The first day of our annual Staff Retreat began with discussions about our preparations for the upcoming season. We were visited by Bill Rehor, who is our sales representative for Haro Bicycles, Shimano, and Bell Sports (which includes Giro helmets and Blackburn accessories).
Next up was Chip Ellison from Pearl Izumi, showing us their latest cycling shoe line, and also providing us with a detailed overview of the materials and construction of their different models of cycling shorts. Both Chip and Bill allowed us to be among the first to hear the announcement of the sale of the Pearl Izumi company. Shimano will be buying Pearl Izumi from its former parent company, Nautilus. Shimano plans to continue to let Pearl Izumi operate as an independent company, so that means there will be no immediate changes regarding the shoes and apparel that we carry from both companies.
Gary Thomas, our sales representative for Electra Bicycles and Tifoso sunglasses, gave us an overview of their new products for 2008.
Adam, Michael R, and Krista worked on cooking our dinner for the evening, while Debbie and Brandy of Nature's Touch Wellness Center provided all of us with massages!
Later in evening, we enjoyed playing pool, jamming on guitar and bass, and a couple of us even camped out!
To see all of our pictures from the event, go here.