Villalobos wins at San Juan; strong field for Abu Dhabi Tour: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

January 24, 2018

Villalobos wins stage 2, takes race lead at Vuelta a San Juan; Benoot pleased with unexpected third place; Impressive lineup announced for Abu Dhabi Tour; Abu Dhabi route details unveiled; KordaMentha Real Estate – Australian national teams announced for Cadel Evans Great Road Race; INRNG on Armstrong’s lifetime ban and the Tour of Flanders; Ovett signs for Australian Cycling Academy; Strava expands with new office in Denver; Video: Abu Dhabi Tour 2018 – Official promo; Video: Abu Dhabi Tour 2018 – The jerseys

Strava expands with new office in Denver

by Neal Rogers

Strava, the social network for athletes, announced Tuesday that it is opening a new office in Denver, Colorado. With more than 140 employees in San Francisco, Hanover, New Hampshire, and Bristol, UK, Strava said in a press release that it believes Denver offers “access to a depth of talent in one of the world’s most active cities.”

“The Colorado Front Range has become known as Silicon Mountain because of the booming startup and tech scene,” the release states. “Denver is the epicenter of the action with a high-momentum tech community and rapidly-expanding talent pool. With 10,000 miles of trails, 15 national forest, 41 state parks, 58 peaks that rise above 14,000 feet, and dozens of world-class winter sport destinations, Colorado is also the ultimate outdoor playground and a key market for Strava. Strava looks forward to contributing to the Denver community and will focus first on building product development and design teams.

With a strong Colorado athlete base, Denver provides “endless opportunity for running, cycling, mountain biking, skiing, paddling and climbing,” the release states. “With that as the backdrop, the available engineers, product designers, product managers, and similar talent offer an excellent starting point to blend Denver’s culture into Strava’s product and vice versa.”

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is one of over 130 organizations that works with Strava Metro to help make riding, running, and walking in cities better. Strava Metro anonymizes and aggregates the millions of human-powered activities uploaded to Strava every week, then partners with departments of transportation, city planners and engineering firms to improve infrastructure for bicyclists and pedestrians.

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