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AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Ahead of this weekend's Grand Départ in Düsseldorf, Germany, the International Cycling Union has announced several safety changes, some of which will take effect this year and some next year. 

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

EAST BURKE, Vt. (BRAIN) — The 20th annual New England Mountain Bike Association Festival (NEMBAfest), held June 16-18 at the Kingdom Trails in Vermont, saw registration jump 24 percent to bring in a record 7,100-plus riders over the festival’s three days, organizers said.

Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides

FARMINGTON, Utah (BRAIN) — Vista Outdoor, which owns several bike-related companies including Bell and Giro, has laid off 57 employees across its portfolio of more than 50 outdoor brands.

MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — A court has issued a temporary restraining order barring two Minnesota men from using, selling, or transferring websites associated with the name Gregory LeMond and the LeMond and Grail trademarks.

The Ruckus staff.

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Ruckus Composites said it is experiencing a surge in business growth, leading to the hiring of two new, full-time employees and one summer intern. The company was founded in 2008 to repair carbon bikes. 

DURANGO, Colo. (BRAIN) — Tailwind Nutrition has been named a Colorado Company to Watch in 2017 by The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

KOBLENZ, Germany (BRAIN) — Canyon has received the Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2017 award and its team will be included in the Red Dot Hall of Fame, the organization has announced.

Tagged Awards

LEANDER, Texas (BRAIN) — Sealant manufacturer Orange Seal has bee named the official sealant of Team Bora-Hansgrohe, which includes two-time defending world champion Peter Sagan.

LINCOLNWOOD, Ill. (BRAIN) — BMW has joined the Electric Bike Expo as an exhibitor beginning with its Chicago-area event, which opened Friday and continues through Sunday. BMW will be on board for the other four stops on the 2017 Expo tour, which include Burnsville, Minnesota, in July; Portland, Oregon, in August; Miami in October and Philadelphia in November.

Tagged Electric bike / Consumer Expos and Rides

PAAL-BERINGEN, Belgium (BRAIN) — Race Productions NV, parent company of Ridley, is taking over Belgian brand Eddy Merckx. Bart van Muylder, CEO of Diepensteyn NV and owner of Eddy Merckx Cycles, said that the company’s limited scale has had a negative impact on its purchase and sales prices.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
The new Pivot Les 27.5 hardtail.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Pivot had been scheduled to unveil the revamp of its Mach 4 Carbon model at Eurobike. But a robust early selling season for the original version of the lightweight 27.5-inch, 115-millimeter-travel bike, which debuted here at PressCamp three years ago, accelerated the time table.

Tagged PressCamp

KETCHUM, Idaho (BRAIN) — Consulting company CrankTank has added Adrian Montgomery as a new partner. CrankTank will broaden its service offerings to include public relations, social media marketing, content marketing, digital marketing and paid media planning.

Tagged People
Cox talks to an outdoor industry journalist after the panel discussion.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — The election of Donald Trump contributed to the outdoor industry's decision to move its major trade show out of Utah after 21 years in the state, two state officials told journalists Wednesday.

Tagged PressCamp

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike has a number of new initiatives on tap for this year’s show, including a new crowd-funding area called The Incubator, and a New Product Showcase area.

Tagged Events / Tradeshows and conferences / Interbike

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Ocean freight rates from Asian ports to the West Coast are on the rise as shippers have reduced capacity and as the global economy posts stronger growth.  

Velo's Stella Yu (Photo Wheel Giant)

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Stella Yu, founder and president of Velo, is getting a jump on the company’s 40th anniversary next year. Yu also turns 70 next year, and it will be the 10-year anniversary of the A-Team ride around the island of Taiwan.

Outdoor and bike industry journos will question Utah state officials on land policy Wednesday.
BOA sponsored the opening reception and gave a presentation about its technology and focus.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — PressCamp, which opened Tuesday here, gives cycling journalists an opportunity to listen to stories about brands and products that rarely get told at trade shows and other events — stories, truth be told, that are not best recounted in brief same-day web coverage like this.

Tagged PressCamp

TETON VALLEY, Idaho (BRAIN) — The founders of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, Scott and Jannine Fitzgerald, launched a second Kickstarter campaign to expand on their book “B is For Bicycles” and podcast series, which encourages kids to ride their bike.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes today launched its latest consumer campaign, Bike Days of Summer, with the goal of motivating more ridership this summer. The promotion features four different days focused on inspirational reasons to get out and ride.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

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