Velo Announces Editorial Additions and Promotions

July 3rd, 2014

Velo Announces Editorial Additions and Promotions

Spencer Powlison named Editor of VeloNews.com; longtime contributor Logan VonBokel joins editorial team as tech Reporter; Matthew Beaudin promoted to Senior Writer

BOULDER,  Colo. – July 3, 2014 — As the 101st edition of the Tour de France commences  this weekend, Velo today announced Spencer Powlison as the new Editor of  VeloNews.com and Logan VonBokel as a Tech Reporter for both Velo and VeloNews.com.  Additionally, Matthew Beaudin has been promoted to the title of Senior Writer.

Offering  fans the most comprehensive news and analysis throughout the event (July 5 –  July 27, 2014), VeloNews.com is bringing cycling  fans three weeks of intense coverage of the latest news, highlights and photos from  the sport’s most prestigious stage race.

“We’re headed into the Tour de France with an all-star squad, an editorial team that includes some recent acquisitions,” said Neal Rogers, editor-in-chief of the Velo brand. “I’m delighted to announce the addition of two talented new full-time staff members and the promotion of Matthew Beaudin. Velo and VeloNews.com continue to be produced by cyclists, for cyclists. Our editorial and sales teams are proud to understand and embrace the sport of bicycle racing.”

Beaudin, who will cover his third consecutive Tour de France, began writing for Velo in 2012 and has covered races all over the world, including the Giro d’Italia and Amgen Tour of California. He previously served as the editor of The Telluride Daily Planet.

Powlison,  a longtime contributor based in Boulder, Colorado, has worked in the bike  industry for the majority of his career, from turning wrenches in a Vermont  bike shop to his five-year tenure at the International Mountain Bicycling Association  (IMBA). An avid bicycle racer, Powlison loves pinning on a number, whether it’s in a local criterium, a mountain bike enduro, a cyclocross national championship, or a gran fondo. Most recently, he worked as marketing coordinator for the Brewers Association while feelancing as a part-time tech reporter.

VonBokel  joined the VeloNews team in 2012, first as an intern, while he finished out his  degree at Colorado State University, and then as a part-time contributor. Coming from a background in elite road and cyclocross racing, he has a keen interest in all things cycling, from road to cyclocross to mountain bike.

The new hires complement an award-winning editorial staff, which includes Tech Editor Caley Fretz, European Correspondent Andrew Hood, longtime photographer Casey B. Gibson, and Managing Editor Chris Case.

For more information about Velo, including advertising rate cards and an editorial calendar, visit CompetitorMediaKit.com. For the latest cycling news, race results and more, visit VeloNews.com.

About Velo

Velo delivers the most authentic and authoritative editorial and marketing packages within the cycling industry, to a qualified and influential audience. Velo has a 40-year history of delivering compelling content that informs and entertains cycling enthusiasts worldwide. Velo reaches serious bicycle competitors – present, past and future – as well as the retailers, suppliers, and service providers who are at the leading edge of cycling. Online since 1994, VeloNews.com delivers the most timely, trusted cycling content on the web. For more information, please visit VeloNews.com.

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May 2nd, 2012

Chris Case named Managing Editor; Matthew Beaudin joins editorial team as Staff Reporter; Brian Holcombe promoted to Editor of VeloNews.com

BOULDER, Colo. – May 2, 2012 — Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), the leading active lifestyle sports media and event entertainment company, today announced Chris Case as the new Managing Editor of Velo Magazine and Matthew Beaudin as a Staff Reporter for both Velo and VeloNews.com.

Brian Holcombe has been promoted to Editor of VeloNews.com. Holcombe previously served as the Managing Editor of Velo and reports to Neal Rogers, editor-in-chief of the Velo brands.

“It brings me great pleasure to announce the addition of two talented new staff members and the promotion of Brian Holcombe, an exceptional leader who has devoted so much of himself to Velo over the past three years,” said Rogers, who oversees both print and digital editorial content. “With his cycling knowledge, keen editorial instincts and attention to detail, Brian is ideally suited to continue the tradition of VeloNews.com as the as the market leader for English-language competitive cycling analysis and breaking news.”

Holcombe began contributing to Velo in June 2009 and joined the company as a staff reporter in February 2010. He has covered races all over the world, including the Tour de France, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Tirreno-Adriatico, as well as the U.S. cyclocross and road national championships. A Cat 2 cyclocross racer and a Cat 3 roadie, Holcombe is also nearing completion of a Masters degree in digital media management at the University of Denver.

“The recently redesigned VeloNews.com is the perfect platform to deliver the most compelling cycling content available on the web, and our readers have already seen undeniable enhancements over the past six weeks,” said Holcombe. “I look forward to working with new hires Chris and Matthew as we unify our print and digital content strategies. More than ever, VeloNews.com is an essential home for tech news and reviews, racing analysis and storytelling, supported by captivating photography and video.”

Case formerly managed Trail & Timberline, the quarterly magazine of the Colorado Mountain Club. He also recently co-authored a book on the history of Colorado Mountains and mountaineers. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the American Cycling Association, the local affiliate of USA Cycling in the state of Colorado, and earlier this year he earned silver medals at both the national and world masters cyclocross championships.

An engaging writer, Beaudin served as the editor of The Telluride Daily Planet for the past five years. He will help lead coverage of the upcoming Amgen Tour of California and is also an avid bicycle racer, most often in the single-speed cross-country category.

“Both Chris and Matthew have well-rounded media backgrounds combined with a passion for the sport of bike racing,” added Rogers. “Velo and VeloNews.com continue to be produced by cyclists, for cyclists.”

The new hires complement an award-winning editorial staff, which includes European correspondent Andrew Hood, renowned photographers Graham Watson and Casey B. Gibson, and the Velo tech team of Nick Legan, Lennard Zinn and Caley Fretz.

For more information about Velo, including advertising rate cards and an editorial calendar, visit CompetitorMediaKit.com. For the latest cycling news, race results and more, visit VeloNews.com.

About Velo

Velo delivers the most authentic and authoritative editorial and marketing packages within the cycling industry, to a qualified and influential audience. Velo has a 40-year history of delivering compelling content that informs and entertains cycling enthusiasts worldwide. Velo reaches serious bicycle competitors – present, past and future – as well as the retailers, suppliers, and service providers who are at the leading edge of cycling. Online since 1994, VeloNews.com delivers the most timely, trusted cycling content on the web. For more information, please visit VeloNews.com.

About Competitor Group, Inc.

Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI) is the active lifestyle industry’s leading media and event entertainment company. CGI is a portfolio company of the investment firm Falconhead Capital, which specializes in growing companies in the consumer sector of the leisure and lifestyle space. The aggregate CGI customer base now exceeds 7 million endurance enthusiasts and athletes. CGI’s portfolio of media assets dominate the expanding endurance industry and include a robust digital community online at Competitor.com. With the strategic addition of  Raceit.com, a leading digital registration platform, the company has launched a race services capability to meet the needs of not only the company’s owned and operated events, but also endurance events of all sizes on behalf of the entire industry.

With a leading market share of endurance enthusiasts, CGI owns and operates more than 58 events around the world, including the flagship Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series in 27 markets, the Land Rover TriRock Triathlon Series in 7 markets and the Columbia Muddy Buddy Series in 8 markets, collectively delivering more than 600,000 professional and amateur participants in 2012. Anchoring the company with rich content and marketing leverage are four publishing properties dedicated to running, cycling, triathlon and the world of multisport including Velo, Inside Triathlon, Triathlete and Competitor with a combined monthly circulation of over 600,000.  Further information about CGI and its digital, publishing and event entertainment properties can be found at Competitormediakit.com.

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Competitor Group

Velo Announces Editorial Additions and Promotions

Contact Info

Dan Cruz
800-311-1255
dcruz@competitorgroup.com
http://www.CompetitorMediaKit.com

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