Avon Store - Sun & Ski SportsSpecialty Sports Retailer to Outfit Farmington Valley

Avon, Conn., June 18, 2010 – Specialty sports retailer Sun & Ski Sports, known as the “guide to the great outside,” announces the opening of its newest store this week on Route 44 in Avon.

Located at 195 West Main Street, the new 16,255-square-foot store currently features bikes, cycling accessories and a full bike service shop. Sun & Ski will expand its product line this fall to include a full line of ski and snowboard gear.

“Connecticut’s active outdoor enthusiasts and proximity to some of the best skiing in the Northeast made Avon a natural fit for our newest store,” said Sun & Ski Sports CEO Barry Goldware. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to outfit the vibrant active outdoor community in the Farmington Valley.”

The 30 year old, 24-store adventure retailer, headquartered in Houston, Texas, prides itself in maintaining a staff of knowledgeable, sport-specific employees who provide hands-on, high-level customer service.

The Avon store features a specialized retail team, expert in cycling, boarding and skiing, to assist the beginner, intermediate or expert enthusiast. Sun & Ski will also feature educational and in-the-field events for the public this summer. Bicycle safety, women-only, and triathlon training events are planned for the Avon location.

Sun & Ski Sports’ corporate mission to specialize and departmentalize its stores allows for a comfortable, small-store feel with the advantage of big-store pricing.

“We stick to an old concept: Do a few things, but do them better than anybody else,” said CEO Barry Goldware. “This approach, combined with our knowledgeable staff, gives people more of what they want from a true specialty sports retailer.”

A respected industry leader on the cycling scene, Sun & Ski carries lines including Scott, Haro, Masi and Marin bicycles; Sugoi, Canari, Pearl Izumi and Primal Wear clothing; and Yakima, Giro and Shimano accessories. Additionally, they carry popular winter sport lines such as K2, Nordica, Burton, Ride, Dynastar, The North Face, Volkl, Salomon, Marmot, Orage and Rossignol.

For information, contact Sun & Ski headquarters at 281-340-5000, ext. 167; online customer support at 866-786-3869, or go to the web,

Media Contact:
Gary Griffin
860-676-2300, ext. 131

Sun & Ski Sports Sponsors Annual MS 150 Team

More than 13,000 cyclists, with the help of 3,000 volunteers, will ride 185 miles from Houston to Austin April 17-18 to raise money to fight multiple sclerosis.

These individuals are participating in the 26th annual BP MS 150. The two-day cycling ride that raises money to help people living with MS is the largest fundraising event of its kind in North America. All of the funds raised from these rides go toward research aimed at treating and eventually curing MS. In addition, financial aid is also provided to those in need living with MS in Texas.

Sun & Ski Sports is sponsoring its annual team, and any cyclist may join by purchasing a membership at a Sun & Ski Sports location or on online at As a member of the team, participants receive numerous benefits including professionally designed team jerseys, in-store discounts, a team happy hour once a month, five free training rides sponsored by Sun & Ski Sports, access to the Sun & Ski Sports Team party and sleeping tents at the halfway point in La Grange (free food and massages are provided), luggage transportation from Houston to Austin, and a team celebration in Austin for completing the ride.

For more than 10 years, Sun & Ski Sports has sponsored a BP MS 150 team. In 2009, the team donated more than $452,000 and was ranked the third highest fundraising team overall.

Team Sun & Ski Sports has 340 riders this year and will begin the ride third, due to the high fundraising status. As always, the team aims to raise more than the previous year, says Natalie Moreno, Sun & Ski Sports Promotions and Special Events Manager and MS 150 Team Captain. This year’s goal is to maintain the third highest fundraising spot, she said.

With five stores located in Houston, Sun & Ski Sports sponsors only a team for the BP MS 150 from Houston to Austin. However, with three stores now located in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, Sun & Ski Sports hopes to create a team for the Sam’s Club MS 150 from Frisco to Fort Worth.

For more information, go to Registration for the BP MS150 Sun & Ski Sports Team is $85.00.

Sun & Ski Sports to host its annual “Bike U”

Bike U Houston - Register Online Today

Sun & Ski Sports is calling all cyclists! Whether you’re on a racing team, training for the 2010 BP MS150 or just learning how to ride a bike, Sun & Ski Sports invites to you to attend its annual “Bike U,” Customer Appreciation Weekend, January 22 from 6-10 p.m. and January 23 from 1-4 p.m. at Sun & Ski Sports, 6100 Westheimer.

“Bike U” will feature cycling-specific clinics designed in helping you prepare for training, eating right, riding with more skill, and aiding you to graduate to more challenging events. Hands-on clinics include road maintenance, safety, training, general maintenance, women’s specific, nutrition and MS150 preparation.

Along with the cycling-specific clinics, Sun & Ski Sports will provide free food and drinks, door-prizes will be given away throughout the night and bike manufacture reps will be present to answer any questions you may have about their products.

“Whether you’re a longtime cyclist or brand new to the sport, Bike U provides the latest product information and safety, nutrition and maintenance clinics that help keep everyone safe on the road,” said Dale Mikulan, Sun & Ski Sports Merchandise Manager-Bikes, whose stores sell more bicycles in Houston than any other bike shop in the city.

Are you looking for tips on general bike maintenance? This clinic will equip you for minor derailleur adjustments, drive train lubrication and visual inspections that will have your bike riding easier and smoother.

Safety first is one of the main concerns of riding your bike. The safety clinic will frame your mind, help with road etiquette for fast or slow riders and will provide you with a 12-step program for group cycling.

Cycling is not only a sport for men, but also a sport for women. At the women’s specific clinic, everyone will learn what clothing and equipment is needed for the female body, how to improve the cycling experience for women and how women should respond to sport’s risks.

Does your bike feel uncomfortable or painful when you ride? Improper bike fit can cause serious discomfort, which includes, back pains, burning feet, stabbing knee, sore hands, achy shoulders and a stiff neck. Sun & Ski Sports will offer a free bike fit analysis to every attendee at “Bike U” with its CRM Body Scanning Laser Fit. This will provide you with maximum efficiency and comfort while riding your bike. Be sure to bring your bike!

As part of comfort and efficiency, Sun & Ski Sports will also provide the Look Keo Laser Cleat FIT System. This will properly analyze your pedal stroke along with optimizing your most efficient cleat position.

Visit for a complete schedule of all clinics.

A full-service bike store, Sun & Ski Sports sponsors the third largest fundraising team in the MS Society Lone Star Chapter’s MS 150 and the Tour de Houston and is title sponsor of the Southern Elite Cycling Team (past seven years), Sun & Ski Sports Criterium Races and Sun & Ski Sports Tour de Donut. Known for its highly individualized approach to outfitting cycling experts as well as beginners, the store provides customers free customized bike fits and lifetime adjustments on all bike purchases.

Sun & Ski Sports, the “guide to the great outside,” outfits enthusiasts who ski, run, hike and bike around the world. For further “Bike University” info, contact Natalie Moreno, Promotions & Special Events Manager, (281) 340-5000, ext. 145, or at

Clinic Schedules

Friday, January 22 – Clinic Schedule

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM 8:15 PM – 9:00 PM 9:15 PM – 10:00 PM
Road Side Maintenance General Maintenance Road Side Maintenance General Maintenance
Safety Women Specific MS 150 Prep Nutrition
Training Nutrition Safety Women Specific
General Maintenance MS 150 Prep Training Road Side Maintenance

Saturday, January 23 – Clinic Schedule

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Road Side Maintenance General Maintenance Road Side Maintenance
General Maintenance Road Side Maintenance General Maintenance
MS 150 Prep MS 150 Prep MS 150 Prep

Sun & Ski Donates New Warm Clothing to Star of Hope for Freezing Weekend Weather

Houston – Jan. 6, 2010… Homeless shelters like Star of Hope are filled to capacity and sleeping an additional 50 to 90 people on floor mats at their Women and Family Emergency Shelter. They try to accommodate everyone and give them the safety and protection of being indoors.

Sun & Ski Sports is lending a helping hand by donating 369 pieces of new clothing to assist in keeping these people warm during this arctic blast. Pieces of clothing include insulated ski pants, bibs and jackets.

During the Thanksgiving season, Sun & Ski Sports organizes “Share Your Warmth,” a winter clothing drive that collects new or gently used coats, jackets, sweaters, hats and gloves at their five Houston-area locations. The warm clothing is donated to the Star of Hope. Last year, four and half tons of warm clothing was donated.

Sun & Ski Sports understands the importance of staying warm and wants to support the Star of Hope with this additional donation to comfort the homeless during these below freezing temperatures.

Sun & Ski Sports, the “guide to the great outside,” outfits enthusiasts who ski, run, hike and bike around the world.

For further information, call 281-340-5000, ext. 145 or visit

Sun & Ski Sports Sponsors 6th Annual Wakeboarding Event

H-Town Showdown Wakeboard Tournament

The Gulf Coast Wakeboarding Association along with Houston Watersports Complex and Sun & Ski Sports present the 6th Annual H-Town Showdown Wakeboarding Tournament held at the Houston Watersports Complex, Saturday, July 18 from 9 AM to 6 PM, showcasing the best riders in the state as well as some of the biggest payouts of the year. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Texas Adaptive Aquatics, a non-profit organization, teaching disabled children and adults how to water ski.

Registration will be held on site at 8 AM with a 9 AM start time. The tournament ranges from beginner riders to those trying to qualify for the pro-tour. Levels of riding will be based on demand; the levels currently include Beginner Boys, Beginner Women, Beginner Men, Intermediate Women, Intermediate Men, Advanced, Expert, Outlaw and Wakeskate. Nautique and Sanger will be the official boat sponsors for this year’s tournament, providing riders with some of today’s best tow boats. Events are lined up for participants and spectators, music provided by Wetsounds and DJ Worm, a GCWA raffle, and the Sun & Ski Sports pro shop.

  • Date:
  • Saturday, July 18, 2009
  • 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Address:
  • Houston Watersports Complex
  • 15200 Nautique Way
  • Houston, Tx 77047
  • Phone: (713) 920-2157
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TOMS Shoes – Now Available at Sun & Ski Sports!

Sun & Ski Sports is excited to now be carrying TOMS shoes at many of our retail locations and online at TOMS shoes are unique in that for every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. One for One.

History of TOMS Shoes
Since their beginning in May 2006, TOMS has given over 135,000* pairs of shoes to children in need through the purchases of caring customers. Because of your support, TOMS plans to give over 300,000 pairs of shoes to children in need around the world in 2009.

Their ongoing community events and Shoe Drop Tours allows TOMS supporters and enthusiasts to be part of their One for One movement.

*As of March 1, 2009

Yakima Recall for Quickback 2 and Quickback 3

Yakima has announced a recall on their most recent trunk-mounted bike racks, the Quickback 2 and Quickback 3. There seems to be a defect in the adjustable knobs that needs to be replaced if you purchased your rack with a manufacturing date prior to April 9, 2009.

Here’s the quick version on how Yakima is handling the recall:

  • If the consumer owns a Quickback 2, they can choose either a new Quickback 2 and a $25 check or a King Joe 2 and a $50 check.
  • If the consumer owns a Quickback 3, they can choose either a new Quickback 3 and a $25 check or a King Joe 3 and a $50 check.

Once the consumer fills out their info online, they will be sent a packet containing an envelope; they will remove both red adjustment knobs from the Quickback and send them back to us as proof of ownership and to show the rack has been disabled. Once we have received the packet, a new order will be processed and a check request will be submitted.

For more information, please visit the Yakima recall website.

Cycling Notebook: Using parental guidance (via Houston Chronicle)

Originally posted by Dale Robertson at the Houston Chronicle.

Early on in her training for this weekend’s 25th anniversary BP MS 150, Carolyn Gomez took a nasty fall on her bicycle. It was her first and it really, really hurt, leaving her with multiple abrasions and bruises.

“I wanted to cry,” she admits.

But Gomez kept her tears in check and climbed right back on the bike. No way she was going to not finish that ride, just as there’s no way she’s not going to make it to the La Grange campground Saturday, and into Austin Sunday.

“My mom can’t quit having MS,” Gomez said. “She can’t quit being confined to a wheel chair. So quitting is not an option for me, either.”

The 35-year-old Harris County Justice of the Peace Court 2-1 clerk ranks among the rawest of MS 150 rookies. Training only since January, she will set out Saturday morning having never pedaled more than 20 miles on a single ride. Still, as will be the case for so many of the expected 13,000 on the road, the hope of finding a cure for multiple sclerosis will serve as a virtual tailwind, an extra gear pushing her toward the finish line at the state capital.

She’s a realist. She expects to be far closer to the broom wagon than what the French call the “tête de la course” – the head of the pack. There’s no way, however, that she’s going to SAG either day, even if she misses the time deadline.

“They’ll have to chase me,” she said. “I’m not getting off the bicycle until I finish.”

Gomez’ mother, Irene Valdez, was diagnosed with MS 14 years ago and has been confined to a wheel chair since 1998. Mom was moved by her daughter’s plans on her behalf, but also fearful.

“She told me, ‘You don’t even have a bicycle! You’ve never done anything like this. You’ll get hurt. What if you can’t finish?’ ” Gomez said. “But I finally convinced her everything would be all right.

“I’m excited and nervous, too, but I don’t know what I’m nervous about because I don’t know what to expect. I compare it to giving birth to my daughter four years ago. I didn’t know what that would be like, either.”

Several of her office colleagues agreed to ride with her, and it didn’t take them all long to conclude that joining an experienced team would be a wise idea. Gomez signed on with one of the best, Sun & Ski Sports, and says team captain Casey Chapman has been invaluable in allaying her fears about the challenge ahead.

“I know I’m going to be really tired, and I know my butt is going to hurt,” she said, “but I’m going to finish.”

Sun & Ski Sports ‘Cycling Slimdown’ Duo Wayne & Anna To Compete on Houston Reality TV Show on KHOU-TV Ch. 11

HOUSTON, TX — Feb. 13, 2009… Houston’s Sun & Ski Sports Cycling Slimdown duo Anna Rocha and Wayne Dolezal ( one of the ten teams competing in the Houston reality TV show “The Great Raise Houston.” The four-hour program, produced in Houston in HD, airs February 21 and 28, 7-9 p.m. on KHOU(CBS)-TV/DT Channel 11.

Viewers will have the opportunity to race around Houston with ten teams as they run, jump, dive, fly and speed throughout the Bayou City on a three-day, 350-mile trek. Adventure sports outfitter Sun & Ski Sports ( supplied kayaks and bicycles for two of the challenges for the contestants.

The teams, including Sun & Ski Sports Cycling Slimdown duo Wayne and Anna; a tiara-wearing stand-out from “The Bachelor;” a Playmate turned Playboy Scout; and a newlywed neuropsychologist, will kayak on the bayou, kick up their heels with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, cycle to the Forbidden Gardens, skydive and more. The contestants rely on creativity and common sense to stay in the race.

Houston couple Joyce and Uchenna Agu, outfitted by Sun & Ski Sports for the seventh season of CBS’s reality hit “The Amazing Race” and its $1 million prize winners, created “The Great Raise Houston.” The 14th installment of “The Amazing Race” premieres February 15 on Ch. 11.

“This race is a virtual post card for Houston, much like “The Amazing Race” was a post card for the world,” says Uchenna Agu.

On top of the physical and mental challenges, each team is raising funds for two charities – Houston Food Bank – Kid’s Cafe and Casa de Esperanza.

“We are committed to raising awareness and funds to provide support for charitable organizations that positively impact the community in favor of child development,” says Joyce Agu. “By utilizing our celebrity gained from the “Amazing Race” experience, we are on a mission to help children in order to cultivate and develop a stronger future for our communities, our country and ultimately the world.”

So, is the ultimate victor in “The Great Raise Houston” the team that crosses the finish line first or the team that raises the most money for the non-profit beneficiaries? Tune in and see Houston as you have never seen it before.

For more information about the “The Great Raise Houston,” Sun & Ski Cycling Slimdown duo Wayne & Anna, or to donate to the benefiting charities, visit