BY MARC SANI
TAIPEI, Taiwan—Getting 32 executives from 32 companies to set aside business for 11 days and go for a 612-mile bicycle ride is quite a feat no matter what the industry.
PARK CITY, UT (BRAIN)—The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and to help mark the occasion National Park Service director Mary A. Bomar will give a keynote address at the organization's 2008 World Summit.
ATLANTA, GA (BRAIN)—One month after the completion of the sixth annual Tour de Georgia, a post-event evaluation has determined that the direct economic impact of the event reached $38.6 million for Georgia.
This surpassed the 2007 economic impact number of $27 million by 40 percent.
DURANGO, CO (BRAIN)—Organizers of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic road race called off the event for the first time in 37 years as winter weather persisted over Memorial Day weekend in southwest Colorado.
SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—Trips for Kids National is hosting a Pre-Conference for TFK chapters in conjunction with the 2008 International Mountain Bicycling Association's (IMBA) World Summit taking place in Park City, Utah.
WORCESTER, MA (BRAIN)—Cyclists came from all around the country to Worcester, Massachusetts, on Wednesday to pay tribute to 1899 world cycling champion Marshall "Major" Taylor and attend a memorial statue dedication.
LAKE FOREST, CA (BRAIN)—BMX racing being new to the Olympics this year has been capturing a large amount of the attention, but mountain biking and road shouldn’t be forgotten.
And while road racing seems to get all the Olympic glory, Olympic mountain biking is a huge hit—over in Europe.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Specialized Bicycles has a secret ambassador stashed in Asia. They call him “Bob-boo” or “Big Ring Bob” and he’s treated more like family than a customer.
KEELUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—After a long day dodging heavy trucks, cars and scooters, the A-Team rolled through a half-dozen tunnels into Keelung, Taiwan’s second largest seaport, after 10 days of pedaling around the island.
JHIHBEN, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Voxa “Vincent” Chen is president of Liow Ko, a company most U.S. retailers have never heard of. But Chen’s company, founded by his father in 1965, has made and finished parts for some of the industry’s best known brands including Specialized, Trek, Giant, Easton and others.
ELUANBI LIGHTHOUSE, Taiwan (BRAIN)—A last minute decision to add a few extra kilometers to Thursday’s Tour de Taiwan ended at this historic lighthouse late in the afternoon—signaling that this 1,000 kilometer trek is half over.
KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN (BRAIN)—Andrew Lee is a barrel of a man. But that’s what happens when you lug camera equipment through 55 countries shooting film and photos for National Geographic.
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Specialized is once again hosting its annual Bike to Work Day Industry Commute Cup Challenge to inspire some friendly competition within the industry during National Bike to Work Week, May 12-16.
TAINAN, TAIWAN (BRAIN)—They say an army moves on its stomach. And so does the A-Team. No better example of what keeps a group of Taiwanese businessmen moving is turkey-rice. After some 70 kilometers of riding, the A-Team pulled into the Fountain Restaurant in Jia-yie, a town along the way.
CHANGHUA, TAIWAN (BRAIN)—When the A-Team, led by a police escort, rolled into the Merida factory late Monday a throng of employees chanted their approval, especially since Michael Tseng, their boss, was leading the pack which included the city’s mayor.
HSINCHU, TAIWAN (BRAIN)—It was a grand send-off Sunday for the A-Team.
MONTEREY, CA—The weather gods looked down more favorably on this year’s Sea Otter Classic as attendees enjoyed mostly sunny skies, with a little frosty wind—make that a lot of wind on Saturday, when gusts reached 25 miles per hour.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Giant's president, Tony Lo, told a packed press conference yesterday that now is the time for bicycle industry executives to develop a true passion for cycling.
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—A fundraiser is being held in conjunction with tomorrow's CCCX Downhill Race Series in honor of Mark Reynolds who died on April 19.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—Trek launched its Women Who Ride club with a ladies-only wine and cheese party on Saturday afternoon at the Sea Otter Classic.
About 30 women showed up to hear about the new club and mingle with other female riders.