HEERENVEEN, The Netherlands (BRAIN)—Strong sales of bicycles and parts and accessories propelled profits for the Accell Group in the first quarter of 2008.
Each 2008 issue of BRAIN contains a Retail Spotlight column with photo showcasing bright ideas from America's best retailers.
GLENDALE, CA (BRAIN)—PowerBar has introduced its first annual “Specialty Retailer of the Year” Award.
Open to all independent sports specialty retailers, the new award program will recognize retailer commitment to consumer education about sports nutrition and local advocacy outreach.
NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN)—Rodale has promoted Chris Lambiase to vice president and group publisher for Running and Cycling, effective May 12.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The District of Columbia plans to unveil a public bike-sharing program in mid May, becoming the first of its kind in the United States.
Al Pacino narrates some Sea Otter 2008 downhill action.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike exhibitor space for the indoor portion of its 2008 International Bicycle Expo is already 88 percent sold-out.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (BRAIN)—Lezyne has hired Jeff Kendall-Weed to work in its marketing and communications department.
OAKLAND, CA (BRAIN)—Hydrapak has appointed Jim Vernon as its new sales coordinator and David Kim the new service coordinator.
"There is unrest in the forest,
There is trouble with the trees,
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas."
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.