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New Belgium to break Ground on East Coast facility on May 1st

New Belgium Brewing is officially breaking ground and starting construction on its second brewery—a 133,000 SF brewery and tasting room. At full build out, New Belgium will brew 500,000 barrels annually and support upwards of 140 jobs. The groundbreaking includes a private ceremony on May 1 and a public celebration on May 2.

“Over the last two years, we’ve really enjoyed getting to know this community and we have developed strong partnerships with businesses, non-profits, government agencies and neighbors,” said New Belgium CEO and co-founder, Kim Jordan. “We’re investing in greenways and all these amazing programs that our partners have established. We’re grateful to be part of this city and for our partnerships, and are incredibly excited to get this off the ground.”

New Belgium’s brewery and Liquid Center (tasting room) location, an 18-acre site along the French Broad River in West Asheville, was designated as a brownfield site, having a history of uses that necessitated site clean-up prior to building. New Belgium worked with North Carolina’s brownfield program to invest in and remediate the site and improve the area.

“While brownfield remediation isn’t exactly sexy work, it was important to our employee owners to improve a site from an environmental perspective,” said Jay Richardson, New Belgium’s General Manager in Asheville. “We’re rounding the corner and it’s exciting to see the site taking shape. Starting in May, we’ll see buildings going up and things will really be transformed.”

The site has a rich history in the neighborhood with many different uses in the past, including an auto salvage shop and stockyard, a location for circus performances and even auctions. The buildings on the site provided New Belgium with materials to reuse in Asheville’s brewery and Liquid Center. Those materials include: steel trusses, pine and oak beams, barn doors, metal roofing and siding, and oak flooring.

“Rather than send thousands of pounds of materials to the landfill, we worked with a great local partner salvaging wood, sheet metal and other materials to repurpose for future use,” said Richardson. “We plan to reuse about 65-85% of those elements in the new buildings and plan to find a way to make the salvaged items we don’t use available to the community.”

New Belgium became 100% employee owned in January 2013 in anticipation of bringing on new employees in Asheville. With a 93% employee retention rate, new employees at the Asheville brewery, Liquid Center and distribution center can expect to make between $27,500 and $60,000 plus benefits.

In February 2014, New Belgium announced that it secured an industrial location in Buncombe County in Enka/Candler, NC, to build its East Coast Distribution Center. The 100,000 SF Distribution Center will be built concurrently with the brewery and liquid center, and will be ready for occupancy by fall 2015. The distribution center will have room for a future 40,000 SF expansion. When complete, beer packaged in Asheville will leave the Distribution Center for distribution in the eastern U.S.

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Two Podium Finishes for 5-hour ENERGY Presented by Kenda Racing Team At Sea Otter

The 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team rounded off their California trip with two podium finishes and numerous sponsor visits at the Subaru Sea Otter Classic this past weekend. The team now sets its sights on the next events on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar and National Criterium Calendar, the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic and the Joe Martin Stage Race.

“After a long absence from the Sea Otter Classic, the 5-hour ENERGY team presented by Kenda returned to this incredible event to showcase our partnership with our sponsors. With a solid showing of teamwork, the team placed Sam Bassetti on the podium in the criterium and Jake Keough on the podium in the circuit race. The team’s attendance in the expo area, on multiple days, was a great success as the team visited many of the sponsors that help the team. The riders enjoyed learning about the new products available and it was a small thank you for the support they give to our program.” said Directeur Sportif Frankie Andreu.

The 5-hour ENERGY team will head next to North Carolina to race the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic which includes a National Racing Calendar/UCI road race and a National Criterium Calendar (NCC) race from April 18-19. Seven riders will then contest the Joe Martin Stage Race presented by Nature Valley in and around Fayetteville, Arkansas from April 24-27.

Roster for Winston-Salem Cycling Classic
Chad Beyer (Tucson, Ariz.)
Bruno Langlois (Quebec City, Quebec)
Christian Parrett (Macon, Georgia)
Taylor Shelden (Louisville, Colo.)
Bobby Sweeting (Asheville, N.C.)
David Williams (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
The Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, a USA Cycling-sanctioned event with a total purse of approximately $50,000, will take place in downtown Winston-Salem, N.C., and surrounding areas. The UCI 1.2 road race, on Friday April 18, features 8956 ft of total elevation gain over the 120-mile course. The 75-minute NCC criterium on Saturday, which is also a USA CRITS Series race, takes place on a 0.9-mile loop through downtown Winston-Salem. Both races will be streamed live via the USA CRITS Championship Series YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/usacritsseries).

Roster for Joe Martin Stage Race presented by Nature Valley
Sam Bassetti (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
Bruno Langlois (Quebec City, Quebec)
Chad Beyer (Tucson, Ariz.)
Jake Keough (Sandwich, Mass.)
Christian Parrett (Macon, Georgia)
Bobby Sweeting (Asheville, N.C.)
David Williams (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
The Joe Martin Stage Race will mark its 12th anniversary as a National Racing Calendar event in 2014. Stage 1, on April 24, is the individual time trial on a 2.5-mile course in the Devil’s Den State Park. Stage 2 on April 25, is the 110-mile road race with 5,300 feet of elevation gain. Stage 3 on Saturday is the 114-mile road race and includes four laps of a rolling 23-mile loop. Event concludes on April 27 with Stage 4, the 85-minute criterium raced on 1.2-mile course with a tough climb to the finish line.

Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling atop two podiums at Sunny King Criterium

The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team kicked off the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar in true Blue Train fashion with wins in both the men’s and women’s races at Saturday’s 2014 Sunny King Criterium. With returning 2013 race winners in both pro fields, all eyes were on the Blue Train to animate the races among deep and talented fields of riders in Anniston, Alabama.

Young sprinting prodigy Coryn Rivera represented the team alone in the women’s field, as her teammates simultaneously challenged the Redlands Bicycle Classic in California. Coryn commented on her strategy in racing without her trusted teammates, “I had to feel it out during the first half of the race to see what the big teams wanted to do. I got in a move with the right people, but no one wanted to drive it so I needed to trust that it would come down to a field sprint. I had to be patient and trust my instincts to win.” Instinct and ability prevailed for Coryn, as she was able to outsprint the entire field and repeat her 2013 victory, this time wearing the blue and white of the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train. “To chalk up a win as my first race with UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team definitely sets the tone for the rest of the year. There’s no better feeling than doing your best and winning!” Coryn added.

Next up was the men’s race. With UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team’s Carlos Alzate returning from victory in 2013 and identified as the race favorite, all other teams dutifully watched, covered, and chased any move made by the Blue Train, dictating a bunch sprint for the finish. Despite adding a new rider to the mix, the men had a plan and were ready for the challenge.

Team captain Hilton Clarke commented on integrating Martyn Irvine into the Blue Train crit squad and meeting the pressure of a banner 2013 season, “Before the race, we had a good discussion about not being complacent after last season’s success and also how to best integrate Martyn Irvine into our well-oiled criterium machine. After all, this was his first crit ever in the United States. He showed us why he is a former World track champion- as he nailed his roll on the first attempt. The rest of the peloton rode a great race and showed us that we’re up against some real quality talent. But as always, our goal before the race was to get the win and the guys on the team all executed tonight. We’re already looking forward to the big one next week in Charlotte.”

Team rider Karl Menzies added, “We were very motivated going into the first crit of the year and when Coryn brought home the victory, we knew we had to give it everything and lock in the win. We performed the leadout according to plan and Carlos was able to secure the win.”

General Manager Mike Tamayo summed up the team’s sentiments, “After a dominating 2013, it’s great to start off the men’s crit schedule by returning to our winning ways. The added bonus was Coryn winning the women’s race with no teammates present. It’s great to see her learn from the guys, and take advice from sprinters like Hilton. This is teamwork– in every sense of the word.”

The team continues their 2014 criterium campaign next week in North Carolina’s Charlotte-Belmont Omnium.

Tour of Winston-Salem Is UCI Amateur Worlds Qualifier

Amateur and masters cyclists in the United States have an opportunity to qualify for the UCI Amateur World Championships at the Tour of Winston-Salem Gran Fondo on Sunday, May 18, in North Carolina.

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Non-licensed and USA Cycling license holders are eligible to participate in the 118-kilometer/74-mile race that is one of 15 qualifying events for the UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) World Championships in Slovenia, Aug. 29-31. Riders who finish in the top 25 percent of their age group automatically qualify for worlds.

“This is a chance for someone to experience true, European-style racing on a professional-quality race course,” Race Director Ray Boden said. John Eustice, a past two-time United States pro road champion who serves as the event’s technical director, said the gran fondo provides cyclists with the opportunity of a lifetime. “Anyone who has ever dreamed of earning and wearing a rainbow jersey can punch their ticket to Slovenia,” Eustice said.

The event is open to cyclists who are at least 19 years old. Entry fee is $70. Qualifying for worlds is by age bracket (19-24, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and 65-and-older). The event has a 1,000-rider field limit and will be run under USA Cycling gran fondo regulations. Riders of any nationality are eligible to enter.

Ann Marie Miller of Manhattan, an 11-time U.S. national masters champion and four-time world amateur champion, said the 2012 and 2013 amateur world championship qualifying events in Lenox, Mass., and Putnam County, N.Y., respectively, exceeded expectations.

“Those venues were world-class with spectacular courses that were challenging, but inspiring,” Miller said. “The Winston-Salem event promises to continue that level of excellence. The UCI World Amateur Championships have allowed me to become a world champion and have been a wonderful opportunity to experience the world community of cycling.”

Winston-Salem is the only opportunity for cyclists to qualify for worlds in the United States and one of only two UWCT events in North America. The city is already playing host to two days of competitive professional racing later this month when the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic features both UCI and USA-Cycling events on the National Racing Calendar and National Criterium Calendar. Winston-Salem also served as a regular stop on the Tour DuPont in the 90s.

“We want to grow this event into the best qualifier for the world championships,” Tour of Winston-Salem Executive Director Dr. Richard Rauck said. “The city of Winston-Salem, with its rich history for cycling and recognized as the city of arts and innovation, is prepared to make every participant’s visit enjoyable and worthwhile. Cyclists will find the terrain in our region provides some the most beautiful and enjoyable cycling roads in the country.”

Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem serves as lead sponsor. The event supports the Childress Pediatric Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and the Sceptor Pain Foundation, a non-profit medical research foundation that funds research in pain management.

For more information on the event, including course maps and registration details, visit the Tour of Winston-Salem’s official website, www.tourofwinstonsalem.com. Follow the Tour of Winston-Salem on Twitter: @Tour_of_WS.

Photo by Scott Kingsley

USA CRITS Kicks off this Saturday in Delray Beach

USA-CRITS-Series-Feature-470x260 The 2014 USA CRITS Championship Series kicks off this Saturday, March 22nd, at the 3rd Annual Delray Beach Twilight Festival in sunny Florida — an oasis for people that crave a playful lifestyle and a place of hospitality to visitors from around the world since 1911. Thousands of people will flock to the downtown area for an epic criterium cycling event that takes place alongside a health and lifestyle festival includng health-centric vendors, BMX stunt shows and clinics.Delray-Beach-Twilight

The Delray Beach Twilight course is a 0.6-mile course over three city blocks on the lively streets of Downtown Atlantic Avenue. The course features four 90 degree turns. The Start/Finish Line is next to Spot Coffee, on SE 1st Ave. Amateur races begin at 8:00am and will run through 2:35pm. The final races start in the late afternoon and finish into the night with the three main events – CAT 1-5 Finals, the men’s and women’s Professional/Elite races.

Amateur Finals – 5:30pm
Women’s Pro/1/2 Inv. 3 – 6:35pm
Men’s Pro/1 Inv. 2 – 8:00pm

Photo by Scott Kingsley

Photo by Scott Kingsley

Don’t miss out as the battle for the Orange Jersey of the 2014 USA CRITS Championship Series begins! And look out for the USA CRITS Division 1 Teams who will be in attendance throughout this season, including Colavita-Fine Cooking, FCS Cycling and Mellow Mushroom p/b Pink Siren Sports on the pro women’s side, and Astellas Cycling, Athlete Octane, Champion System-Stan’s NoTubes, CRCA/Foundation, GIANT Regional On-Road, Incycle-Predator Components, Stan’s NoTubes p/b Proferrin and UnitedHealthcare of Georgia p/b The 706 Project on the pro men’s side.

Can’t make it to the race? You can watch online at http://www.youtube.com/USACRITSseries.
Coverage begins at 5:00pm!
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2014 USA CRITS Championship Series
March 22: Delray Beach Twilight, Delray Beach, Florida
March 29: Gasparilla Criterium, Tampa, Florida
April 12: Novant Health Invitational Criterium, Charlotte, North Carolina
April 19: Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
April 26: Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight Criterium, Athens, Georgia
May 31: Glencoe Grand Prix, Glencoe, Illinois
July 9: Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, Vancouver, BC, Canada
July 12: Andersen/Banducci Twilight Criterium, Boise, Idaho
August 2: Iron Hill Twilight Criterium, West Chester, Pennsylvania
August 23: Chris Thater Memorial, Binghamton, New York
August 31: USA CRITS FINALS, Gateway Cup, St. Louis, Missouri