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DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Gates Corp., maker of the chain-replacing Gates Carbon Drive™ belt drive for bikes, has entered a three-year sponsorship with the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

MARIETTA, GA (BRAIN)—BMX legend and master wheel builder John Kovachi passed away on Wednesday morning from kidney failure. He was 46.

The former BMX racer started Kovachi Wheels in Georgia in 1989.

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PORTSMOUTH, UK (BRAIN)—Former Olympic cyclist Derek Bouchard-Hall has been hired by Wiggle as its head of performance development.

“I am very excited to be joining a company with a real passion for cycling and is at the forefront of the rapidly changing cycling and tri-sport equipment industry," he said.

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FORT COLLINS, CA (BRAIN)—Big Shot has hired Jason Jones as national sales manager to help launch its new wholesale division. The new hire will allow Ryan Clark, the former head of sales, to focus more on retail and administrative duties as the company’s new operations manager.

CENTRAL POINT, OR (BRAIN)—South African-made Morewood Bikes is now available in the U.S. through Oregon based distributor Unique Sports Co.

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MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—In a letter Specialized emailed Wednesday, company founder Mike Sinyard told Specialized dealers that as more brands turn to mass merchants and sporting goods stores, bike shops must decide whether it makes sense to carry certain brands.

“I am delighted to lead this small group on a tour around some of my favorite roads in the whole world. This is my backyard. I love it, and I’ve called in a quite a few favors to make this day absolutely unforgettable.”

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Tern Bicycles is showing support for the California Bike Summit and the relaunch of the California Bike Coalition.

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DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—The USA Pro Cycling Challenge brought $83.5 million into Colorado in late August, according to IFM, a sports research firm that race organizers hired to gauge the race's benefits.

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SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—The Triathlon America Conference will again take place in San Diego early next year.

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SARASOTA, FL (BRAIN)—Fulcrum North America has opened its Sarasota, Florida headquarters. Fulcrum will be taking care of small parts and servicing from this location.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN)—Joining forces with Chrome and Widmer Brothers Brewing, ARTCRANK San Francisco returns in support of the San Francisco Bike Coalition.

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MISSOULA, MT (BRAIN)—Adventure Cycling Association, North America's largest cycling membership organization, has announced the winners of its 2011 Bicycle Travel Awards, which include Donn Olson (Dalbo, Minnesota), Kevin Cashman of Apogee Adventures (Brunswick, Maine), Jim Peter and Jim’s Bicycle Shop (Cincinnati, O

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PHOENIX, AZ (BRAIN)—Domenic Malvestuto, a longtime bicycle retailer and influential figure in the Phoenix, Arizona, cycling community, died this month at his home in Phoenix after battling colon cancer. He was 68, and is survived by his wife of 22 years, Judy Malvestuto.

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GENT, Belgium (BRAIN)—Jacques Lenel, a former French retailer who played a key role in the formation of the European Two Wheelers Association (ETRA), has died.

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Attention CrossVegas fans!!!

Check out this 42-minute Sporza feature on this year's event. Though most of it is in Flemish there are some great images of the race, the sponsors and Las Vegas landmarks and Interbike. It's a great view of CrossVegas from the eyes of the Belgian racers.

KAPALUA, HI (BRAIN) — Lance Armstrong will compete in the XTERRA Worlds off-road triathlon.

"XTERRA World Champs next wknd. I'm in! Looking fwd to racing," the seven-time Tour de France winner tweeted Sunday, a week before the swimming, cycling and running competition in Maui.

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NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—More than 70 tired but very happy bicycle riders rolled into Pt. Mugu State Park on Sunday, completing a three-day trek through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in support of breast cancer survivors.

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PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Retro and its sister company, Micro Beer Jerseys, are expanding their current dealer direct wholesale platform this December.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) president and New York City transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood have announced that the Urban Bikeway Design Guide is now available in print.

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