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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. 

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

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.

Tagged Distributor news

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

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

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.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship
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.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

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.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — In a coup for the Taiwan bicycle industry, the European Cyclists’ Federation has chosen Taipei as the host city for its 2016 annual conference—Velo-city Global. 

BROOKLYN, NY (BRAIN) — Clothing brand Champion System will be the technical apparel sponsor of the LUNA Pro Team for the 2014 season.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Organizers of the German trade show ISPO Munich have named RecoFit Compression Gear as a finalist in the show's ISPO BRANDNEW contest. The compression gear brand was recognized in the award's sportswear category.

Tagged Awards / Tradeshows and conferences

BERN, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Bike industry representatives are forming a committee that hopes to work with the UCI to make disc brakes a reality in UCI-sanctioned road races.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

ROSSANO VENETO, Italy (BRAIN) — Thieves stole 6,000 saddles — worth about 1 million euros ($1.4 million) — from the Selle San Marco warehouse here on Friday night, the company said.

The saddles were stored in more than 300 boxes that were ready to be shipped.

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