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LONDON (BRAIN) — UK antitrust authorities have approved the proposed merger of Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles, and the two companies are expected to complete the merger soon.

The UK Competition and Markets Authority approved the proposed merger on Thursday. 

Australia-based online marketplace moves up to title position prior to Tour de France.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — BikeExchange, an online marketplace based in Australia and recently expanding internationally, has become a co-title sponsor of the newly named Orica-BikeExchange team, previously known as Orica-GreenEdge.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes has announced a program designed to significantly increase cycling in areas of 10 American cities over the next three years.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Green Lane Project

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Showers Pass has hired Jeremy Rider as its new national sales manager in June. Rider has had a long career in the outdoor industry, most recently as the national sales manager at Zoic.

Tagged People
Campagnolo USA partners with Masi on events.

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — To celebrate its 90th anniversary, Masi is hosting a series of events here over the weekend of July 30-31. The events are co-sponsored by Campagnolo USA.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Salsa Cycles told its dealers Friday that it plans to begin selling through select REI stores in July. The QBP-owned brand said it will sell model-year 2017 at 11 stores, and will be “starting small.”

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association plans to launch a program to help new bike buyers "have more fun and ride safer on their new bikes."

KINGSTON, Mass. (BRAIN) — Bern Unlimited has hired industry veterans Mark Hubbell and Alan Rowland to handle sales in Northern California and Northern Nevada for its summer division.

Tagged Sales Reps

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Organizers of the BC Bike race have announced a major sponsorship agreement with Pearl Izumi and also said Pearl-sponsored athlete Brian Lopes will race the event this year, for the second time.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — Project Bike Tech, a bike tech skills program for high school aged youth, is expanding nationally and now has the endorsement of the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) —Bell Helmets, Giro Sport Design and CamelBak — all brands now owned by Vista Outdoor — are sponsoring regional events being planned by the Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition this year.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Lezyne has hired industry veteran Jim Holleman as its new U.S. sales manager. Holleman brings over 30 years of sales experience to Lezyne, as well as a strong passion for cycling.

Tagged People

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (BRAIN) — Yakima Products' Road Warrior Program, which attends to various outdoor and automotive events over the summer to demonstrate Yakima products, will travel in new co-branded Toyota vehicles this year, in a joint promotion.

Distributor claims it has the lowest rates in the country.

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Cyclone Bicycle Supply has released a revised free freight policy that the distributor says provide customers with the lowest freight rates in the country.

The new policy offers freight incentives when purchasers combine bulky, oversized items (BOI) with small parts orders.

Blue rep J. "Turd'L" Miller, Tommy Chen and Orli Chinea.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — When editors at PressCamp walk into Room 6131 at the Silver Barron Lodge, the Triad Elite SL Di2 is an attention grabber. This is Blue Competition Bicycle’s signature model — a tri bike that looks wicked-fast standing still.

Tagged PressCamp
Jonathon Freeman (left) with Tony Ellsworth.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Jonathon Freeman is pinning his hopes on a rebirth of Ellsworth mountain bikes on a new Rogue Sixty — a 27.5 carbon fiber full-suspension enduro machine.

Tagged PressCamp

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. (BRAIN) — Scott Sports has reached an agreement with Triple Peaks Resorts, the owner of the Okemo, Mount Sunapee and Crested Butte mountain resorts, to be an official year-round partner.

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized has promoted several staff in an effort to "bring our leaders closer to retail partners," the company said. It has also eliminated five positions as part of a restructuring.

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Verde Brand Communications is now handling PR and brand communications for IZIP, an Accell North America brand.

Tagged Electric bike

DEER VALLEY, Utah (BRAIN) — While editors from the bicycle and outdoor industry meet with more than two dozen companies checking out new products, exhibitors at PressCamp are also keeping a sharp eye on the market.

Tagged PressCamp

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