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GREENVILLE, SC­­­­ (BRAIN)—Hincapie Sportswear has hired Jason Losey as retail sales representative for the brand in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico.

Tagged People

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—In an effort to better understand how retailers utilize the industry's annual trade show gathering, Interbike has hired New York-based Harvey Research to survey retailers.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Interbike

NUMANSDORP, The Netherlands (BRAIN)—Van Nicholas has updated its Web site for 2011.

Tagged Web/Internet

MILL VALLEY, CA (BRAIN)—WTB (Wilderness Trail Bikes) has a new Australian distributor, Dirt Works.

Tagged Distributor news

SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—Trips for Kids (TFK) has hired a new executive director for North America, Eric Goldman. He will oversee the Trips For Kids — North America organization.

Tagged People

NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Industry veteran Russ Okawa died in his sleep Monday night. He had been staying with his sister in Simi Valley, recovering from open heart surgery on December 22. He was 59 years old.

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LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—Lifeboat Events, producers of the PressCamp and DealerCamp events for the cycling industry, has brought Christopher Zigmont on in a full time capacity.

Tagged People

WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN)—Trek Bicycles has hired Matt Shriver as its team liaison for Team RadioShack.

Shriver, who led Colorado's Fort Lewis College to three national championships, stepped down as FLC’s cycling coach to take the position.

Tagged People

MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Saris Cycling Group (SCG) has hired Steve Chapin as its new director of marketing.

In the role, Chapin will lead the development and execution of strategic marketing initiatives for the Saris Rack and CycleOps Power brands, according to a press release.

Tagged People

SEVILLE, Spain (BRAIN)—The city of Seville, Spain has been selected by the European Cyclist Federation (ECF) to host the 2011 edition of Velo-City.

Tagged Events

By Matt Wiebe

TAICHUNG, Taiwan—U.S. and European retailers may find it hard to reorder bikes during the production season as bike builders in Taiwan work to fulfill orders from emerging bike markets such as Singapore, Indonesia and other Pacific Rim countries.

By Jason Norman

Andrew Love is the industry’s Dog the Bounty Hunter—but instead of going after humans skipping out on bail he’s going after stolen product, much of it at the retail level. Love serves as Specialized’s brand security man—a title that is a rarity in the industry.

MILWAUKEE, WI (BRAIN)—Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Milwaukee opened last Friday, December 31st.

Originally scheduled to open in November, construction could not be completed in time for Ray’s to acquire operating permits from the City of Milwaukee.

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—According to a story in the Sunday edition of the Los Angles Times, Los Angeles officials and planners recently issued a comprehensive update of the city's 2010 bicycle plan. But the plan all but sidesteps action on the issue of mountain bike access on city parkland and dirt trails.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

SAN JOSE, CA (BRAIN)—MerchantOS recently updated its point of sale system to include integration with Specialized and The Bicycle Group. These integrations should help retailers reduce time spent on data entry and delivery/receipt of data.

Tagged Web/Internet

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—A star-studded list of honorees and attendees will attend endurance LIVE, a consumer show and endurance sports awards event, on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Tagged Events

BRAIN wishes you and yours a Happy New Year. Regular news coverage will resume on Monday, January 3.

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (BRAIN)—Shopatron has released its first “social stores” on Facebook, allowing fans of its client brands to browse products on the popular social network.

Tagged Web/Internet

What were the top stories of 2010? Check out our top 20 countdown of most-read web stories on on the BRAIN blog.

Tagged BRAIN News

EUGENE, OR (BRAIN)—When Burley Design’s Mike Coughlin learned that that was selling a limited quantity of Travoy trailers without authorization, he called Costco executives and told them to stop.


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