Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 25, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel wins with bike throw at Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 2; Mareczko wins third stage of Tour de Langkawi; Molano wins Volta ao Alentejo, stage 3; Van Avermaet lukewarm about Flanders route changes; talks Gilbert tensions and Liège; Rivals take note: After breakout year, Lepistö enters Spring Classics with confidence; Phinney out of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with knee injury; Zwift Academy winner Leah Thorvilson to begin racing in Belgium this weekend; Kittel chooses rim brake for second stage at Abu Dhabi Tour; ‘Protest’ over asphalting of Eikenberg cobbles; British Cycling perplexed by UK Sport allegations; Bicycle industry reacting to Utah Governor’s push to strip federal protection for public lands; New world record set for cycling length of New Zealand; Pedal power in sailing; Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 2 highlights; Video: On-board highlights – Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 1; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Chantal Blaak; Video: Vintage cycling day.

Bicycle industry reacting to Utah Governor’s push to strip federal protection for public lands

by CyclingTips

There is more potential fallout from the push for legislation in the U.S. to give control of federal lands to states, led by lawmakers in the state of Utah. After major brands like Patagonia said they would boycott the annual Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City, the bicycle industry is exploring options to follow suit. Interbike, which is owned by the same company as Outdoor Retailer, Emerald Expositions, said it will not include Utah in any future RFPs for show locations, following a call with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.

“We will continue with the RFP process in the other locations that we’ve been in contact with for Interbike,” Pat Hus, vice president of Interbike, told Bicycle Retailer. “Other than removing Utah from the process, nothing has changed from our standpoint. Interbike is committed to finding the best location for the cycling community, and we hope to have a more definitive direction in approximately 60 days.”

At the center of the controversy is Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s recent resolution urging the Trump administration to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument, which would allow the federal government to transfer control of the land to the state. Opponents fear that giving control of federal lands to states would result in the selling-off of lands to private companies for purposes such as drilling, to help states reduce budget deficits.

There are two bicycle industry trade shows that are currently in Utah — the North American Handmade Bicycle Show set for Salt Lake City in March, and the PressCamp media events. NAHBS said it will move the show in the future, but will go ahead with the show as planned, noting the short time frame.

“When we were negotiating the show, (Utah’s) Gov. Herbert hadn’t begun his assault on public lands,” Don Walker, the founder of NAHBS, told Bicycle Retailer. “His agenda for the state of Utah has the ability to curtail the recreation of our exhibitors and their customers. If not for signed contracts, booked airfares, hotels and the builders depending on the show taking place, we too would be relocating.

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