Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 11, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Team leader at 22: Kasia Niewiadoma takes on new role in Marianne Vos’ WM3 Pro Cycling Team; Tour of Turkey faces challenge attracting teams due to political climate; Iranian Team Pishgaman Cycling suspended after second rider positive; Multiple doping positives at Tour of Guadeloupe; In-depth feature with Brian Holm; New fixed-gear team started by Red Hook series champ; Outdoor industry brands boycotting Utah-based trade show over politics; Belgian coach falls into icy pond at Bieles, drives home in underwear; Max Stöckl breaks own world record for fastest MTB downhill speed at 167kph; Video: Downhill to Death Valley on a penny-farthing; Motivating children to wear bicycle helmets through design; Video: How a Bicycle was made.

Outdoor industry brands boycotting Utah-based trade show over politics

by CyclingTips

With the shift in power towards the Republican party in the United States, one outcome is the push for legislation to give control of federal lands to states, led by lawmakers in the state of Utah. This has some outdoor enthusiasts worried that states could sell off of the land to private companies instead of maintaining them for public use. In reaction, multiple companies are boycotting the the biannual Outdoor Retailer trade show held in Utah’s capital Salt Lake City after Governer Gary Herbert signed a resolution calling on President Donald Trump to repeal the newly named Bears Ears National Monument.

“Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution urging the Trump administration to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument, making it clear that he and other Utah elected officials do not support public lands conservation nor do they value the economic benefits that the outdoor recreation industry brings to their state,” Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario wrote.

“Because of the hostile environment they have created and their blatant disregard for Bears Ears National Monument and other public lands, the backbone of our business, Patagonia will no longer attend the Outdoor Retailer show in Utah and we are confident other outdoor manufacturers and retailers will join us in moving our investment to a state that values our industry and promotes public lands conservation.”

Arc’teryx also withdrew from the event this week and said it would donate the money it planned to spend to the Conservation Alliance’s new Public Lands Defense Fund.

Outdoor Retailer officials said they will request proposals from other cities to host shows starting as early as November 2018 after its current contract runs out that summer in Utah. The show is owned by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with more than 50 shows annually.