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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.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
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.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship / Interbike
Florian Dammer

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

Tagged People

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

Tagged Distributor news

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.

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.

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

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Awards
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.

Tagged People

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.

Tagged From the Magazine / Succession Series
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.

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.

Tagged IBD Summit

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. 

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.

Tagged IBD Summit

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.

Galpin talks to a member of the Afghan national cycling team in Kabul.

NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN) — Liv/Giant is supporting the first national women's cycling team in Afghanistan, which was featured on MSNBC recently and for which several bike

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) — The British bike brand Boardman Bikes has appointed its first North American sales direct, Fletch Newland. Newland has worked for FSA and Cervelo in the past.

Tagged People

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend opening day of the Eurobike trade show this year, Wednesday, August 28.

Merkel will take about two hours to officially open Eurobike and then tour the show.

Tagged Eurobike

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) – Accell Group will merge bike production for its Batavus and Sparta brands, the company announced this week. Production will consolidate under one roof at the company’s headquarters in Heerenveen.

HAMONT, Belgium (BRAIN) — The Belgian bike fitting brand Cyclefit, which was owned by the now-bankrupt distributor Veltec Benelux, has a new owner, former Veltec Benelux employee Niels Heuvelman.

Cratoni's Lennarz-Kellner at the Taipei Cycle Show. Photo: Lynette Carpiet

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — German helmet maker Cratoni is taking a second stab in the U.S. The company recently announced plans to re-enter the already crowded lid market in North America, teaming up with SKS USA, which will be its exclusive distributor.

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show


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