August 16, 2012

Kilian Jornet     Photo: Pierre Thomas

Jornet Breaks Grand Teton Speed Record

Endurance athlete is at it again

Spanish ultrarunner Kilian Jornet smashed the Grand Teton's 30-year-old speed record on Saturday, climbing and descending the 13,770-foot mountain in just 2 hours, 54 minutes. Jornet, 24, summited via Lupine Meadow, covering more than 12 miles with a nearly 7,500-foot vertical gain. The run bettered Bruce Thatcher's record time, set in 1983, by 12 minutes. The Salomon-sponsored athlete is a three-time champion of both the Skyrunner World Series and the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc. He was also the 2011 winner of the World Championships of Ski Mountaineering and the Western States Endurance Run.

Via Examiner


Kristin Armstrong

Kristin Armstrong     Photo: derekmarkham/Flickr

Top Cycling Sponsor Can't Meet Financial Obligations

Exergy may owe millions of dollars

One of U.S. cycling’s biggest sponsors, Exergy Development Group, owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid sponsorship invoices and is now facing potential legal action. If Exergy proves unable to fulfill its obligations, the impact on cycling in the U.S. would be devastating. Few sponsors are more deeply woven into the U.S. scene than Exergy: they sponsor USA Cycling, all of the country’s top stage races, and the country’s most prestigious women’s race. They also fund two teams, a men’s team and the Exergy Twenty12 women’s team, home to two-time gold medalist Kristin Armstrong. While both teams report they’ve received funding, other vendors have yet to be paid. Exergy CEO James Carkulis sent out emails last Friday detailing the company’s inability to meet its obligations, and promised to hand-deliver checks at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. “This year has been a bit of a strange year for us when it’s come to our normal business practices,” Carkulis said. “We have tens of millions of dollars that are invested into our [energy] projects and we’ve had a number of delays in our financial closings.” Carkulis failed to show at the Tour of Utah, but has subsequently promised to pay the debts as soon as possible.

Via VeloNews


    Photo: Anthony DeLorenzo/Flickr

24-Hour MB World Championships Cancelled

Officials cite lack of participation

Organizers of the 24-Hour Mountain Bike World Championships have cancelled the race due to lack of participation, officials announced. The race was scheduled for September 14-16 in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. "I'm sad for those in this community of Canmore that supported our desire to build a world-class event. I'm disappointed and sad beyond belief at the cancellation, which is a real blow for the whole endurance family," founder Stuart Dorland said in a statement. He cited lack of sponsorship and a dearth of interested riders. All registered participants who have outstanding balances will receive a full refund. The first 24-Hour World Championship took place in the Canadian Rockies in 1999. There was no race last year after a suitable host in the United Kingdom could not be found.

Via Cycling News


Moose On The Loose     Photo: foilman/Flickr

Driver Swerves to Avoid Moose, Hits Bear

Is deemed extremely unlucky

A Norwegian driver who swerved to avoid hitting a moose ended up crashing into a bear instead, wildlife officials said Thursday. The unidentified driver was traveling down a country road late on Wednesday night when he saw a moose in the headlights, but failed to notice the nearby bear. "The driver had lost a bit of speed as he tried to avoid the moose before hitting the bear," said Svein-Erik Björke of the local wildlife authority. "We are tracking the bear and we have found traces of blood." The driver escaped uninjured. Norway is home to some five million people, 100,000 moose, and 150 brown bears.

Via BBC News