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A leadership change at the parent company of Time Sport and Felt Bicycles.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Ron Steele, who has been with Group Rossignol for 40 years, will retire next month as president of Group Rossignol North America, which is based here.

Steele will continue to advise the company until Sept. 1. 

WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Cycling Sports Group has revamped its national full-service demo program. The dealer and consumer program has been redesigned with new focus on sales and dealer support and training. The program consists of six demo trucks in the U.S..

MADISON, Wis. (BRAIN) – John Burke began with a history lesson. Opening the inaugural PlacesForBikes conference in his hometown Wednesday night, Burke, the president of Trek, recalled the phone call he received 20 years ago from former Rep. Jim Oberstar of Minnesota.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

SALEM, Mass. (BRAIN) — Vittoria Industries North America has relocated its headquarters from Boston to Salem, Massachusetts. The company said its new location provides a home base for future expansion.

MADRID (BRAIN) — Spanish smart trainer brand BKOOL SL has appointed LARM SpA as its exclusive distributor for Italy, effective June 9. 

Bkool manufactures trainers and cycling software that is compatible with other systems such as Tacx, Elite and CycleOps.

MILAN, Italy (BRAIN) — Fulvio Acquati, the managing director of Deda Elementi for the last 18 years, has died after a short illness. 

WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — This fall's Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Waterloo will be the first World Cup to offer equal prize money to the men's and women's pro fields.

The race's host, Trek Bicycle, said it hopes the race sets a precedent.

MADISON, Wis. (BRAIN) —The PeopleForBikes Coalition board of directors held their biannual meeting here this week, where it approved eight new Community Grants for bike projects. 

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Mike Carr, the director of sales at Specialized, is leaving the company to take a new position with AthletiCamps, at Folsom, California-based training center.

Carr said he has been transitioning into the new position over the course of four months.

SALEM, Mass. (BRAIN) — Vittoria Industries North America has promoted Spencer Haugh to its North American marketing team where he will serve as marketing associate for the road.

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (BRAIN) — The number of U.S. independent bicycle retailers declined 2.6 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to a new report from the National Bicycle Dealers Association.

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Ahead of this weekend's Grand Départ in Düsseldorf, Germany, the International Cycling Union has announced several safety changes, some of which will take effect this year and some next year. 

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

EAST BURKE, Vt. (BRAIN) — The 20th annual New England Mountain Bike Association Festival (NEMBAfest), held June 16-18 at the Kingdom Trails in Vermont, saw registration jump 24 percent to bring in a record 7,100-plus riders over the festival’s three days, organizers said.

Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides

FARMINGTON, Utah (BRAIN) — Vista Outdoor, which owns several bike-related companies including Bell and Giro, has laid off 57 employees across its portfolio of more than 50 outdoor brands.

MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — A court has issued a temporary restraining order barring two Minnesota men from using, selling, or transferring websites associated with the name Gregory LeMond and the LeMond and Grail trademarks.

The Ruckus staff.

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Ruckus Composites said it is experiencing a surge in business growth, leading to the hiring of two new, full-time employees and one summer intern. The company was founded in 2008 to repair carbon bikes. 

DURANGO, Colo. (BRAIN) — Tailwind Nutrition has been named a Colorado Company to Watch in 2017 by The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

KOBLENZ, Germany (BRAIN) — Canyon has received the Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2017 award and its team will be included in the Red Dot Hall of Fame, the organization has announced.

Tagged Awards

LEANDER, Texas (BRAIN) — Sealant manufacturer Orange Seal has bee named the official sealant of Team Bora-Hansgrohe, which includes two-time defending world champion Peter Sagan.

LINCOLNWOOD, Ill. (BRAIN) — BMW has joined the Electric Bike Expo as an exhibitor beginning with its Chicago-area event, which opened Friday and continues through Sunday. BMW will be on board for the other four stops on the 2017 Expo tour, which include Burnsville, Minnesota, in July; Portland, Oregon, in August; Miami in October and Philadelphia in November.

Tagged Electric bike / Consumer Expos and Rides

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