New Belgium Receives SUSTY Award

New Belgium Brewing was recently honored by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which represents more than 200,000 businesses nationwide. The business received a SUSTY award, which ASBC proffers annually to recognize exemplary leadership in driving forward policies that help build a more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable America.

“The SUSTY, short for Sustainable Policymakers Award, acknowledges the important and ground breaking work that policymakers and businesses across the nation are pursuing to create a 21st century economy built on principles of shared prosperity, environmental protection, and social justice,” said Richard Eidlin, ASBC VP of Policy & Campaigns, who presented the awards.

“Through its actions, New Belgium Brewing stands as a great example of what a triple bottom line company looks like. Whether it’s producing high quality, non GMO craft beer, taking great care of its employees, or standing up for clean water, the Fort Collins, Colorado based firm is a leader in sustainability. New Belgium started its employee stock ownership plan back in 2000 and in January 2013 became 100 percent employee-owned. In 2008, New Belgium was named the best place to work in America by Outsidemagazine, due in part to the brewery’s efforts to ensure the wellness of their employees. On the policy front, New Belgium has worked closely with ASBC to make the case that ‘clean water is good for business.’ Andrew Lemley testified on Capitol Hill to call attention to the economic and environmental benefit of EPA’s Clean Water rules,” said Eidlin.

Other SUSTY recipients for 2014 were U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez. Last year’s recipients included U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, Congressman Keith Ellison and the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce.

ASBC presented the awards at its third annual Business Summit in Washington, D.C., November 12 through 14, at its kickoff reception. Information about the summit may be found here: http://asbcouncil.org/join-asbcs-2014-white-house-summit.

The American Sustainable Business Council and the ASBC Action Fund represent a membership network of more than 200,000 businesses nationwide, and more than 325,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers and investors. The Council www.asbcouncil.org informs policy makers, business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant and sustainable economy. The Action Fund www.asbcaction.org advocates for legislative change.

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Today in Pro Cycling News: October 17, 2015

In today’s pro cycling news, Movistar takes WorldTour prize, Jay McCarthy reflects on second pro season and BMC launches 2015 devo team.

Valverde and Movistar receive 2014 WorldTour prize

For the second year on a row, Movistar Team won the UCI WorldTour, which recognized them as the most consistent and outstanding team in 2014. The award ceremony was held in Madrid at the headquarters of the squad’s title sponsor, Distrito Telefónica.

Team General Manager Eusebio Unzué and World No. 1 Alejandro Valverde attended a gathering which also included UCI President Brian Cookson and Royal Spanish Cycling Federation chairman José Luis López Cerrón. José María Sanz-Magallón, director of Sponsorships and Coordination of Telefónica, underlined “the big satisfaction that means to us to support a squad and a sport which are realluy growing nowadays.”

In turn, Miguel Cardenal, Spanish Secretary of State for Sport, announced that the Royal Order of Sporting Merit will be awarded to the squad that, led by Unzué, has stood for 35 years on cycling’s top tier.

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Jay McCarthy reflects on ‘revealing’ season

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Tinkoff-Saxo’s Jay McCarthy is coming off his second season on Tinkoff-Saxo and as a World Tour rider. The 22-year old got the first Grand Tour under his belt and took important steps in finding his specialization as a rider.

“I’ve had a solid season in the manner that I’ve developed steadily, I rode my first Giro d’Italia and I got some more World Tour experience and power. I’m getting closer to finding myself as a rider”, says Jay McCarthy and elaborates:

“Right now, I see myself moving in the direction of becoming a rider for the medium mountain or hilly stages, where you try your luck and play the tactical game carefully”.

BMC Development Team Unveils Roster For 2015

A host of top returning talent and five promising new riders highlight the BMC Development Team’s roster for 2015, BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Monday.

The United States-registered amateur team won nearly two dozen races this year – including the team time trial at the Tour Cycliste International de la Guadeloupe – while sending Under 23 European road and time trial champion Stefan Küng and Giro Valle d’Aosta stage winner and Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah best young rider Dylan Teuns to the BMC Racing Team. “We are very pleased with the progression and contribution the BMC Development Team has made in two short years,” Ochowicz said. “Our goal from the start has been to work with young riders and get them to a higher level in the hopes that they will graduate to the ProTour. But more important than getting results has been the process of teaching them the best way to train, race and recover.”

 

Does Cervelo-Bigla mean a little more respect for women’s cycling?

Bigla Pro Cycling Team, which is definitely taking on a more competitive tack for 2015, announced today that they’ll be partnering with Cervelo next year.

Cervelo is coming off of sponsorship of the Garmin-Sharp team, which recently announced a merger with Cannondale to form a men’s super team. Cervelo could have taken their considerable marketing dollars to any men’s team on the Pro Tour, but they chose to work with a women’s team.

Bigla has been signing considerable talent since the fall, adding Shelley Olds, Iris Slappendel, Joelle Numainville and others to any already strong roster.

Cervelo is eager to work with the women of Bigla. Cervélo Managing Director Robert Reijers, added, “We are proud to be the frame sponsor of Bigla Pro Cycling Team for the next years. When we evaluate sponsorship opportunities, we carefully evaluate both the quality of the rider roster and the team management alike. In the past, Thomas has helped catapult Cervélo TestTeam to a dominant position in women’s cycling. We expect Bigla Pro Cycling Team, with a strengthened, truly international rider roster to become a strong force in women`s cycling in 2015 and beyond. This announcement underlines our commitment to women pro-cycling in parallel to our presence in pro-triathlon.”

The sponsorship news comes on the heels of the Amgen Tour of California announcing a 3-day women’s race that will run during the 2015 edition of what is arguably America’s biggest stage race.

Of course, female cyclists still struggle to get salaries, let alone race purses on par with those available to the boys. While some races like CrossVegas have established ‘purse parity’, there is still a long way to go for equality in our sport. Still, recent news is encouraging.

 

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New accessory from London start-up may revolutionize cycling safety

A London start-up is aiming to revolutionize cycling safety with a new accessory that aims to increase visibility of cyclists at road crossings. CYCL, currently rolling up on Kickstarter, is starting pre-sales of their innovative new WingLights on November 18th.

WingLights, turn signal like blinkers that mount on a bike’s handlebars, are intended to supplement hand signals from cyclists, helping drivers to see them from 10 meters away and greatly increasing visibility.

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In the UK, 75% of the bicycle accidents a year occur at intersections and in 57% of those incidents, drivers say that they did not see the cyclist.

CYCL co-founder Luca Amaduzzi commented: “Our aim is to make the world’s roads safer for cyclists. We believe WingLights will reinforce bike presence on our roads and prevent the chance of accidents.”

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In addition to providing bike safety, the CYCL lights also easily detach from the bike and transform into a key ring, greatly reducing the risk of losing them.

For more information about WingLights and CYCL, visit their website at http://www.cycl.bike/ks

Today in Pro Cycling News: November 15, 2014

In today’s pro cycling news, Movistar completes 2015 roster, Lotto Belisol completes U23 team and Team Colombia meets for tests and bike fitting.

Fran Ventoso completes 2015 Movistar roster

After a 2014 season full of commitment towards team duties -firstly in favour of Nairo Quintana, with whom he conquered the Giro d’Italia, then with Juanjo Lobato, leading out the young Andalusian into the sprints-, Fran Ventoso has extended his contract with the Movistar Team for an additional season. The Spaniard, 32, came close to victory three times early last season -in San Luis (2nd into a stage), the Trofeo Platja de Muro (2nd) and the GP Nobili (3rd)-, later taking a decisive step forward into an 11-year career always specialized on bunch finishes.

Lotto Belisol completes 2015 U23 team

Lotto-Belisol’s U23 team for 2015 is complete with 25 riders. Twelve of them are newcomers.

Six riders from the 2014 U23 team were offered a pro contract: Tiesj Benoot, Amaury Capiot, Dan McLay, Xandro Meurisse, Jef Van Meirhaeghe and Louis Vervaeke. Louis Vervaeke already made his switch to the pro peloton halfway the season with the Lotto Belisol elite team. Starting January the first, Tiesj Benoot will officially become Vervaeke’s teammate. Benoot was already trainee with the pros in the second half of the 2014 season.

Team Colombia meets in Bogota for tests and bike fitting

The new season is already knocking at Team Colombia’s door. Confirmed and new athletes will gather next week in Bogotà for a three-day session focused on physical tests, bike fitting and next season’s schedules.

General Manager Claudio Corti, technical and medical staff members, will spend Nov. 18-20 in Bogotà to undergo the ritual physical efficiency tests and – particularly for the new athletes – the bike fitting sessions on the new Wilier Triestina Zero.7, operated with the Retul system, Team Colombia’s partner in 2015 as well.

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