B&H Photo Offers Outstanding Savings on Canon, Nikon and Sony Cameras and Lenses

NEW YORK, NY—(Marketwired – December 11, 2017) – B&H continues to offer outstanding savings and deals this holiday season, most recently with its new Save–More–Green Monday campaign.

Canon Lenses Savings Up–To $300.00 savings:

Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8 II USM Lens

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/486708–USA/Canon_1910B002AA_EF_16_35mm_f_2_8L_II.html

The Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens, a high performance, water–resistant, ultra wide–angle L–series zoom lens. An f/2.8 maximum aperture is effective in low light situations and offers shallow depth of field focus control. The optical design has been improved to offer better edge–to–edge image quality. In addition, it features 3 high–precision aspherical lens elements, each of a different type: ground, replica and GMo. Its ultrasonic motor (USM) and improved AF algorithms will help the lens to focus faster and quieter. Precise manual focus is supported even in One Shot AF mode and a truly round aperture results in pleasing background blur.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/647011–USA/Canon_3554B002_EF_100mm_f_2_8L_Macro.html

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens is the L–series version of Canon's popular 100mm Macro lens. As an L–series lens it offers the utmost in optical construction, including ultra–low dispersion lens elements and moisture and dustproof seal structure on the barrel. Its 100mm focal length is effective for portraiture and other telephoto applications and as a macro lens with 1:1 magnification and a 12″ minimum focus distance, it is ideal for life–size close–up imaging.

Sony Cameras and Lenses Savings of Up–To $500.00

Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16–50mm and 55–210mm Lenses Kit

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1349039–REG/sony_alpha_a6500_mirrorless_digital.html

Start your image making journey with the tools to capture a wide range of subjects by picking up this Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16–50mm and 55–210mm Lenses Kit from B&H. It bundles the 24MP and UHD 4K shooting camera with the E PZ 16–50mm f/3.5–5.6 OSS and E 55–210mm f/4.5–6.3 OSS lenses to provide wide angle to equivalent telephoto zoom ranges of 24–75mm and 82.5–315mm, respectively.

Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16–50mm and 55–210mm Lenses and Free Accessory Kit

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1326415–REG/sony_alpha_a6300_mirrorless_digital.html

Comprising the essential components needed to begin shooting, the Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16–50mm and 55–210mm Lenses and Free Accessory Kit from B&H bundles the versatile camera body with a pair of zoom lenses, a 64GB SDHC memory card, a spare rechargeable lithium–ion battery, and a protective shoulder bag.

See all Sony Savings and deals, here https://www.bhphotovideo.com/sony–savings/deals

Find More B&H Green Monday Savings here https://www.bhphotovideo.com/green–monday/deals

About B&H Photo Video

As the world's largest source of photography lenses, video, and audio equipment, as well as computers, drones, and home and portable entertainment, B&H is known worldwide for its attentive, knowledgeable sales force and excellent customer service, including fast, reliable shipping. B&H has been satisfying customers worldwide for 40 years.

Visitors to the website can access a variety of educational videos and enlightening articles. The B and H YouTube Channel has an unmatched wealth of educational content. Our entertaining and informative videos feature product overviews from our in–house specialists. You can view the B&H Event Space presentations from many of the world's foremost experts and interviews with some of technology's most dynamic characters. Tap into this exciting resource by subscribing to the B&H YouTube Channel here. In addition to videos, the B&H Explora blog presents new product announcements, gear reviews, helpful guides, and tech news written by product experts and industry professionals.

When you're in Manhattan, take a tour of the B&H Photo SuperStore, located at 420 Ninth Avenue. The techno–carousel spins all year round at the counters and kiosks at B&H. With hundreds of products on display, the B&H Photo SuperStore is the place to test–drive and compare all the latest gear.

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B&H Photo Offers Outstanding Savings on Canon, Nikon and Sony Cameras and Lenses

NEW YORK, NY—(Marketwired – December 11, 2017) – B&H continues to offer outstanding savings and deals this holiday season, most recently with its new Save–More–Green Monday campaign.

Canon Lenses Savings Up–To $300.00 savings:

Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8 II USM Lens

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/486708–USA/Canon_1910B002AA_EF_16_35mm_f_2_8L_II.html

The Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens, a high performance, water–resistant, ultra wide–angle L–series zoom lens. An f/2.8 maximum aperture is effective in low light situations and offers shallow depth of field focus control. The optical design has been improved to offer better edge–to–edge image quality. In addition, it features 3 high–precision aspherical lens elements, each of a different type: ground, replica and GMo. Its ultrasonic motor (USM) and improved AF algorithms will help the lens to focus faster and quieter. Precise manual focus is supported even in One Shot AF mode and a truly round aperture results in pleasing background blur.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/647011–USA/Canon_3554B002_EF_100mm_f_2_8L_Macro.html

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens is the L–series version of Canon's popular 100mm Macro lens. As an L–series lens it offers the utmost in optical construction, including ultra–low dispersion lens elements and moisture and dustproof seal structure on the barrel. Its 100mm focal length is effective for portraiture and other telephoto applications and as a macro lens with 1:1 magnification and a 12″ minimum focus distance, it is ideal for life–size close–up imaging.

Sony Cameras and Lenses Savings of Up–To $500.00

Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16–50mm and 55–210mm Lenses Kit

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1349039–REG/sony_alpha_a6500_mirrorless_digital.html

Start your image making journey with the tools to capture a wide range of subjects by picking up this Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16–50mm and 55–210mm Lenses Kit from B&H. It bundles the 24MP and UHD 4K shooting camera with the E PZ 16–50mm f/3.5–5.6 OSS and E 55–210mm f/4.5–6.3 OSS lenses to provide wide angle to equivalent telephoto zoom ranges of 24–75mm and 82.5–315mm, respectively.

Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16–50mm and 55–210mm Lenses and Free Accessory Kit

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1326415–REG/sony_alpha_a6300_mirrorless_digital.html

Comprising the essential components needed to begin shooting, the Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16–50mm and 55–210mm Lenses and Free Accessory Kit from B&H bundles the versatile camera body with a pair of zoom lenses, a 64GB SDHC memory card, a spare rechargeable lithium–ion battery, and a protective shoulder bag.

See all Sony Savings and deals, here https://www.bhphotovideo.com/sony–savings/deals

Find More B&H Green Monday Savings here https://www.bhphotovideo.com/green–monday/deals

About B&H Photo Video

As the world's largest source of photography lenses, video, and audio equipment, as well as computers, drones, and home and portable entertainment, B&H is known worldwide for its attentive, knowledgeable sales force and excellent customer service, including fast, reliable shipping. B&H has been satisfying customers worldwide for 40 years.

Visitors to the website can access a variety of educational videos and enlightening articles. The B and H YouTube Channel has an unmatched wealth of educational content. Our entertaining and informative videos feature product overviews from our in–house specialists. You can view the B&H Event Space presentations from many of the world's foremost experts and interviews with some of technology's most dynamic characters. Tap into this exciting resource by subscribing to the B&H YouTube Channel here. In addition to videos, the B&H Explora blog presents new product announcements, gear reviews, helpful guides, and tech news written by product experts and industry professionals.

When you're in Manhattan, take a tour of the B&H Photo SuperStore, located at 420 Ninth Avenue. The techno–carousel spins all year round at the counters and kiosks at B&H. With hundreds of products on display, the B&H Photo SuperStore is the place to test–drive and compare all the latest gear.

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B&H Photo Offers Outstanding Savings on Canon, Nikon and Sony Cameras and Lenses

NEW YORK, NY—(Marketwired – December 11, 2017) – B&H continues to offer outstanding savings and deals this holiday season, most recently with its new Save–More–Green Monday campaign.

Canon Lenses Savings Up–To $300.00 savings:

Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8 II USM Lens

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/486708–USA/Canon_1910B002AA_EF_16_35mm_f_2_8L_II.html

The Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens, a high performance, water–resistant, ultra wide–angle L–series zoom lens. An f/2.8 maximum aperture is effective in low light situations and offers shallow depth of field focus control. The optical design has been improved to offer better edge–to–edge image quality. In addition, it features 3 high–precision aspherical lens elements, each of a different type: ground, replica and GMo. Its ultrasonic motor (USM) and improved AF algorithms will help the lens to focus faster and quieter. Precise manual focus is supported even in One Shot AF mode and a truly round aperture results in pleasing background blur.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/647011–USA/Canon_3554B002_EF_100mm_f_2_8L_Macro.html

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens is the L–series version of Canon's popular 100mm Macro lens. As an L–series lens it offers the utmost in optical construction, including ultra–low dispersion lens elements and moisture and dustproof seal structure on the barrel. Its 100mm focal length is effective for portraiture and other telephoto applications and as a macro lens with 1:1 magnification and a 12″ minimum focus distance, it is ideal for life–size close–up imaging.

Sony Cameras and Lenses Savings of Up–To $500.00

Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16–50mm and 55–210mm Lenses Kit

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1349039–REG/sony_alpha_a6500_mirrorless_digital.html

Start your image making journey with the tools to capture a wide range of subjects by picking up this Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16–50mm and 55–210mm Lenses Kit from B&H. It bundles the 24MP and UHD 4K shooting camera with the E PZ 16–50mm f/3.5–5.6 OSS and E 55–210mm f/4.5–6.3 OSS lenses to provide wide angle to equivalent telephoto zoom ranges of 24–75mm and 82.5–315mm, respectively.

Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16–50mm and 55–210mm Lenses and Free Accessory Kit

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1326415–REG/sony_alpha_a6300_mirrorless_digital.html

Comprising the essential components needed to begin shooting, the Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16–50mm and 55–210mm Lenses and Free Accessory Kit from B&H bundles the versatile camera body with a pair of zoom lenses, a 64GB SDHC memory card, a spare rechargeable lithium–ion battery, and a protective shoulder bag.

See all Sony Savings and deals, here https://www.bhphotovideo.com/sony–savings/deals

Find More B&H Green Monday Savings here https://www.bhphotovideo.com/green–monday/deals

About B&H Photo Video

As the world's largest source of photography lenses, video, and audio equipment, as well as computers, drones, and home and portable entertainment, B&H is known worldwide for its attentive, knowledgeable sales force and excellent customer service, including fast, reliable shipping. B&H has been satisfying customers worldwide for 40 years.

Visitors to the website can access a variety of educational videos and enlightening articles. The B and H YouTube Channel has an unmatched wealth of educational content. Our entertaining and informative videos feature product overviews from our in–house specialists. You can view the B&H Event Space presentations from many of the world's foremost experts and interviews with some of technology's most dynamic characters. Tap into this exciting resource by subscribing to the B&H YouTube Channel here. In addition to videos, the B&H Explora blog presents new product announcements, gear reviews, helpful guides, and tech news written by product experts and industry professionals.

When you're in Manhattan, take a tour of the B&H Photo SuperStore, located at 420 Ninth Avenue. The techno–carousel spins all year round at the counters and kiosks at B&H. With hundreds of products on display, the B&H Photo SuperStore is the place to test–drive and compare all the latest gear.

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Rainmaker Announces Support for Young Riders and Future Entrepreneurs in South Africa

BUCKINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM—(Marketwired – Dec 7, 2017) – Rainmaker Solutions, the digital business transformation specialist, is delighted to announce its support for the Team Bäckstedt HotChillee Development Rider Programme in South Africa.

Team Bäckstedt HotChillee aims to foster young cycling talent in South Africa and Europe, and create a pathway into the pro peloton through a combination of coaching, mentoring, performance testing and racing, with the support of Velokhaya Cycling Academy, Cape Town Giants and others.

As well as providing funding through its charitable Buffalo Foundation, Rainmaker will support Team Bäckstedt HotChillee through the Rainmaker Academy, providing IT support and skills training to equip riders for the future workplace by teaching them to code and developing programming skills.

Buffalo Foundation also supports the KWANO Cycling Academy, which uses cycling as a catalyst to uplift and transform the lives of disadvantaged children and communities in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, with equipment and funding to pay for after–school teachers.

To mark the occasion, young riders from KWANO were invited to attend the Team Bäckstedt HotChillee Young Rider Summit in Cape Town, to share experiences and hear motivational stories from pro riders, including Team Dimension Data's Nic Dlamini.

During the summit, Wattbike donated two of its Wattbike Pro bikes, currently used by the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, and many leading sports teams around the world, to the KWANO Academy to help the young riders with their training. It is hoped that many of the KWANO riders will progress to join Team Bäckstedt HotChillee in the future.

Jan Joubert, CEO of Rainmaker Solutions, said: “Cycling provides an opportunity to make a positive difference to the children's lives. The attributes they learn from sport – the importance of hard work, being part of a team, integrity, discipline and accountability – are the same attributes that we look for in business. By giving them additional job skills that will be so important in the future, whether they become pro cyclists or future entrepreneurs, everyone wins.”

Richard Baker, Managing Director at Wattbike, added: “Having the opportunity to support the children at KWANO, alongside our existing support for Team Bäckstedt HotChillee, and to be part of the journey of these young men and women is something we are very proud to be involved with.”

To watch a video of Rainmaker's work in South Africa, visit https://youtu.be/v0JJKKGpfxA.

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Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles Make U.S. Consumer Debut at LA Auto Show

CYPRESS, CA—(Marketwired – December 01, 2017) – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, (YMUS) is bringing its all–new power assist electric bicycle (e–Bike) prototype models to the Los Angeles Auto Show December 1–10 as part of the “Yamaha Garage” display.

This will be the first time Yamaha shows the all–new prototype models in a consumer setting and only the second time the bikes have been on display since the Interbike trade show in September, when Yamaha announced the “Power Assist Bicycles” brand and that it will be entering the U.S. e–Bike market in 2018.

Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles will display four prototype models at the Los Angeles Auto Show:

  • UrbanRush, providing a balance of power, stiffness, and speed in a sleek road bike chassis.
  • YDX–TORC, an agile XC mountain bike with aggressive performance and fast response.
  • CrossCore, a fitness hybrid design for efficiency and ergonomic comfort.
  • CrossConnect, an everyday recreation–utility for those that want to take their gear with them.

The models can also be seen at www.yamahabicycles.com, and people can sign up for emails to receive more information when product specs and details are announced.

Yamaha Motor Company, Ltd. (YMC) launched the world's first electrically power assisted bicycle in 1993 and has since produced more than 4 million drive units and sold over 2 million Yamaha power assist bicycles. YMC supplies class–leading e–Bike Systems to select OEM partners worldwide.

Yamaha Power Assist bicycles provide a natural assist feel powered by drive units that have undergone constant evolution through decades of engineering and innovation based on customer feedback. Yamaha's Triple Sensor System found in PWseries and PW–X system incorporates frictionless sensors that measure the rider's pedal–torque, bicycle speed and crank arm cadence in real–time with tremendous precision. This design results in a drive unit that provides one of the most refined and natural rides available. Interbike awarded the PW–X motor with a “2017 Interbike Electric Product Innovation Award.”

Yamaha's power assist bicycle product line is scheduled to be available at U.S. dealers starting in 2018.

Learn more at www.yamahabicycles.com and follow Yamaha at www.facebook.com/yamahabicycles and on @yamahabicycles on Instagram and YouTube.

About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, (YMUS) headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, is a leader in the outdoor recreation market. The company's ever–expanding product offerings include Power Assist Bicycles, ATV and Side–by–Side vehicles, motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, golf cars, accessories, apparel and much more.

Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles, visit www.yamahabicycles.com.

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Yamaha Garage Returns to the Los Angeles Auto Show

LOS ANGELES, CA—(Marketwired – December 01, 2017) – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, (YMUS) and Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) have partnered for the second straight year to bring together the most comprehensive and diverse display of Yamaha motorsports and music products for the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, December 1–10 in downtown Los Angeles.

The “One Yamaha” display in “The Yamaha Garage” presents a diverse collection of Yamaha manufactured products – from motorized vehicles including Side–by–Side vehicles, motorcycles, watercraft, outboard motors, snowmobiles, electric–assist powered bicycles, concept dirt track race cars, unmanned helicopters, golf cars and more, to a vast range of music and professional audio equipment.

Visitors to The Yamaha Garage will be able to witness the range of products in unique and interactive displays that allow gear, gadget, motorsports and music enthusiasts to touch and feel the products, as well as to talk to Yamaha employees and product experts about the various models on display.

Last year's One Yamaha display unveiled at the show illustrated to the world just how diverse and varied Yamaha products have become.

“Yamaha is truly one of a kind in its expansive product line and passion that spans every lifestyle and every age,” said Bob Starr, YMUS corporate communications manager. “We are excited to bring so many Yamaha product segments together under one roof at the Los Angeles Auto Show for our second year as we continue to communicate the company's commitment to manufacturing the most robust and varied line of powersports, mobility, music and audio products that's ever been assembled under a single brand.”

“What better exemplifies the Yamaha Garage than Yamaha Motor products and a Live Garage Band,” said David Jewell, YCA Marketing Communications Manager. “Also, if anyone has ever had a desire to try and play a guitar or piano, this show is where they can do it. We expect to create many new music makers and motor enthusiasts.”

More information on all Yamaha products can be found at https://www.yamahamotorsports.com and http://usa.yamaha.com.

Follow Yamaha Corporation of America at www.facebook.com/YamahaMusicUSA, www.twitter.com/YamahaMusicUSA and www.instagram.com/YamahaMusicUSA #YamahaMusic, #iPlayYamaha

Follow Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, at www.facebook.com/yamahamotorusa, www.twitter.com/yamahamotorusa and www.instagram.com/yamahamotorusa #Yamaha #YamahaMotor #YamahaMotorUSA

About Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA)
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award–winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement, commercial installation and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and NEXO commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Music Cast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu–ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home–theater–in–a–box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.

About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA (YMUS)
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, (YMUS) a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side–by–Side vehicles. The company's ever–expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.yamahamotorsports.com.

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Colorado's Renowned and Under the Radar Festivals Not to Be Missed in 2018

DENVER, CO—(Marketwired – November 30, 2017) – One of the most exciting times to visit Colorado is when its destinations are bustling with festival excitement. Below is a sampling of some of Colorado's renowned and under the radar festivals offered throughout the year. For more information, visit http://www.colorado.com.

Aspen:

You might know about Wintersköl™ (January 11–14, 2018). Aspen's annual four–day celebration features on and off mountain activities, festivals, fireworks, free and nearly free events for the entire family.

But have you heard about the Mac N Cheese Festival (September 8, 2018)? Taking place on Aspen's “Restaurant Row,” the 8th annual Mac N Cheese festival will showcase a sample of the best Mac N Cheese creations in the Aspen area.

Breckenridge:

You might know about the International Snow Sculpture Championships (January 22–29, 2018). The 28th annual International Snow Sculpture Championships bring snow sculpture artists from around the world to transform 12–foot–tall, 25–ton blocks of snow into sculptures using only hand tools.

But have you heard about Still on the Hill: Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival (2018 October Dates TBD)? Craft spirit enthusiasts can take part in a grand tasting of handcrafted spirits, craft cocktails and artisanal bites along with mixology workshops, historical walking tours, ghost tours and scavenger hunts.

Colorado Springs:

You might know about the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off (September 1–3, 2018). Colorado's largest balloon festival features 50+ pilots taking to the skies, woodcarving and donut eating contests, live entertainment, skydiving demonstrations, balloon rides and much more.

But have you heard about the Bighorn Sheep Festival (February 10, 2018)? Wildlife enthusiasts can look for bighorn sheep through high–powered telescopes and take part in guided nature walks, children's activities and crafts, zoo activities and more.

Denver:

You might know about the Great American Beer Festival (September 20–22, 2018).The Great American Beer Festival is the largest beer festival in the world; and each year, it represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served. The festival brings together brewers and diverse beers from across the nation.

But have you heard about Collaboration Fest (March 31, 2018)? Collaboration Fest features brews that are a result of collaborations between two or more breweries from around the world.

Durango:

You might know about the Cowboy Poetry Gathering (October 4–7, 2018). The Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a celebration of the rich culture and heritage of the American cowboy. Nationally acclaimed cowboy poets, storytellers and musicians perform both traditional and contemporary poems and songs that tell authentic stories of life in the West.

But have you heard about the San Juan Brewfest (August 25, 2018)? The 20th anniversary of the Four Corners' biggest beer tasting festival will showcase 50 breweries, each highlighting at least two beers.

Eastern Plains:

You might know about the High Plains Snow Goose Festival (February 8–11, 2018). The 16th Annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival takes place in several counties across Colorado's eastern plains. Activities at the festival include guided birding tours, arts and crafts fair, birding workshops and more.

But have you heard about the Annual Spring Farm Festival (May TBD, 2018)?

Taking place at Caramel Apple Farm in Bennett, this event showcases businesses and animal rescues of the eastern plains. Attendees can visit with goats, donkeys, pigs, chickens and those cute alpacas.

Frisco:

You might know about the Colorado BBQ Challenge (June 14–16, 2018). Colorado's longest–running barbeque competition extends more than six blocks on Frisco's Main Street, featuring live music, pig races, kids' activities, a firefighter cook–off, chef demos, a Breckenridge Distillery Whiskey tour and more.

But have you heard about Wassail Days (December 2018 Dates TBD)? Wassail Days is a weeklong celebration of the winter and holiday season and wassail, a traditional warm Old English apple cider. Frisco's Main Street businesses work to perfect their own iterations of this holiday staple.

Leadville:

You might know about the Leadville Skijoring & Crystal Carnival Weekend (March 2–4, 2018). The 2018 Skijoring and Crystal Carnival Weekend hosts the unique sport of skijoring, an action–packed sport where a horse and rider race down snow–packed road pulling a skier, plus mountain bike and Nordic ski races, a paintball biathlon and more.

But have you heard about the Father Dyer Postal Route Ski Race (April 7, 2018)? North America's highest backcountry ski race is a ski mountaineering team race held each April in the Mosquito Range east of Leadville. This challenging course takes racers up three peaks over 12,000′.

Salida:

You might know about the 70th Annual FIBArk Festival (June 14–18, 2018). 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of FIBArk “First in Boating on the Arkansas”, the nation's oldest whitewater festival and Salida's signature event. The festival focuses on whitewater boat races and paddlers from around the nation and world come to compete.

But have you heard about the 4th Annual Salida Fiber Fest (September 8–9 2018)? The 4th Annual Salida Fiber Festival will feature 70 fiber vendors and fiber related classes. Fiber Fest is held in Riverside Park, alongside the Arkansas River.

Snowmass:

You might know about the JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience (August 31 – September 2, 2018). The JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience is an open–air extravaganza of popular music taking place at Snowmass Town Park. The festival's past performers have ranged from Stevie Wonder to the Black Eyed Peas.

But have you heard about the Aspen Snowmass Vintage Car Race (September 16–17, 2018)? Watch the sights and sounds of high–octane racing come alive on the streets of Snowmass Village as vintage Corvettes, BMWs, Porsches, Mustangs and formula racecars from the 1960s and 1970s fly by.

Steamboat Springs

You might know about Winter Carnival (February 7 – February 11, 2018). Winter Carnival will feature several street events such as the Nordic Dash, street slalom, donkey jumps and the infamous skijoring.

But have you heard about Wild West Air Fest (September 1, 2018)? Every Labor Day weekend, some of the best pilots in the west and nationally renowned performers provide excitement to visitors and locals of Steamboat with thrilling aerobatics and formation flying.

Showcasing ANT Blaze, ANT Wireless Joins IoT Innovators at Arrow Connected Devices Expo 2017

COCHRANE, AB—(Marketwired – November 30, 2017) – ANT Wireless, a division of Dynastream Innovations, an innovator in ultra–low power (ULP) wireless technology will be showcasing the technical features and capabilities of their ANT Blaze wireless mesh networking technology at Arrow's Connected Devices Expo on December 6.

Organizations today are eager to determine IoT's utility for the benefit of their business strategy and ultimately boost their competitive advantage. At this year's Expo, ANT Wireless will show attendees how to tackle this challenge of managing IoT in larger scale environments.

ANT will demo the robust and reliable power of their enterprise–ready, wireless mesh networking technology for managing high node count IoT applications. Operating independently of existing on–premise IT infrastructures, ANT Blaze can monitor and control equipment in environments supporting tens of thousands of nodes.

“The advancement of IoT serves the bottom line for businesses and most of all their customers,” said James Fujimoto, Director, ANT Wireless. “Without the type of powerful connectivity of ANT Blaze, organizations looking to bring IoT into the office, gym, or other crowded environments are missing out. At the Expo we're looking forward to discussing the advancement of the IoT ecosystem and giving attendees a firsthand look at the powerful connectivity of ANT Blaze.”

ANT Blaze networks are self–forming and self–healing, and can be used concurrently with smartphones and tablets without interfering with Bluetooth. Attendees will also get to learn how ANT Blaze handles:

  • Multiple nodes connected to gateways in noisy environments
  • Coexistence with existing IT infrastructures and other ULP wireless solutions, without interference

Stop by the ANT Wireless booth to learn more about ANT's solutions for wirelessly connecting your IoT products.

For more information about ANT Wireless visit: www.thisisant.com

About ANT / ANT+ (www.thisisant.com):

ANT is an established protocol and silicon solution for ultra–low power (ULP) practical wireless networking applications. With millions of deployed nodes, ANT is perfectly suited for any kind of low data rate sensor network topologies; from peer–to–peer or star, to practical mesh; in personal area networks (PAN) which are well suited for sports, fitness, wellness and home health applications, or in local area networks (LAN) in home and IoT applications.

ANT+ Product Directory (www.thisisant.com/directory):
The ANT+ Product Directory is a complete inventory of all ANT+ certified or verified products. It is a tool designed specifically to help consumers source hundreds of industry–leading devices and all compatible products within the vast ANT+ ecosystem. Apps and devices may be searched by product name, brand, activity or product category, allowing the consumer to create a monitoring system that meets their specific needs.

Yamaha Holds First Ever R1DT Invitational Race at Perris Auto Speedway

CYPRESS, CA—(Marketwired – November 14, 2017) – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, held the first ever R1 Dirt Track car (R1DT) exhibition race during the “USAC Budweiser Oval Nationals” last Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, California.

Attracting top racers from a wide variety of different disciplines to help share the excitement of dirt track racing across the country, the inaugural “Yamaha R1DT Invitational” proved to be an exciting and entertaining exhibition race with several lead changes and improving lap times from practice to heat race to main. Dustin Nelson, champion off–road racer, took the heat race — the historic first–ever race between multiple R1DT cars — and an early lead in the main, before CJ Greaves, fellow off–road championship racer captured the main event checkered flag, with Donnie Moran, hall of fame late model racer, and Natalie Decker, stock car racer, rounding out the top three.

More details, photos and video are at Facebook.com/YamahaDirtTrack, and final results include:

  1. CJ Greaves: TORC Series three–time Pro 4 champion; Three–time Pro 2 champion; Current Pro Stock UTV champion
  2. Donnie Moran “Million Dollar Man”: Won the largest payday ever racing a Dirt Late Model at the Eldora Million; Multi–Crown Jewel champion including the North South 100, Eldora Dream 100 and World 100
  3. Natalie Decker: 2013 ARCA Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year; 2012 Super Stock Class champion
  4. Josh Hayes: Four–Time AMA Superbike champion; Second in all–time AMA Superbike wins
  5. Dustin Nelson: Two–time Lucas Oil Regional Off–Road Racing champion in a Production 1000 Side–by–Side; Record six–time ATV QuadCross Series champion; AMA Four–Stroke national champion (Motocross)
  6. Ken Gushi: Formula DRIFT and D1 veteran; Youngest competitor to race in the D1 Grand Prix and Formula DRIFT at 16 years old
  7. Cory Kruseman: Two–time Chili Bowl champion; Numerous midget, non–winged and sprint car championships
  8. (Mechanical DNF) “Slammin” Sammy Halbert: AMA Flat Track Grand National champion; 2006 AMA Flat Track Rookie of the Year; Gold and Silver X Games medalist

“We made some history last Saturday putting eight prototype R1DT cars on the track at once for the first time and watching some amazing competitors — current and future hall–of–famers — from so many different worlds of racing compete at a high level and put on a great show for the fans,” said Dave Park, Yamaha's R1DT project manager. “These cars proved more than capable of some fast and fun racing even with drivers who aren't accustomed to racing dirt track cars turning fast laps side–by–side, mixing it up. Congratulations to CJ, Donnie, Natalie and Dustin for their historic finishes Saturday night, and thanks again to all of these amazing drivers for coming out and racing with us.”

Some initial comments from the drivers included:

“After testing the R1DT concept for the last couple years, getting to race them this weekend was very exciting,” Dustin Nelson said. “I can't think of a test day where we weren't talking about how fun it would be to battle it out with other R1DT cars in a race. The night started off great with a second place in qualifying and taking the heat race win starting from the second row and having a great battle with Josh Hayes. Starting the main from row three and getting to the lead by lap three was awesome, but after that I ran into some trouble and got caught up in some carnage that set us back to finish fifth in the end. All in all, I'm pumped that I got to take part in the first ever R1DT race and that this awesome concept is still moving forward with some real traction!”

“It was pretty crazy to be able to have people from almost everything on wheels and an engine all racing against each other — so much talent all the way through the field,” said CJ Greaves. “It was a blast racing the new R1DT, and if you ever get a chance to drive one of these you won't be disappointed.”

“I want to say thank you to Yamaha for the incredible opportunity to drive their new R1DT dirt track prototype car in their first Invitational Race,” Josh Hayes said. “Going from a Superbike to a four–wheeled vehicle was definitely an 'out of my element' challenge, but the car was so much fun to drive! I have to admit that my expectations were quite different. Where I expected the R1DT to drive like a high–powered kart, it was much more challenging by the fact that it truly drove much more like a real car with the ample power and amount of weight transfer. By talking with more experienced drivers, it seems this could be an affordable, and oh so fun way to get introduced to true circle track car racing! During the race, I unfortunately let my enthusiasm get the best of my inexperience resulting in my spinning the car twice! But I seriously doubt that anyone on track had more fun than I did, and I've gotten to do some pretty fun stuff! Now I'm hooked, and I just have to figure out how to get more opportunities to drive the R1DT, or find out how to buy one!”

“This was a blast from the past,” said Donnie Moran, the Million Dollar Man. “The Yamaha R1DT has a bright future. It's the need for speed. Awesome ride. Thank you to everyone at Yamaha.”

“I can't thank Yamaha enough for having me out for the inaugural R1DT Invitational race,” Natalie Decker said. “It was really cool to be a part of the event representing TRD and competing side–by–side against some of the best drivers from a variety of motorsport disciplines. The car itself was so much fun and easy to drive. There's no question this model would be the perfect car for a driver moving up the ranks or even someone with more experience. It's definitely got plenty of speed and handling to be super racey. It's really going appeal to a wide variety of drivers.”

“I have raced dirt circle track cars my whole life, and in 35 years this is the first production race car I've ever driven,” Cory Kruseman said. “Yamaha understands what it takes to make racing fun and economical again! I am looking forward to helping change the sport we love so much now that people can afford it.”

“I had a blast driving the R1DT,” Sammy Halbert said. “It was something totally different for me. The mechanical DNF was a bummer because it was so much fun to drive the car. I wanted to get all my laps in and see what I could have done in the main. I know the R1DT is a prototype and Yamaha will dial in those cars even more. I look forward to seeing how they evolve and would love to race it again! The R1DT Invitational was such an honor. It was really cool to race against drivers with such diverse backgrounds. At the end of the day, we are all racers and we want to do well. If Yamaha does this again next year, I hope they invite me out again so I can show everyone how flat trackers do it!”

“First off, I want to thank Yamaha Racing and the entire staff for their genuine hospitality and their continued efforts to put on a great show for the fans,” Ken Gushi said. “Although the race didn't end well for myself, it was a tremendous learning experience and I had so much fun. I am hooked! The R1DT performed flawlessly. The chassis is extremely predictable and responds well to setup changes. As a beginner of dirt track racing, I was able to learn so much about the sport with such little seat time.”

Yamaha's R1DT concept dirt track racecar is still in prototype development, but has captured attention from the racing world for its unique design and production possibilities. The tube chassis, purpose–built dirt track car is powered by a fuel injected, inline 4–cylinder engine from Yamaha's R1S production motorcycle. It is designed to be a low maintenance, low cost–of–operation turnkey production racer with the potential for national retail distribution, financing and parts support that could bring a new level of accessibility to fans and would–be racers from outside of the current dirt track world.

The Yamaha R1DT concept brings some unique features to dirt track racing, like symmetrical suspension components, variable engine output, data acquisition, and the ability to run on pump gas. Ultimately, if the project makes it to production, it could become an all–new racing package that can reduce operating costs and serve as a good training tool for up–and–coming drivers without sacrificing the fun factor for more experienced racers.

“We've seen a lot of interest in the R1DT from the pits to the grandstands and even throughout the country as dirt track fans and people who are new to dirt track are asking a lot of questions and showing a lot of interest in the cars,” Park said. “The R1DT is still a concept at this point, but this is the type of momentum we need to keep this project moving forward. We're very excited with the result, and we're already planning for how we can keep improving and pushing these cars towards full production.”

For more information and updates on the Yamaha R1DT prototype car, visit www.facebook.com/yamahadirttrack, www.twitter.com/yamahadirttrack, and www.instagram.com/yamahadirttrack. #YamahaDirtTrack

About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the powersports industry. The company's ever–expanding product offerings include ATVs and Side–By–Side Vehicles, Motorcycles and Scooters, Snowmobiles, Outboard Motors, Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outdoor Power Equipment, Golf Cars, Race Kart Engines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in California since 1960, YMUS also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information about Yamaha, visit www.YamahaMotorsports.com.

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