it myself,” said Voigt. “I’ve been a cyclist for 33 years…that’s been the most constant part of my life. It’s going to be a big chunk that’s closing. There are going to be a lot of challenges coming my way. It was a good career. I had some great moments. I met some of the greatest people in the world. I am thankful for the sport of cycling and what it gave to me.”

To enter to win the Trek Madone Team Edition bike Voigt rode in the 2014 Tour de France, fans can download the free USA Pro Challenge Tour Tracker mobile app on iTunes and Google Play. Then, click on the “more” button at the bottom of the screen and complete the entry form.




Entries will be accepted starting today (Friday, Aug. 22) through Sunday, Aug. 24 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Applicants must be over 18 years of age and a legal resident of the U.S. to win. The winner will be selected and notified on September 2. For full rules and details, please log on to

“I think I have a pretty good fan base in the U.S. and it just felt right to end my career here in Colorado,” added Voigt. “I am a big fan of the idea that you are the master of your destiny. I want to stop in good condition and put on a show one more time…finish feeling good and strong, knowing that I squeezed every little bit out of me.

About the USA Pro Challenge

Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 18-24, 2014. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. One of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge continues to set records in professional cycling by taking the riders to unprecedented elevations. Featuring a challenging course, the fourth annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling and some of America’s most beautiful scenery. More information can be found online at and on Twitter at @USAProChallenge.


AORE Student Literary Award Call for Manuscripts

A friendly reminder, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) is inviting manuscript entries for the 2014 Outdoor Recreation and Education Student Literary Award for both graduate and undergraduate students. Winners receive a conference scholarship (in the form of a reimbursement). Selected manuscripts will be included in the 2014 Edited Papers (proceedings) of the AORE annual conference taking place November 12th – 14th in sunny Portland, Oregon.

Attached you will find the guidelines for submission. Manuscripts must be received no later than September 15th at 5pm PST. Please contact me at rjgagno with whatever questions you may have. Make it a great day!


Ryan Gagnon
Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant
Clemson University
Department of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Management
“Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anyone else.”

AORE Student Literary Award 2014 Guidelines.docx

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Altitude is more than you think. Even professional bike racers are worried about the altitude in Aspen

The conversation at the pre-race press conference and the press conference after stage one was the concern about the altitude.

Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team had this to say about the altitude

“I am by no means a pure sprinter, but this course is a bit of a slap in the face, what a tough way to start a stage race. It’s a really deceptive stage. It’s difficult to control and it’s really unpredictable. I’m still out of breath and it’s been more than an hour since the finish, and I was already at altitude to begin with.”

Alex Howes (USA) Team Garmin-Sharp

“I myself am a victim of the high altitude. It was pretty relaxed for the first third of the race, but that last lap really heated it up and it was just full gas from there on. You see a lot of punch and lift from riders toward the end, and that’s not really something you see at this kind of altitude. It’s pretty exciting to see that out here.”

Colorado Resident Kiel Reijnen Takes Stage 1 of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge

Crowds of Cheering Fans Lined the Streets of Downtown Aspen to Greet the Best Riders in the World

Aspen, Colo. (Aug. 18, 2014) – Set against the beautiful backdrop of Aspen and Snowmass, the 2014 USA Pro Challenge got off to an exciting start with a circuit race of three 22-miles laps that included 2,300 ft. of climbing per lap, creating an aggressive day of racing. Colorado Resident Kiel Reijnen (USA) of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team took home the stage win, which also puts him in the overall lead heading into the second day of racing.

“This stage was really exciting last year. It was a nail-biter and this year was the same,” said Reijnen. “The USA Pro Challenge is a huge goal for our team. Everyone is here watching and it’s really important to the team we do well here.”

In a close finish, Reijnen took the stage win, followed by Howes in second and Ben Hermans (BEL) of BMC Racing Team in third.

After the conclusion of the first stage of the USA Pro Challenge, Reijnen holds the Smashburger Leader Jersey, Lexus Sprint Jersey and, new for this year, the Colorado National Guard Best Colorado Rider Jersey . Jacques-Maynes has the Sierra Nevada King of the Mountains Jersey and Summerhill was awarded the FirstBank Most Aggressive Rider Jersey. Clement Chevrier (FRA) of Bissell Development Team has the Colorado State University Best Young Rider Jersey heading into Stage 2 tomorrow.

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