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STOCKHOLM (BRAIN) — POC has appointed broadcast media executive Jonas Sjögren to become its new CEO, starting Feb. 1.

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giant Bicycle USA has recently added four new staffers in retail support roles.

Tagged People

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The PeopleForBikes Coalition board of directors held their biannual meeting here on Wednesday and welcomed two new members while approving seven new recipients of the organization's Community Grant program.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Competitor Group, Inc. has promoted Fred Dreier to editor-in-chief of VeloNews, effective immediately. Dreier replaces John Bradley, who announced last week that he was stepping down as editor of VeloNews and as CGI's senior vice president of media.

Tagged People / Media/Publishing

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Lezyne has announced two new international distributors: Champion Cycle in Thailand and LevelSportKoncept in the Czech Republic. Both comapnies have exclusive distribution agreements in their markets.  

Founder Troy Lee retains a stake and a design role as new CEO is named.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Spanos Barber Jesse & Co., a private investment firm, has made an undisclosed investment in Troy Lee Designs.

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Cosmic Sports GmbH will now handle the distribution of Nutcase Helmets in Germany and Austria. Cosmic Sports, established in 1997, also distributes Crankbrothers, Lizard Skins, Salsa, Ritchey, Garmin, SixSixOne, Chris King and other brands.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association e-bike committee, chaired by Larry Pizzi of Raleigh Electric, approved a budget this week to create 10 two-minute training videos to help e-bike retail staff better serve this emerging market.

Tagged Electric bike

TREVIGLIO, Italy (BRAIN) — Bianchi has announced its decision to end UWC's distribution of the Bianchi brand in Thailand.

"Bianchi and UWC market strategies and visions have evolved since they began to work together over 10 years ago and it is the right moment to end their cooperation," Bianchi said.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association has hired The Gluskin Townley Group to conduct the 2016 edition of the association's annual Specialty Channel Retailer Research Study. The 2016 study will be published at the end of the first quarter of 2017.

Nirve bikes now available online with delivery through IBDs.

NORTHVALE, N.J. (BRAIN) — G. Joannou Cycles, the owner of Nirve Bicycles, has announced a new online sales program for the brand called All-Access. The Nirve line will now be available direct to consumers online with final delivery and fulfillment taking place at a local bicycle shop of the buyer's choice.

Tagged Omnichannel

MANCHESTER, N.H. (BRAIN) — Honey Stinger has joined The Bike Cooperative as the newest supplier partner of the retailer co-op.

The companies worked together on the Las Vegas bike-share program.

MADISON, Wis. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Transit Systems and BCycle have agreed to a strategic alliance to offer bike share operations and equipment. Trek Bicycle — BCycle's owner — has made an equity investment in Bicycle Transit Systems as part of the alliance.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BRAIN) — Trainer brand Kinetic has announced dealer-direct pricing with better margins and quick delivery from its European warehouse. The reduced pricing is available on the full trainer line, including the new Rock and Roll | Smart Control.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — John Bradley is leaving Competitor Group Inc., where he is editor in chief of VeloNews and senior vice president of media for all CGI's titles. He is leaving to join a tech start-up.

Tagged People / Media/Publishing

LUGANO, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Assos of Switzerland has reached a three-year agreement to sponsor and supply the BMC Racing Team, as well as BMC Development Team and the BMC MTB Racing Team, for all training and racing apparel needs.

GIVISIEZ, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Scott Sports is becoming one of a handful of bike brands with its name as part of a World Tour team title.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — USA Cycling has announced three new members of its Board of Directors.

Stephen Ettinger, Beth Hernandez, and Arielle Verhaaren were elected as sport committee representatives to the board during the annual sport committee meetings held October 31 - November 1 here.

MONTECCHIO MAGGIORE, Italy (BRAIN) — Giordana Cycling Apparel has signed the ORICA-BikeExchange team to a multi-year agreement to wear Giordana technical apparel. The team will use Giordana clothing for all racing and training activities beginning in January. Giordana will also supply their women's team.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike has sent out an email survey soliciting information that could change the timing and location of future shows. The survey was sent to exhibitors and retailers midmorning Friday.

Tagged Interbike

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