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DUARTE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Cycleurope France, a member of the Group Grimaldi of Sweden, is Dahon's new distributor in France.

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Ripper (left) and Wollenhaupt.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM has appointed Frank Ripper as its  mountain bike PR coordinator for much of Europe. Ripper has been SRAM's MTB technical marketing coordinator for Europe for the last few days.

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Team Sky gets blue Stages power meters.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Britain's Team Sky will use U.S.-made Stages Cycling power meters for the 2014 race season, the company announced Tuesday.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship
Company takes over title spot on the former Argos-Shimano squad. The bike brand also sponsors a development squad and women's team.
Team Giant-Shimano at a training camp earlier this month.

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giant Bicycle is joining Cannondale, Trek, Merida and BMC among bike brands that are title or co-title sponsors of top-tier UCI professional road teams.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship
Octal helmet in Garminum Blue

STOCKHOLM (BRAIN) — Swedish helmet and eyewear maker POC has signed on as sponsor of the Garmin-Sharp professional team for the next three years. POC will supply helmets and eyewear to the team starting this month.

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STOCKHOLM (BRAIN) — Engineers and product designers from Swedish helmet brand POC and Volvo Car Group are working together on products that will improve rider safety, according to a press release issued Thursday.

GHENT, Belgium (BRAIN) — The membership of the European Two-wheel Retailers’ Association (ETRA) has decided to dissolve the organization because of insufficient funding, the group said in a brief statement emailed Wednesday and posted on the association’s website.

Riccardo Bigolin

POZZOLEONE, Italy  (BRAIN) — Riccardo Bigolin, who founded Selle Royal and saw it grow into one of the world’s premium saddle companies, died on New Year’s Day. He had turned 85 on Dec. 28.

Team Name Team Bike Component Sponsor
AG2R LA MONDIALE Focus Campagnolo
ASTANA PRO TEAM Specialized Campagnolo

BAAL, Belgium (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle is sponsoring cyclocross world champion Sven Nys' team, Crelan AA Drink, starting New Year's Day. Nys is a two-time world champion, six-time World Cup overall winner and eight-time Belgium national champion. 

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DUARTE, CA (BRAIN) — Dahon bikes are now being distributed in Poland by Arkus & Romet, which has a network of more than 700 dealers throughout the country.

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CARREGOSA, Portugal (BRAIN) — Polisport Group has acquired the Dutch baby seat maker Bobike, the companies announced Monday.

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN) — Emerald Expositions, owner of Interbike, Outdoor Retailer and Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, has acquired GLM Markets and one of its trade shows, Surf Expo, for $335 million.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Tradeshows and conferences

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The UCI on Friday reminded the industry that starting in the new year, it will relax some rules on how riders are positioned on time trial bikes, making the bike approval process at races quicker and more predictable.

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Photo courtesy: Jornada cicloturismo

GUADIX, Spain (BRAIN) — El Patronato Provincial del Turismo de Granada, the provincial tourism department of Granada, recently convened more than 80 participants representing 18 business sectors at Enturna, the International School of Rural and Environmental Tourism, to boost efforts for developing cyclotourism in Spain.

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The uneasy relationship between the industry and cycling’s international governing body, the UCI, has improved, just a bit, over the course of 2013.

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SCOTTS VALLEY, CA (BRAIN) — Bell Helmets has extended its sponsorship of the Belkin Pro Cycling team for two more years and will continue as the team’s official helmet supplier through 2015. 

Team riders wear Bell’s Gage and Javelin road helmets. 

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Power meter brand Stages Cycling is opening an office in Kirchzarten, Germany, that will handle sales and distribution of its products within Europe. Saddleback LTD will continue to exclusively distribute Stages to dealers in the U.K. and Ireland.

PROVIDENCE, RI (BRAIN) — Organizers of the Providence Cyclo-Cross Festival are planning to make a bid to host a stop on the 2015 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, they announced Wednesday.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship / Consumer Expos and Rides
Ben Powell

HOLSEBRO, Denmark (BRAIN) — Danish ceramic bearing maker CeramicSpeed has named Ben Powell as its U.S. aftermarket operations manager. Powell has worked with HED Cycling and will work out of Clermont, Florida, and Boulder, Colorado, as CeramicSpeed targets the U.S. market for the first time.

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