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New job for retired racer Dave Wiens

Published June 25, 2012

GUNNISON, CO (BRAIN) Tuesday June 26 2012—Retired mountain bike racer Dave Wiens is adding another job to his packed schedule. The former World Cup winner has been named Mountain Sports Team Director at Western State College of Colorado in Gunnison.

In the new position Wiens will oversee the club sport programs in cycling and skiing, including the mountain bike team, the free-ride ski team, the skiercross and boardercross teams and the Nordic ski team.

"It's an exciting position and I'm stoked to be a part of this program," Wiens said in an email. "Of course, it's part-time and along with my other part-time jobs, I'm staying happily involved in various aspects of mountain biking."

Wiens' other positions include being advocacy director for the Topeak Ergon Team; the executive director of Gunnison Trails, the local trails advocacy organization; and working with Lifetime Fitness, the Leadville Race Series and Leadville Camp of Champions. 

But Wiens is looking forward to being involved with some sports besides biking, as well.

"Part of my history, especially before mountain biking, involved tons of skiing and whitewater kayaking, so part of this is a bit of getting back to my roots," he said.

Wiens graduated from Western State in 1990. He had turned pro in 1988 racing for Diamondback Bicycles and retired from professional cycling in 2004. In his professional career, he won two World Cup races, finished third in a World Cup final and won the U.S. Mountain Biking National Championships twice. Wiens also won six consecutive Leadville 100 races.

On August 1, Western State College will officially change its name to Western State Colorado University. 

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