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HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN)—Amer Sports, the Finnish owner of Mavic, will acquire women’s snowboard apparel brand Nikita as part of its priority to grow faster in soft goods.

Amer also owns Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Arc’teryx, Precor and Suunto.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

• Foundry contest seeks essays • Cyfac launches custom colors program • Light Electric Vehicle Association offers webinars • Blue adds Korean distributor ...

Penny Westman, who has represented GT Bicycles and Felt during her long career, is retiring.

Tagged People

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike will launch a dealer conference in downtown Monterey, California, piggybacking on the Bicycle Leadership Conference dates of April 17-19, just before the Sea Otter Classic.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Interbike

BRUSSELS, Belgium (BRAIN)—European manufacturing trade group Coliped is planning its biggest presence ever at Taipei Cycle in March.

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show

BERN, Switzerland (BRAIN)—The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry has hired a bicycle manager to work with the association’s 40 or so bike members.

German native Florian Dammer, 28, formerly of KTM and Lowa, stepped into the position last month.

ALMERE, Netherlands (BRAIN)—Pon Holdings now controls 92 percent of Derby Cycle Werke with the recent close of a second acceptance period of the Dutch company’s voluntary takeover offer.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Future Publishing, a media group whose titles include Procycling magazine, Cyclingnews.com and BikeRadar.com, has hired a former VeloNews sales executive as its North American sales director for its sports titles.

Tagged People

• Dutch dealers visit Dahon factory in Shenzhen • DT Swiss sponsors Tri-California series

DUARTE, CA (BRAIN)— Some 30 Dutch bicycle dealers visited Dahon’s factory in Shenzhen, China, recently as part of a tour organized by the Dutch trade magazine Fietsmarkt.

BOISE, ID (BRAIN)—A new five-day women's stage race planned for Idaho next May is expected to become one of the most important races on the international calendar and is reminiscent of Idaho's previous top-level women's race, the Ore-Ida Women's Challenge (1984-2002).

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

MALAGA, NJ (BRAIN)—BMX and mountain biking legend Eric Carter is heading up Hyper Bicycles' new mountain bike program, the company announced this week.

Tagged People

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (BRAIN)—In the CNC’d, anodized, try-anything world of 1990’s mountain biking, Nukeproof hubs and Slingshot frames were among the most-talked about U.S.-made brands.

Belgian helmet maker Lazer Sport is entering the winter sports market for the first time with a line of nine ski and snowboard helmets to be introduced at the SIA Snowshow.

HILDEBRAN, NC (BRAIN)—Business North Carolina has named DeFeet International "Business of the Year" for 2012. The award is especially meaningful to managers of the company, which was devastated by a fire in 2001.

Tagged Awards

Action plans February expo in New Jersey

CARLSTADT, NJ (BRAIN)—Distributor Action Bicycle has scheduled its annual dealer expo for Sunday, February 26, at the Crown Plaza Meadowlands Hotel & Exhibition Center.

Tagged Distributor news

Bicycling magazine’s first iPad issue is available this month in Apple’s App Store.

The magazine’s publisher, Rodale, is selling individual issues, viewed in the Bicycling iPad app, for $4.99; annual subscriptions are $14.99. Print subscribers can view the issues free.

Tagged Media/Publishing

WENATCHEE, WA (BRAIN)—The U.S.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

BEIJING, China (BRAIN)—A new industry show is scheduled next March in Beijing to help a handful of bike brands tap into the emerging high-end Chinese market.

ASHEVILLE, NC (BRAIN)—Blue Ridge Parkway superintendent Phil Francis told Bicycle Retailer on Tuesday that the Parkway’s managers have never considered banning bikes from the road. He said that a draft management plan, which the public can comment upon until this Friday, has been mischaracterized.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

FULLERTON, CA (BRAIN)—Toby Henderson founded THE Cycle Group in November and recently hired Michelle Enriquez as the company’s vice president of operations and Michael Gamstetter is senior brand manager. All three were formerly employees of VSI Products.

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