OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano’s sales hit $742.2 million (75.7 billion yen) over the first quarter, compared to $620.5 million (63.3 billion yen) over the same period last year. Sales in its bike division hit $598.6 million (61.1 billion yen), an increase of 19 percent.
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — BRG Sports has extended its distribution agreements with Australia' Sheppard Industries for BRG's Giro and Blackburn products. Both agreements have been extended five years.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Swobo has a new agreeement with U.K.-based retailer Charlie the Bikemonger, which will distribute the brand in Europe and serve as the base of operations for swobobikes.eu.
LONDON (BRAIN) — Wiggle Ltd., the online sports retailer, has appointed Giles David as chief financial officer, effective June 1.
DENVER (BRAIN) — A U.S. District Court in Colorado has issued a temporary restraining order against the former U.S. distributor of Squirt chain lube.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (BRAIN) — WTB has hired Nikolay Titev, who will augment WTB Europe's sales staff, managing Southeastern Europe's aftermarket as well as OEM sales. Titev is based in Bulgaria.
DUARTE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Dahon held a conference for its Asian distributors last weekend in Pattaya, Thailand. This year the company has expanded its regional events, with distributor conferences in Asia and Europe.
HELSINKI (BRAIN) — Mavic sales grew 8 percent in the first quarter of 2014, to 39 million euros ($54 million) worldwide, according to an interim report released Thursday by Mavic parent Amer Sports.
AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The Union Cycliste Internationale has hired Sebastien Gillot as its new head of communications. Gillot was most recently with the International Boxing Association, where he was head of communications and public relations.
SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Campagnolo is the latest brand to create a cycling club on Strava.com, where the component company's fans can share their ride information and socialize.
MADRID, Spain (BRAIN) — Rotor Bike Components has boosted its North American presence by establishing a new U.S.-based headquarters in San Leandro, Calif.
NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Liv/giant has increased its support of Mountain2Mountain, a program that helped create the first-ever National Women's Cycling Team in Afghanistan.
MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Greg LeMond will be joining Eurosport as an on-air channel ambassador, providing analysis on the network's coverage of Paris-Roubaix, the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in a preview and review show called "LeMond on Tour."
Eurosport is broadcast in 54 European markets.
ATLANTA (BRAIN) — FE Sports is now handling sales and marketing of Wahoo Fitness products in Australia.
The agreement is effective immediately and includes Wahoo's full product line of cycling computers, heart rate monitors, cycling trainers, sensors and accessories.
CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM has hired pro racer Alex Rafferty as its new European MTB public relations coordinator.
Rafferty will be based in Schweinfurt, Germany and work with SRAM's global MTB PR team in promoting all of SRAM's mountain bike brands: SRAM, RockShox, Avid, TRUVATIV and Quarq.
AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The Sufferfest, a provider of indoor cycling training videos, is the first major sponsor of the UCI's Women Road World Cup series.
FT. COLLINS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Niner Bikes is sponsoring the GENCO Mongolia Bike Challenge, a seven-day mountain bike stage race in Mongolia. Members of the Niner-equipped Backcountry.com race team will participate in the event, held Aug. 1-7.
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Easton-Bell Sports has extended its exclusive European distribution agreement with Shimano Europe for all EBS brands: Giro, Bell, Blackburn and Easton Cycling.