Kelly Benefit Strategies Camp - Winter Park Camp
Jonas Carney leads his 15 adventurers into the snow of the Colorado Rockies for
their first season camp... snow shoe'd and dodging trees on Snow Mountain.
Hidden Dangers of Cycling KBS-Style
Dan Bowman Tangles with Tree at Pre-Season Camp; Cando Gets Food Poisoning
Cycling is a dangerous business, but the drama usually happens on the road.
Not so for the Kelly Benefit Strategies pro cycling team who convened last
weekend in Winter Park, Colorado for a pre-season training camp to introduce the
squad’s seven new riders to returning athletes from last year.
“This was a great way for all of the guys to get to know each other without
the pressure of a traditional training camp,” says local resident and team
performance director Jonas Carney. “We snow shoed and spent a lot of time at
Snow Mountain Ranch; maybe too much time looking at Dan Bowman.”
Dan Bowman drew "first blood" for the team this season.
It was only a tree branch that could put a dead-end stop to more than five
hours of tree runs on day two for Bowman who hit a tree branch and ripped open
his face. Teammate Alex Candelario took that, and a bout of food poisoning, as
sign to call it a day too.
Kelly Benefit Strategies 20009 Roster
Over the course of the weekend, the camp also included a snowshoe hike up
Sheep Mountain (10,600 feet) on day one, backcountry snowboarding and hiking on
Berthoud Pass (11,600 feet) and skiing in the Snow Mountain Ranch and Winter
Park resort – before getting down to official team business and discussing
goals, strategy and race schedule for the year.
“It was kind of like that Rocky movie where he’s training out in the snow
with logs and the Russian guy’s going all high tech – but still loses in the
end,” says Carney. “Building a great team is more than just working out on the
bikes. It’s about knowing each other. Looking at our new lineup I am 100 percent
convinced we have our best team yet and will have an unbelievable season of
racing and winning.”
The team will hold a second training camp in San Antonio, TX in late February
where the riders will meet team sponsors and ride the new Gary Fisher 2009 road
bikes for the first time. “We’d like to thank our friends at Snow Mountain
Ranch, the Viking and the Winter Park Athletic Club for their support of the
team,” adds Carney. “I’m sure we will be back next year.”
Change of Strategy - Ken Mills Moves to General
During the same week there was a management change on the team with Ken Mills
being promoted to general manager of the team: Mills will continue to work under
the supervision of Jonas Carney, performance director, but also assume more
daily management duties for the program.
“Ken’s done a terrific job since he joined the program,” says Jonas Carney,
performance director. “He has a great instinct for racing, knows everyone in the
business and has become an invaluable member of team management. He’s played a
big role in allowing our program to expand rapidly and for us to have athletes
racing domestically and internationally at the same time.”
Mills will continue to work with the team’s athletes but also assume
responsibility for team logistics, shipping, transportation and travel as well
as liaison with sponsors and partners of the program.
International Goals 2009
The move enables Carney to focus his time exclusively on athlete and program
development, race and season strategy and growing the KBS program
internationally – a key goal for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He will also assume
many of the management tasks handled by Charles Aaron and the team’s parent
company Circuit Global Sport Management.
“We’re thrilled to see Ken’s willingness to step up and take more on – he’ll
be a great success,” says Charles Aaron, team owner and Managing Director
Circuit Global Sport Management. “With Ken assuming many of our team HQ’s daily
logistics, our support staff will be freed up to focus on providing even more
support, integration and promotional benefits to our current and future
Mills’ new position is effective immediately as the Kelly Benefit Strategies
team preperation for continues with two training camps in Winter Park CO
this week, and San Antonio, TX in February.
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Kelly Benefit Strategies is a group
insurance broker and consultant that specialize in healthcare, and is a division
of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, Inc, headquartered in Hunt Valley,
Maryland. KBS serves thousands of employers ranging in size from small
businesses to Fortune 500 companies and is committed to bringing its customers
affordable group benefits through innovative benefit design, management, and
Circuit Global Sports Management is
Minneapolis-based; facilitates strategic alliances between corporate partners
and professional cycling initiatives. Previous high-profile clients include
Cadillac, Red Bull, Panasonic, DKNY, Dollar Rent a Car, Jeep, Timberland, and
the State of Minnesota.
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