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Wirth departs MBA, magazine promotes staff to fill void

Published April 16, 2018

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Hi-Torque Publications has promoted Mountain Bike Action's Joe Mackey to managing editor. Mackey previously was assistant editor. In his new role Mackey will oversee editorial content on all of MBA's media platforms as well as build and maintain relationships within and outside the cycling industry.

Brandon Castelli, assistant editor, is also assuming a larger role in content production and industry relations.

These changes follow the resignation of MBA editor Mike Wirth, who Hi-Torque said is moving on to pursue other ventures.

Wirth became editor of MBA in July 2014 following the departure of longtime editor Jim "Mac" McIlvain. Before joining MBA, Wirth worked for Fox Racing Shox and Titus Cycles, where he served as a key account manager and field technician. He has also run the service departments for several retailers in Boulder, Colorado.

In addition to these changes, Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductee Zapata Espinoza has stepped in to help oversee editorial content and will be contributing to MBA's efforts. Fellow Hall of Fame inductee John Ker will continue in his role as staff photographer and assistant editor.

Long-time publisher of Mountain Bike Action Italy, Gian Paolo Galloni, will assume the role of tech editor of the magazine, as well as help expand MBA's worldwide presence.

Topics associated with this article: People, Media/Publishing

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