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BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—Q-Outdoor, the outdoor and snow sports distribution division of QBP, has broadened its Nordic products distribution with new vendors and expanded product offerings from existing vendors.

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SPEEDWAY, IN (BRAIN)—After four years in Speedway, Indiana, NAHBS HQ is uprooting and moving to Louisville, Kentucky, the venue for the 2013 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships, and also home to many enthusiastic handmade bicycle fans.

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WESTPORT, CT (BRAIN)—Compass Diversified Holdings, which owns Fox Racing Shox and CamelBak, has secured $515 million in new debt financing to expand its existing businesses and finance acquisitions.

ROTORUA, New Zealand (BRAIN)—Zerode owner Rob Metz was sort of pestered into starting his own mountain bike brand.

HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN)—Sales at Mavic rose 15 percent in the third quarter, with strong growth in wheels and cycling shoes, parent company Amer Sports stated in an earnings call Thursday.

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PETALUMA, CA (BRAIN)—CamelBak and Water.org are teaming up for a second consecutive year to share a simple and powerful way to help some of the 884 million people who lack access to safe water.

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VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Zoot Sports has named Chris Bogue as vice president of sales and marketing for North America.

Previously, he held high-level sales and marketing positions with Pactimo, Pearl Izumi, Casio and K2 Sports. He will begin his role with Zoot in Vista, CA, on November 1.

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SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—Trips for Kids National has added two new chapters, formed by the Desert Recreation District (DRD) (Indio, CA) and the Buellton Park and Recreation Department (Buellton, CA.)

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BANGKOK, Thailand (BRAIN)—Vittoria’s Lion Tyres factory in Bangkok not only produces Vittoria branded tires, but it is a large OEM tire maker for numerous high-end tire brands. As floodwaters continue to rise in Bangkok, officials at Lyon Tires say so far its factory is not affected.

PALO ALTO, CA (BRAIN)—Vendor-Link Cycling (VLC), the business intelligence solutions company for the cycling industry, announced that the Action Sports Division of Easton-Bell Sports (EBS) will be using VLC to improve dealer service as well as planning and forecasting.

HEERENVEN, the Netherlands (BRAIN)—Dutch bike maker Accell Group has formed teams to scout acquisition candidates in North America and Southern Europe, according to a Dutch press report cited by the Bike Europe newsletter.

LOUISVILLE, KY (BRAIN)—Olympic and world championship track medalist, Erin Hartwell, has joined the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in the new position of sponsorship manager.

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SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Raleigh America has restructured its IBD sales team to better respond to the regional needs of its dealers.

AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN)—It’s not unusual that retired BMX rider Taj Mihelich launched a new bicycle company. But what is of note is that Fairdale isn’t a BMX company, selling instead road/commuter bikes.

“I always wanted to do commuter bikes,” Mihelich said.

MILAN, Italy (BRAIN)—Luxottica Group S.p.A. reported net sales at its Wholesale Division, which owns Oakley, rose to €555.1 million ($784 mm) in the third quarter ending Sept. 30, from €518.3 million ($669 mm) in the third quarter of 2010.

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BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Leisure Trends Group (LTG) has hired Scott Buelter as vice president of its Customer Relationship Marketing (CRM) Division.

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NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Cyclists including current professionals and racing legends will take to the picturesque roads of Southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains on Thursday, Nov. 3, to benefit the family of Road Bike Action magazine editor Zapata Espinoza, whose wife, Ronette, died of cancer this year.

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LAGUNA BEACH, CA (BRAIN)—Highway Two has added sales veteran Brian Bohlman to its sales team. Bohlman joins the company as the regional sales manager for Highway Two’s Midwestern and Eastern territories.

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GRAND JUNCTION, CO (BRAIN)—DT Swiss continues to branch out into new markets and has found a Colombian distributor in Disandina S.A.

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