Sun & Ski Sports Cycling Slim Down with Wayne & Anna

What: Two Houstonians joining Team Sun & Ski for the MS 150’s 25th anniversary who are workout partners starting training this week as a weight loss challenge and to raise awareness and funds for multiple sclerosis.

Who: Wayne Dolezal and Anna Rocha, who each weighed in Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 270 pounds, will train for and cycle in the MS150 as a way to both support MS and to start the New Year with healthy, physically fit lifestyles.

When: They were custom fitted for their Marin bikes Tuesday, Jan. 6) at 4:30 p.m. at Sun & Ski Sports, 6100 Westheimer. Wayne and Anna will also be at Sun & Ski Sports Bike U Jan. 23-24 to attend the free cycling education seminars and to give status updates on how their training is going. Their MS 150 cycling coach will be Steve Moskowitz, Conoco Phillips MS 150 Team Captain. Their fitness coach is Mark Leblanc, president of the WELLFIT Group.

Why: Wayne will be riding the MS 150 in honor of a friend’s daughter, Steph, who has MS. Wayne explained, “I became aware of the disease from a friend’s daughter, who was diagnosed with MS four years ago at the age of 19. Steph lives a healthy lifestyle, is a good person, and still she has the random disease of MS. She began riding in the MS 150 3 years ago, and is a true champion for the cause. Steph does everything she can with medication, exercise, and diet to fight the effects on a daily basis. Her resilience is, and will always be, an inspiration to me. I hope that, with the help of Sun and Ski, I can both lose weight as well as raise money for a great organization to help the tens of thousands of Americans living with MS.”
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Wayne and Anna
I met Anna 6 years ago through a mutual friend. We became close about 2 years ago, when she said we needed to be more active. I purchased a Haro bike from Sun and Ski Sports and began riding immediately. My first time out at Memorial Park, we rode 10 miles. And I felt that 10 miles in my groin for the next week. I always thought the bikers wore bike shorts because it made them look cool, not because they were padded. Boy was I wrong! I went back to Sun and Ski, purchased bike shorts and a Camel Pack, and I was good to go. Anna and I rode in about 5 bicycle rallies that spring, and continued to do so the year after. Unfortunately, we never exercised outside of the Saturdays for those rallies, and never rode in enough rallies to lose a significant amount of weight.

This year, when I turned 30, I took stock of my life, decided it was good, and wanted to continue living life. I don’t want potential health ailments relating to obesity to take my life away from me. With Anna as my work out partner, I look forward to conquering my weight demons and living a healthy, active lifestyle. We have decided that we will do whatever it takes to ride in the MS 150. It’s a remarkable cause for charity. Every mile pedaled equals not only a healthier heartbeat, but valuable dollars to research the cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

I became aware of the disease from a friend’s daughter, who was diagnosed with MS 4 years ago at the age of 19. Steph lives a healthy lifestyle, is a good person, and still she has the random disease of MS. She began riding in the MS 150 3 years ago, and is a true champion for the cause. Steph does everything she can with medication, exercise, and diet to fight the effects on a daily basis. Her resilience is, and will always be, an inspiration to me. I hope that, with the help of Sun and Ski, I can both lose weight as well as raise money for a great organization to help the tens of thousands of Americans living with MS.

As you can tell from my biography, I have always wanted big things in life, just not a big waist. I didn’t get that million dollars, nor do “hot chicks” follow me around, but I would not change a minute of my life. I am, after all, funny and fat. But I really want to be fit!

Sun & Ski Sports
Sun & Ski Sports specializes in making customers’ outdoor adventure sports dreams come true by outfitting them with quality merchandise, exceptional service and outstanding values in five select sports categories — ski (snow and water), bicycling, skating, running and camping. This highly focused concept allows Sun & Ski to offer a small store feel, yet with big store competitive pricing – the best of both worlds.

Philosophy: “Do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.”

History: Founded in Houston in 1980 by Barry Goldware, president/CEO

Five stores in Houston area; three in Dallas area; and one each in Austin, San Antonio, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Cincinnati and Nashville. The company owns three Ski Chalet stores in Arlington, VA, Chantilly, VA and Gaithersburg, MD, and a Ski Stop store in Plainview, NY.

Free “Bike U” for Cyclists Set for Jan. 23-24, 2009

Houston – Dec. 5, 2008. . . .Sun & Ski Sports will kick cyclists’ training for the 25th anniversary MS 150 charity bike ride into first gear with its annual “Bike University” Open House Friday, January 23, 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, January 24, noon-6 p.m. at Sun & Ski Sports, 6100 Westheimer. The free event, open to the public, will feature customized bike fit sessions, cycling courses, clinics and hands-on demonstrations to enhance cyclists’ safety and overall bike riding experience.

“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.

“Bike University” will feature close to thirty 30-minute presentations led by cycling, fitness and nutrition experts on road safety, maintenance, bike fit analysis, training, nutrition and women’s specific cycling clinics. The program will offer the CRM body scanning laser fit and an “on your bike” fit evaluation at the store’s customized fit station. Sun & Ski Sports’ permanent fit station customizes the bike’s seat height, cockpit length and knee-to-pedal relationship to allow for the customer’s ultimate comfort and power on his or her bike, enabling them to ride further and faster while expending less energy.

There will be cycling-oriented door prize give-aways every two hours.

Instructors include representatives from such premier manufacturers as Marin Bicycles (Houston exclusive of Sun & Ski Sports); Masi Bicycles; Look; and Scott Bicycles – including the “Addict R3,” ($3,599.99, equipped with Shimano Ultegra SL components; Shimano Components and Shoes; cycling apparel by Pearl Izumi, Sugoi, She Beast, Zoots, Canari Cyclewear and Giradono; and accessories by Yakima (bike racks), Mavic, Polar, Continental Tires, Surfas, Giro, Black Burn, Rav X and Shimano.

The “Bike U” complete course schedule is listed on www.sunandski.com and includes.

Maintenance Clinics
Flat Fix and Wheel Truing; Break and Gear Adjustments

Training For a Two-Day Ride

Cycling Safety Clinic
Safety is a Frame of Mind; Ride Etiquette for Slower and Faster Riders; and Group Cycling Safety 12-Step Program

Bike Fit Analysis
Complimentary CRM Body Scanning Laser Fit and “On Your Bike” Fit Evaluation for Maximum Efficiency and Comfort. Be sure to bring your bike.

A-Line Foot Alignment System; Free Evaluation
Laser Aligns Feet for Maximum Pedaling Efficiency

Women’s Cycling Clinic
What Women Need for Cycling; Women’s specific products and why they need them; and How to improve the cycling experience for women

Nutrition Seminar
What to eat two weeks out, one week out and during the ride

MS 150 Weekend Prep
Veteran Tips for the Weekend
What to pack & what to expect

A full-service bike store, Sun & Ski Sports sponsors the fourth largest fundraising team in the MS Society Lone Star Chapter’s MS 150 and Tour de Houston and is title sponsor of the Southern Elite Cycling Team (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 its bikes with bike purchase.

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 T.J. Jones, Sun & Ski Sports Corporate Bike Coordinator, (281) 340-5000, ext. 128, or visit www.sunandski.com.

Food Provided by Buffalo Wild Wings Bar & Grill
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Sun & Ski Sports Announces Baggage Bail-Out $50 Rebate

Offer Available Through Mar. 31, 2009

Houston, TX — Nov. 26, 2008 — With the 2008-09 winter ski and snowboarding trips fast approaching, Sun & Ski Sports has announced the store’s first-ever “Baggage Bail-Out” rebate to help assuage concerns over the airline industry’s new checked baggage fees. The Houston-based outdoor adventure sports outfitter will offer its customers a $50 rebate on purchases of new snow skis or snowboards, with proof of minimum purchase from Sun & Ski and current travel voucher and lift ticket from a snowbound destination.

The “Baggage Bail-Out” promotion is good through March 31, 2009.

“Basically we’ll pick up one round-trip tab for our customers’ checked bags when they purchase their winter sports gear at Sun & Ski Sports and go skiing or snowboarding this season,” explained Sun & Ski Sports CEO Barry Goldware. The rebate will be in the form of a $50 Sun & Ski Sports gift card.

In today’s market, the standard fee for a second checked bag, such as for snow skis or snowboards, is $25 per trip. The fee applies to the purchase of economy tickets for travel anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.

Sun & Ski Sports carries such ski gear lines as K2, Volki and Nordica and Rossignol, and snowboards by Burton, Ride and K2.

There are five Sun & Ski Sports stores in the Houston area; three in the Dallas area; and one each in Austin; San Antonio, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Cincinnati and Nashville. The company owns three Ski Chalet stores in Arlington, VA, Chantilly, VA and Gaithersburg, MD, and a Ski Stop store in Plainview, NY. Its interactive e-commerce websites (www.sunandski.com and www.skichalet.com) boast more than 3,500 specialty products representing 100 brands.

For information, contact the headquarters’ office (281) 340-5000, ext. 167; online customer support 1-866-786-3869 or go to the web, www.sunandski.com.

Sun & Ski Sports to Open Two Stores in Dallas Market

Houston, TX – August 12, 2008. . . . . Houston-based Sun & Ski Sports, known as the “guide to the great outside,” is bucking the prevailing retail economic indicators by opening two new stores this year representing more than 40,000 square feet of retail space. Both stores are located in the Dallas market.

The 19-store adventure sports retailer will unveil a 26,000-square-foot-store at 1100 West Arbrook Road at Plaza at the Parks in South Arlington August 15 (photo attached) and a 16,000-square-foot store at I-75 and Royal Street in the Royal Crossing shopping center in the North Park area in mid-November. The dual expansion marks the first new Sun & Ski stores to open since 2001 and will add approximately 80 to 100 new jobs in the Dallas marketplace during the height of the holiday season.

“Dallas is a great market where we are not well represented,” said Sun & Ski Sports CEO Barry Goldware, who founded the specialty sporting store chain 27 years ago. “Contrary to popular opinion, we think this is good time to expand because the slower economy affords better real estate deals. We have confidence in the mid- to long-term, and feel these stores should be very successful.”

The company currently has one store in the Metroplex — at Grapevine Mills.

Both Dallas-area stores have been designed with energy efficiency in mind, including P-5 lighting, which uses approx 25 to 30 percent of the electricity of Sun & Ski Sports’ previous stores. The architect is Castles Design Group of Houston.

In the age of the big box sporting goods retailer, Sun & Ski Sports focuses only on five strategic sports categories — skiing (snow and water), bicycling, skating, running and camping. The company hires individuals with years of experience in their respective fields for its specialized retail team: expert snow and water skiers, champion-level cyclists, hard-core runners and campers, and gravity-defying skateboarders and skaters. The staff guides customers to purchase the appropriate sports wear and level of equipment, selecting specific gear for the beginner, intermediate or more experienced sporting enthusiast.

“We stick to an old concept – do a few things, but do them better than anybody else,” notes Goldware. By providing hands-on, high-level customer service and state-of-the-art clothing, equipment and accessories in these specific areas, Sun & Ski helps customers get the most from their sports adventures.
Through its online social network, MOJO (My Outdoor Journey Outpost), Sun & Ski gives customers a platform to share their outdoor sports adventures with each other, whether it’s skiing, cycling, skating, running or camping,

Sun & Ski Sports’ corporate mission to specialize and departmentalize its stores allows for a comfortable, small-store feel. However, with 19 locations plus a 3,500-item strong e-commerce website, Sun & Ski offers big-store competitive pricing. It is the best of both worlds – the feel and service of a specialty shop with the buying power of a chain.

Sun & Ski organizes events in the store and in the field throughout the year. A respected industry leader on the cycling scene – its lines include Scott, Haro, Masi and Marin bicycles; Sugoi, Canari, Pearl Izumi and Primal Wear clothing; and Yakima, Giro and Shimano accessories — Sun & Ski Sports sponsors cycling education and weekly safety seminars.

There are five Sun & Ski Sports stores in the Houston area; and one each in Austin, Grapevine, TX; San Antonio, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Cincinnati and Nashville. The company owns three Ski Chalet stores in Arlington, VA, Chantilly, VA and Gaithersburg, MD, and a Ski Stop store in Plainview, NY. Its interactive e-commerce websites (www.sunandski.com and www.skichalet.com) boast more than 3,500 specialty products representing 100 brands.

For information, contact the headquarters’ office (281) 340-5000, ext. 167; online customer support 1-866-786-3869 or go to the web, www.sunandski.com.