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Steamboat’s Essam Welch traveled with his wife, Deborah Improta, to New Zealand in fall to compete in the Singlespeed World Championships and to spend most of a month traveling the nation’s two main islands on bicycles. The trip was amazing, Welch said, but more than anything, it made him miss Steamboat Springs.

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Essam Welch traveled halfway around the world, competed in a world-class mountain bike race and spent a month pedaling across one of the world’s most beautiful countries. All that, and what was the lesson he brought with him last month when he came back to the home he loves in Steamboat Springs?

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