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Mountain Bike Specialists receives “America’s Best Bike Shops Award for 2014
September 24, 2014
Mountain Bike Specialists was chosen as one of “America’s Best Bike Shops” by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. The bicycle shops were judged on their community outreach, advocacy outreach, overall professionalism, and industry involvement.
In addition to a stringent written evaluation, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News sent a “secret shopper” to Durango. The “secret shopper” reviewed the Mountain Bike Specialists website and response to an email inquiry, as well as critiqued a telephone conversation with the store. The cleanliness of the building was judged, along with the bathrooms, the visual appearance of the store, the creativity of the displays, check out procedures, signage and background music. The employees were judged on their greeting, accessibility, responsiveness and welcoming attitudes. The final assessment on; understood the needs of the customer, listening skills, presentation skills, product knowledge, handling objectives, securing the sale and thanking the customers.
Being recognized as one of “America’s Best Bike Shops” is an honor. It reflects the commitment of ownership and staff to maintain the tradition of 45 years of excellence in serving the Durango bike community. In my time with MBS the expertise of our staff, and mix of brands represented has never been better. And lastly the loyalty of our Durango customers is what really made this award possible.
Mountain Bike Specialists is the premier bike shop in the four corners area. In addition to offering outstanding product lines—Specialized, Santa Cruz and Niner, MBS has created a historical in-house cycling museum to celebrate Durango as the home and inspiration to many great cyclists.
City hopes plan with bike parking goes off with a hitch
You need to check this out. On the north side of Seventh Street between East Second and Main avenues, there’s a parking meter with some sort of new sculpture thing attached to the post. It’s a circle with a bike and the words “Durango” in an arc. Is this the city’s attempt to put “art” into the “smart” meters? – Jon
JENNAYE DERGE/Durango Herald
The city is putting beige parking-meter “hitches” that will replace those green upside-down U-shaped things bolted into the sidewalk. Most of the hitches will be put in place in March.
What you discovered is definitely related to parking. But not for cars. Meet the city’s new bike rack.
Beige parking-meter “hitches” will replace those green upside-down U-shaped things that are bolted into the sidewalk.
The bike hitch in front the Keller Williams office is the first of 160 that will be installed throughout downtown. Look for conversion project to commence around the end of March. Read more..
Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Durango to Silverton Road Race and Tour going fast.
Durango, CO—Iron Horse Bicycle Classic opened direct registration on Tuesday December 3 at 9:00 a.m. and by 7:00 p.m. all the spots for both events from Durango to Silverton – the road race and tour – were sold out. The last remaining openings for the Iron Horse tour are available through our charity partners, whose links are on the Iron Horse website.
Saturday road events currently open for registration on the Iron Horse website are the Quarter Horse and the Mountain Horse, which is a new event from DMR to Silverton. The Iron Horse Tour can still be entered only through Livestrong Foundation, Fort Lewis Road Scholars Program, or the Davis Phinney Foundation charity ride options.
“Close to 2500 cyclists will be able mark the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic off their bucket list. This is possible because of all the community support, volunteer efforts, and passionate cyclists over the past 42 years. We are lucky to have such a sustainable and exciting event that benefits all aspects of our local communities.” said Iron Horse founder Ed Zink.
“The Iron Horse truly is one of the few – if not the only cycling event – that could and does sell out. The ride from Durango to Silverton is epic and a life achievement. BUT it is only part of the larger event – many events still are open for registration including the several shorter distance road tours, the mountain bike cross country race, and the exciting Sunday downtown events.” said Executive Director Jeff Frost.
The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic three-day event, to be held May 24-26, 2014, will mark the 43th anniversary of Colorado’s largest, oldest and most renowned cycling event. In addition to being an early season economic stimulation for the tourism industry, several local charities and cycling programs receive proceeds from the not-for-profit event.
The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic was the brain child of Tom Mayer and his older brother Jim. Jim worked as a brakeman on the D & R G W railroad which had run the steam powered locomotive between Durango and Silverton since the 1880's. Tom was a young bicycle enthusiast who grew up alongside the tracks to Silverton.
Tom challenged Jim to a race to Silverton. As the train came by the house, the steam whistle screamed and Tom climbed on his trusty steel framed 10 speed and pedaled up over the rim of the old volcano and descended into the caldera to the mining town of Silverton.
Last year 4000 cyclists from 44 states, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Germany traveled to Durango for the festivities. Event Registration is still open - check out www.ironhorsebicycleclassic.com for complete event information.
Durango and La Plata County Share the Road
Durango, CO: Summer has arrived on the Western Slope and that means that outdoor activities are in full
swing. As community members lace up their sneakers, rub in the sunscreen, pump up their bike tires, and
head outdoors to enjoy some physical fitness it’s important to not forget road safety as part of the preparations.
That’s why the City of Durango, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation, convened their
first ever Share the Road Task Force last fall in order to kick-off 2013 with a new shared meaning of road
safety. Read More...
League of American Bicyclists presents award to Mountain Bike Specialists
March 7, 2013
Alison A. Dewey
Bicycle Friendly American Program
League of American Bicyclists
Mountain Bike Specialists
Mountain Bike Specialists was designated a Silver level –Bicycle Friendly Business Award from the League of American Bicyclists. The Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) program recognizes employers’ efforts to encourage a more bicycle friendly atmosphere for employees and customers. The program honors innovative bike-friendly efforts and provides technical assistance and information to help companies and organizations become even better for bicyclists.
“This award is presented only to business with remarkable commitments to bicycling. This award is a recognition of Mountain Bike Specialists’ commitment to an active, healthy and socially responsible business though the promotion of cycling. Mountain Bike Specialists was judged on their community service, including the support of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, customer service and their 20 years plus support of cycling advocacy though Trails 2000.” according to Alison Dewey, Bicycle Friendly American Program.
The application was reviewed by the League of American Bicyclists and the organization consulted with local advocates before the decision was made. The Silver award status will be promoted by the League for four years.
Mountain Bike Specialists joined 71 (BFBs) for their role in pedaling America toward greater prosperity and making their businesses welcoming to bicyclists. Headlined by iconic companies -- like Facebook, Apple, Inc., and the Hewlett-Packard Company -- this round of awards pushes the total number of BFBs to nearly 500 businesses in 42 states and the District of Columbia.
Durango was awarded a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community in 2012.
"Businesses are the engine of our economy, but more and more companies are realizing the bicycle can be a powerful catalyst for increased profits, reduced health care costs, happier employees and more customers," said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. "We're excited to see the most innovative minds in technology, retail, and manufacturing voting for a more bicycle-friendly America and making significant contributions to our economic growth by promoting healthy, sustainable transportation."
Bicycle-friendly businesses encourage a more bicycle-friendly atmosphere for employees and customers alike. Through cost-effective investments, BFBs attract, reward and retain staff that are not only healthier and happier, but more productive, driven and passionate about the work they do and the communities they live in.
Award winners in this round include:
Apple, Inc. (Silver)
Burton Snowboards (Silver)
Hewlett-Packard Company (Silver)
Angie's List (Bronze)
General Mills (Bronze)
William-Sonoma Inc. (Bronze)
About the Bicycle Friendly America Program
The Bicycle Friendly America program provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities, universities and businesses that actively support bicycling, and ranks states annually based on their level of bike-friendliness.
About the League
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates.
Public Service Announcement
FREE Maintenance Clinic at Mountain Bike Specialists
Mountain Bike Specialists will host a FREE maintenance clinic on Tuesday March 5th at 949 Main Avenue from 5:30p.m. until 6:30p.m.
Topics to be covered will be care and cleaning of your bike, lubing the chain, and how to fix a flat.
Please call 970-247-4066 as space is limited.
For more information contact: John Glover at email@example.com
Heart Smart and Your Ride to Silverton
presented by Dr. Alex Fraley
Tuesday February 12th at 6:30 at the Durango Rec Center
Dear Cycling Friends,
You have been working on our heart rate, trying to calculate our heart rate threshold, working to know how hard to push our heart. You have the opportunity to learn from an expert. Dr. Alex Fraley will be our speaker at our Ready to Ride seminar tomorrow night. It is open to the public, bring a friend.
Dr. Alex Fraley
University of Utah School of Medicine
University of California – San Diego Internal Medicine Resident
University of California – San Diego Cardiovascular Research and Clinical Fellow
William Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, MI) – Interventional Cardiology Fellow – Coronary and Peripheral Vascular Interventions
El Camino Hospital – VIVA Endovascular Fellow with Dr. James Joye, DO – Advanced Peripheral Vascular Interventions
Published research author and winner of several awards including:
University of Utah Honors Program in Internal Medicine
Awarded the University of Utah Ellison scholarship for medical students interested in cardiovascular research.
Awarded the University of Utah Summer research grant to identify the genetic basis of a variant form of thanatophoric dysplasia
University of California Pacific Rim Studies Scholarship
Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Interventional Cardiology and General Cardiology.
Active swimmer that has lived, worked, competed and/or traveled in Australia, China, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Switzerland, Thailand, England, Mexico, Costa Rica and Vietnam.
Renae Blanton and Colleen Dunseth will be the second speakers in the Ready to Ride series.
The lecture will be held at the Durango Rec Center on Thursday January 17th from 6:30p.m. until 8:00p.m. They will discuss specific nutritional testing and supplementation for overall health, enhanced performance and faster recovery.
Topics will include:
Eating/drinking guidelines for everyday life.
Food as Fuel—Turn your jalopy into a Ferrari
Specific nutritional requirements: before, during and after a training session
Race day understanding hydration
Eating to combat “stress” and inflammation
When good food and pure water just aren’t enough: Supplemental Support
Renae is the owner of Sonas Integrative Medical Center and has been practicing Functional and Integrative Family Medicine since 2001. After attending Texas A&M University, Renae graduated in 1991 with her BS in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She was an active-duty Navy Nurse Corps Officer for six years and an additional six years active reservist.
In 1999, Renae graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with her Master’s in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner).
Renae’s specialties include family medicine, men's and women’s bio-identical hormone replacement, chronic illness including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, diabetes, high blood pressure, and digestive disorders, heavy metal testing and treatment, and IV nutritional therapies including high-dose vitamin C, glutathione, chelation, and oxidative therapy.
She is a former participant of the Iron Horse Training Program and is happy to share any secrets that may help make the ride to Silverton fun and enjoyable.
Colleen Dunseth, of Sound Bites is a certified Nutritional Therapists and certified Colon Hydrotherapist. She has recently relocated to Durango from the Pacific Northwest, where she was in private practice for 11 years and training other nutritional therapists nationwide for 11 events.
This program is sponsored by, Sonas Integrative Medical Center, Sound Bites, Mountain Bike Specialists, the Durango Rec Center and Iron Horse Training.
This is the second in a series of FREE educational programs and it is open to everyone interested in being stronger and healthier.
For more information:
The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame announces the Inductee Class of 2012
Dave House, who has been involved in Mountain Biking Journalism for over 30 years and is the current publisher of Road and Decline Magazines. Ruthie Matthes, the MTB Racer who garners such titles as World Champion, World Cup Champion and Olympian. Gary Sjolquist, the Minnesota advocate who has devoted 20 years to getting everyone on bikes, and engaging the full power of the bike industry to increase government support for bicycling. Monte Ward, A So-Cal Pioneer who began off-road exploration in the 1970’s and rode in the early 1980’s with many of the original Marin gang, including Joe Breeze, Wende Cragg, Charlie Kelly, and Gary Fisher.
Bob Woodward, who is inducted due to his dedication to Mountain Biking from its infancy until today as a writer, photographer, trail builder, advocate, competitor and promoter of the sport.
To read full biographies about these deserving folks,
visit our website www.mbikehof.com and click on the 2012 Inductees link.
Elected by a vote of past Hall of Fame Inductees and current Hall of Fame members, the Class of 2012 will be welcomed into the Hall on Wednesday, September 19th. The Induction Ceremony will take place at 6:00 p.m. during the Interbike Show in Las Vegas. The event is held at the Sand's Expo and Convention Center, Rooms TBA, immediately following the first day of the indoor show. All Interbike attendees as well as the public are welcome. Mark your calendars!
The 2012 inductees are:
A big thanks to our sponsors, Dr. Al Farrell, Bikes Belong, Bell Sports,
Tom Bielefeld, Interbike, Kona, QBP--Quality Bicycle Products, Steve Ready, Shimano, Specialized, Trek, New Belgium Brewing for great Beer at the Ceremony and Gore Bike Wear for the Inductee Jackets.
A special thanks to 2005 Inductee Tom Moran for making the trophies.
The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame & Museum was founded in 1988 in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Ten mountain biking pioneers were inducted that first year; between three to seven mountain bike legends have been selected annually since then. The 2012 selections bring the number of Hall of Fame inductees to 121 individuals plus eight groups. The history of the sport of mountain biking, many of the early fat-tire bikes and the stories of Hall of Fame inductees are presented at the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Museum, which is located in lovely downtown Crested Butte. For more information about the Mountain Hall of Fame & Museum, MTB History, interesting archives, stories and pictures check out our new and improved website and our Facebook Page!
22 Year-old Mystery Solved
Biking legend finds lost championship banner in France
Story from the Durango Herald
By Jim Haug, Staff writer
A banner from the 1990 World Bicycle Championships was missing for 22 years until it was recovered by Overend at a mountain biking celebration in France in June.
On the night of one of Durango’s biggest triumphs, hosting the first-ever world championship of mountain biking, the sky above Purgatory Mountain “let loose” with a deluge, recalled participants. People scattered from the storm at the Durango Mountain Resort. By the next morning, Purgatory had gained 18 inches of snow, but had lost the race’s start/finish banner that had been strung between two 40-foot tall poles.
Designed by local artist Metja Swift, it was one of the event’s two banners. The other was hung across Main Avenue and has since become a wall fixture at the Mountain Bike Specialists shop. A thief in the night apparently had taken the banner that had been photographed with champion Ned Overend crossing the finish line.
“The local organizing committee felt violated by the ‘prank,’” said Ed Zink, the committee’s chairman and owner of Mountain Bike Specialists. Efforts were made to “ferret out the culprit” and return the banner to Durango, but leads went cold and hope was fading, Zink recalled. “We feared the banner was just lying in the back of someone’s closet, or worse had been thrown away by an embarrassed middle-aged couch-surfing ex-racer,” Zink said.
Then came a rendez vous in the French Alps when Durango mountain biker Ned Overend went to the town of Villard-de-Lans in June to commemorate a mountain bicycling championship he won 25 years ago. Incidentally, the French competition also claims to be the first world championship for mountain biking, but the Durango bases its distinction on being the first competition to be sanctioned by an international governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale, Overend said. Because the 25th anniversary of the French race celebrated the history of mountain biking, it was fitting that Overend found Durango’s lost banner strung across the main street of Villard-de-Lans. “It was a surprise,” Overend said.
Overend got the banner back during the festival’s ceremonial dinner, but this piece of Durango history has been not been hiding in a trunk in Europe for all these years. Rather, the banner has been as close as Southern California, stolen by one of the racers from the Durango competition who thought of it as a “big souvenir,” Overend said. He became remorseful, but did not know how to return it.
Overend got the story from Hans “No Way” Rey, a German mountain-bike stunt performer and celebrity who lives in Los Angeles. “He knew who this guy was and got him to give it up,” Overend said. “Hans thought it would be cool to display the banner at this festival (in France).” Rey has kept the identity of the thief a secret. “What difference does it make as this point? It’s just nice to get the banner back,” Overend said.
Zink said there are discussions to display it at the Cycling Village at Fort Lewis College during the USA Pro Cycle Challenge in August. Durango is the starting point Aug. 20 for the professional bicycle race across the Rockies. The banner will remind people of Durango’s role in mountain-bike racing. The world championship in 1990 “is key not just to mountain-bike racing, but also to Durango’s part in mountain biking,” Overend said.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Durango is named a Gold Bicycle Friendly Community by the
League of American Bicyclists
Bicycle Friendly Durango Group pleased with success of "Go for the Gold" campaign
Durango, CO – May is National Bike Month with hundreds of events and thousands of riders celebrating bicycling nationwide. And a growing number of U.S. communities are taking steps to encourage residents to ride all year round — including Durango. Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) and Durango was named a Gold level BFC.
“We are not surprised that this was the largest number of new and renewing applicants that we’ve ever had,” said League President Andy Clarke. “The popularity of this program is clear evidence that investment in bicycling is a major catalyst in creating the kind of vibrant communities people want to live, work and visit. Durango recognizes that simple steps to make bicycling safe and comfortable pay huge dividends in civic, community and economic development.”
The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now 214 BFCs in 47 states across America. The Gold BFC award recognizes Durango’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
“No doubt the work of the entire community helped us achieve the Gold,” said, Mary Oswald, chair of Bicycle Friendly Durango. “We are now the Overall Start of the US Pro Cycling Challenge, the Florida Project is complete and participation in events like the Trails 2000 Commuter Challenge during Clean Commute Week continue to grow and thrive. We look forward to learning about the recommendations from the League that will continue to keep our community vibrant for biking she said.
“It is anticipated that the bike industry in Durango brings in several million dollars annually with the seven bike shops, trails and tourism, events, the 18 time Fort Lewis College National Championship bike team and the professional athletes who live and work here. That will continue to grow. Once the rest of the world sees Durango as a result of the overall start of the US Pro Cycling Challenge this August, that will only be another boon,” said Mayor Doug Lyon, himself an avid cyclist and dean of the business school at Fort Lewis College.
The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself. Since its inception, more then 500 distinct communities have applied and the four levels of the award – platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.
To apply or learn more about the free BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.
More information about the US Pro Challenge overall start can be found at Durango2012.com
More information about trails can be found at Trails2000.org
About the Bicycle Friendly America Program
The Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle’s One World, Two Wheels Campaign. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.
Library Kicks off Cycling Film Series with “Bicycle Dreams”
Durango, CO: In honor of being the host city for the overall start of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, the Durango Public will be screening the documentary “Bicycle Dreams” on Monday, June 4 at 6:00 p.m. “Bicycle Dreams” is the true story of the Race Across America, a 3,000-mile, ten-day bicycle race across deserts, mountain ranges, and the open road. “Bicycle Dreams” has won over 15 major awards, including Best Documentary at various film festivals, including Las Vegas, Yosemite, Solstice, and Grand Rapids. For more on the film, including a trailer and reviews, visit www.bicycledreamsmovie.com. This film is not rated; running time is 104 minutes. For more information please visit www.durangopubliclibrary.org.
The Sweet Elite Team! L to R, Lauren Catlin, Payson McElveen, Sarah Sturm, Sepp Kuss and Colton Andersen