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Posted June 5, 2013

HALIFAX, United Kingdom (BRAIN) — Sim Mainey has joined Orange Mountain Bikes as graphics and marketing manager. He comes to the bike brand from U.K. consumer magazine Singletrack, where he served as art director for eight years.

Posted in International Tagged People
Posted June 4, 2013

MILL VALLEY, CA (BRAIN) — Alienation BMX is growing its reach in Europe through a new distribution deal with Germany’s La Finca Distribution. Alienation BMX is making both its race and freestyle components available to La Finca’s customers.

Posted in International Tagged Distributor news
Posted June 4, 2013
A bicycle superhighway in Finland (photo courtesy ECF)

BRUSSELS, Belgium (BRAIN) — Denmark and the Netherlands tied for first place in a new benchmark report that ranks all 27 European Union countries measuring five criteria—daily cycling levels, cycle tourism, advocacy activity, bicycle sales and cyclists’ safety.

Posted in International Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted May 30, 2013

MUNICH, Germany (BRAIN) — German trade show organizer ISPO has named one overall and seven category winners of its biannual "Bike Industry’s Best Start Ups" awards.

Posted in International Tagged Awards / Tradeshows and conferences
Posted May 28, 2013
ANTWERP, Belgium (BRAIN) — Madison UK is the new distributor of Lazer helmets and eyewear in the U.K. and Ireland, Lazer announced Tuesday.
Posted in International Tagged Distributor news
Posted May 22, 2013

LONDON, England (BRAIN) — Future plc, publisher of, and a handful of cycling print publications including Cycling Plus, saw a decline in group revenue of 1 percent in its first financial half, even as digital revenue was up 33 percent year-on-year and now represents 25 per

Posted in International Tagged Media/Publishing / Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted May 14, 2013

HARTFORD, CT (BRAIN) — The state of Connecticut is considering a $3 million loan to help relocate Cannondale Sports Unlimited — the new name for what was formerly known as Dorel's Recreation/Leisure division.

Posted in International Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted May 13, 2013
Nys in the rainbow jersey. Photo:  Golazo Sports

LONGMONT, CO (BRAIN) — Reigning cyclocross world champion Sven Nys of Belgium will compete in this fall's ClifBar CrossVegas race, which is scheduled for September 18 in Las Vegas, on the evening of the first day of the Interbike Expo.

Posted in International Tagged Racing & Sponsorship / Interbike
Posted May 6, 2013
Florian Dammer

GHENT, Belgium (BRAIN) — ETRA, the European retailer association, has hired Florian Dammer as its new business development manager.

Posted in International Tagged People
Posted April 30, 2013

MUNICH, Germany (BRAIN) — Alpen will distribute Hayes Components products in Italy, the companies announced Tuesday.

Posted in International Tagged Distributor news
Posted April 25, 2013

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano’s total sales inched up to $636.1 million (63.3 billion yen) from $628.1 million over the first quarter of last year.

Sales at Shimano’s bicycle division grew 3 percent to $514 million (51.1 billion yen), and account for 81 percent of the company’s total sales.

Posted in International
Posted April 25, 2013

HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN) — Mavic parent Amer Sports reported a 2 percent increase in sales for the first quarter on Thursday, and said it expected full-year sales to rise by at least 5 percent.

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Posted April 25, 2013

BRUSSELS, Belgium (BRAIN) — The European Cycling Federation’s Cycling Industry Club has announced six grant recipients for 2013 as part of its Leadership Program.

Posted in International Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Awards
Posted April 24, 2013
Showers Pass U.K. managing director Fraser Ranson

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN) — Portland-based clothing brand Showers Pass is opening a sales office in the United Kingdom next month.

Based in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, the Showers Pass U.K. headquarters will open for business May 16 and will introduce the company's full product line to the U.K.

Posted in International Tagged People
Posted April 22, 2013
We wrap up our series on industry succession with a look at how the titans who created the island’s manufacturing base are handing off control—in most cases to their children.
Posted in International Tagged From the Magazine / Succession Series
Posted April 18, 2013
German brand makes leap into GPS; adds power meter compatibility with flagship Rox 10.0 model.
The Rox 10.0

MALLORCA, Spain (BRAIN) — Sigma is taking aim at the enthusiast market with its first GPS-equipped bike computer that also uses the widely adopted ANT+ protocol to read data from external sensors and power meters.

Posted in International
Posted April 17, 2013
Kirk Bauch, Lapierre North America's Director of Sales and Marketing

KENT, WA (BRAIN) — Lapierre, a French bike brand with little presence in North America currently, will become "the premiere performance brand" within the newly formed Accell North America, the company said this week.

Posted in International Tagged IBD Summit
Posted April 17, 2013

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Mountain Bike Hall of Famer Junzo Kawai is back with a new company, SunXCD, offering a hubset, cranks and rims, and a promise of more things to come. 

Posted in International
Posted April 17, 2013

MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN) — Tony Lo offered a thumbnail sketch of the global cycling market through Tony’s Report — a short weather report for the industry.

Posted in International Tagged IBD Summit
Posted April 16, 2013

MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN) — The industry has a new company in town — Accell Group North America. And its new structure is taking aim at the industry’s top three brands — Trek, Specialized and Giant.

Posted in International


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