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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

LYNDONVILLE and EAST BURKE, Vt. (BRAIN) — Go to any consumer bike event, and it’s not difficult to find at least someone with a gripe about it: “Too few demo bikes.” “Not enough bathrooms.” “The weather always sucks.” “Swag was weak.” But it was all smiles and uniformly good vibes this past weekend as NEMBAfest staged the 19th edition of its “celebration of summer and all things mountain biking” in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

Tagged Events / Consumer Expos and Rides

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — The City of Philadelphia, celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Indego bike share program, this week is hosting the first national conference on bike sharing.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — After a national search, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's has chosen Brian Wiedenmeier as the organization's next executive director. Wiedenmeier has been the group's development director for the past two years.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / People

DETROIT (BRAIN) — Mark Allen Pierce, who owned and operated Detroit Cycle Supply, died Friday at 61.

Pierce had owned the distributor for about 30 years; but it has been in the family since it was founded by Clyde Pierce in 1907 and is still in the same building. 

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — At a board meeting last week, the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association endorsed the newly formed Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — SmartEtailing, which recently merged with Harvest Retail Marketing, has laid off three workers at its Boulder headquarters, company president Ryan Atkinson told BRAIN on Monday.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Wholesale bike sales were down 5.7 percent in 2016 through May, according to the most recent report from the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association. The trend was not promising, either, as sales in May were down 8.4 percent from a year earlier.

MADRID (BRAIN) — Rotor Bike Components has named Gin Huat Cycle Trading as its distributor in Malaysia and Singapore. Established in 1985, Gin Huat is the official distributor of cycling brands including Fuji, Intense, Fox, Maxxis, CatEye and others. 

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giant USA is laying off ten employees and consolidating some departments at its headquarters as it adjusts to soft market conditions. General manager JT Thompson told employees and outside sales reps about the layoffs in a company-wide meeting Friday.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BRAIN) — The Rally Cycling team, a pro road team sponsored by Rally Health and suppled by Diamondback, raised nearly $40,000 for UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation with a promotion at last month's Amgen Tour of California.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship
FE Sports will also paint Ridley frames for the Australasian market.

PAAL-BERINGEN, Belgium (BRAIN) — FE Sports of Brisbane, Australia has established Ridley Australasia, the official sales, distribution and finishing partner of Ridley Bikes in Australia and New Zealand. FE Sports will both distribute and paint Ridley Bikes in Australia for the two markets.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — USA Triathlon has named Thorne Research its exclusive nutritional supplements partner.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — When internet rumor mongers began chattering about problems at Surly Bikes, suggesting the QBP-owned brand was ripe for a shut down or sell off, brand manager Paul Zeigle decided to get ahead of the story.

HELSINKI (BRAIN) — Amer Sports has hired Sebastian Lund as its new chief HR officer and member of the company's executive board. Lund, who joins Amer Sports after a 20-year career at Procter & Gamble in the United States and Europe, replaces Terhi Heikkinen, who is leaving the company at the end of August.

Tagged People

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (BRAIN) — Pearl Izumi is announcing a new "60-Day Fit Guarantee" that applies to all Pearl cycling apparel purchased at any Pearl Izumi partner specialty bike shops.

SAUSALITO, Calif. (BRAIN) — OutsidePR has made two new additions to its team. Harry Benyon will be joining as an account manager, coming from London, England, where he gained experience working for brands in the European outdoor industry.

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