MILAN, Italy (BRAIN)—Oakley reported a 15-percent jump in sales in the first quarter of 2008 and saw double-digit growth in both its optics and apparel/footwear segments, according to Luxottica's first quarter earnings report released on Thursday.
Luxottica acquired Oakley last November.
WHISTLER, B.C. (BRAIN)—The Dirt Series by Rocky Mountain Bicycles, a traveling mountain bike skills instruction program, took to the road for its eighth season this month. Its first stop was in North Vancouver last weekend, April 19-20.
VICENZA, Italy (BRAIN)—Campagnolo s.r.l. has hired Tom Kattus as general manager of its subsidiary, Campagnolo North America Inc. Kattus will join the company on May 1.
Kattus takes over for Richard Storino, who left the company in January.
"The Way Bobby Sees It" goes way beyond any MTB film I've ever seen (actually it should be classified a life film). When Bobby crossed Downieville's finish line you couldn't help but get choked up. Filmakers Jason Watkins and Wendy Todd did a wonderful job telling this awesome story that everyone should see.
"We thought, 'We should get together now, in case Zeppelin does tour.' I'm serious, man. That would be one hell of a bill: STP and Led Zeppelin. I mean, we could play a doghouse, out in the middle of the ocean, and if I got to play with Zeppelin, that would be a highlight of my life."
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NEUCHÂTEL, Switzerland (BRAIN)—Cervélo has appointed Michael Marx as chief operating officer. With Marx taking over the day-to-day management responsibilities, Cervelo founders, Phil White and Gérard Vroomen, can refocus on what they do best—engineering, product design and strategic issues.
IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Shimano American Corp. has completed its acquisition of Pearl Izumi from Nautilus.
The $70 million sale closed on Monday.
SHANGHAI, China (BRAIN)—Trek, Specialized and Pacific Cycle, three North American pioneers in the Chinese bicycle market, are skipping this year’s China Cycle show. But many new foreign brands will be on display through distributors, show spokesman Kevin Zhou said.
MADONE, Italy (BRAIN)—Vittoria has added Walter Belli to its marketing department.
SEYMOUR, CT (BRAIN)—Thule has hired Tom Andrews as national accounts sales manager.
Andrews will be the key contact for Thule’s western national accounts and will report to Schuyler Horton, Thule’s director of national accounts.
"The presidential library will not just be a library, it will be more of a library/paintball range. We'll also have batting cages and Go Karts and that game where you drop quarters into a machine and try to knock other quarters off a ledge to win prizes."
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—Well known mountain biker and Wicked Racin owner Mark Reynolds died Saturday during the downhill race at the Sea Otter Classic. He was 48.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—Trek launched its Women Who Ride club with a ladies-only wine and cheese party on Saturday afternoon at the Sea Otter Classic.
About 30 women showed up to hear about the new club and mingle with other female riders.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—The weather gods looked down more favorably on this year’s Sea Otter Classic as attendees enjoyed mostly sunny skies, with a little chilled wind—make that a lot of wind one day, with gusts on Saturday reaching 25 miles per hour.
Scott USA marketing director Adrian Montgomery stopped by BRAIN world headquarters only a day after Sea Otter ended. That's dedication, baby!!!
Happy Earth Day!!!
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (BRAIN)—BikeMine has a new owner. Vittoria Industries has bought its American distributor creating a new company, Vittoria Industries North America.
Fizik's marketing ringleader Suzette Ayotte is all smiles at Sea Otter. Thanks to Sea Otter and all the industry folks we talked to for making it a great experience once again.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycling magazine announced on Friday at Sea Otter the winners of the 2008 Editors' Choice Awards in the bike-specific category.
Bicycling's editor-in-chief Steve Madden, and product test director Matt Phillips, presented the awards to the 11 winners.