MILAN, Italy (BRAIN)—Luxottica Group S.p.A. reported net sales at its Wholesale Division, which owns Oakley, rose to €555.1 million ($784 mm) in the third quarter ending Sept. 30, from €518.3 million ($669 mm) in the third quarter of 2010.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Leisure Trends Group (LTG) has hired Scott Buelter as vice president of its Customer Relationship Marketing (CRM) Division.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Cyclists including current professionals and racing legends will take to the picturesque roads of Southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains on Thursday, Nov. 3, to benefit the family of Road Bike Action magazine editor Zapata Espinoza, whose wife, Ronette, died of cancer this year.
FORT WORTH, TX (BRAIN)—Trinity Bicycles will move to a new space in Sundance Square, a 35-block retail, residential, entertainment and cultural district in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (BRAIN)—Matt Blevins has social networking to thank for making his shop a reality. Well, that and heckuva a lot of hard work.
LAGUNA BEACH, CA (BRAIN)—Highway Two has added sales veteran Brian Bohlman to its sales team. Bohlman joins the company as the regional sales manager for Highway Two’s Midwestern and Eastern territories.
GRAND JUNCTION, CO (BRAIN)—DT Swiss continues to branch out into new markets and has found a Colombian distributor in Disandina S.A.
POMONA, CA (BRAIN)—Year after year at Interbike, show attendees from the recumbent industry would get together for a dinner to discuss the state of the market in their corner of the cycling world.
CLOPPENBURG, Germany (BRAIN)—Pon Holdings issued its offer document for the public takeover of Derby Cycle today, opening the 28-day acceptance period for the buyout.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer and Industry News’ offices in Southern California are closed starting today as they undergo some remodeling.
However, the magazine’s editorial and production staff is still checking phone messages and answering email remotely.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Gates Corp., maker of the chain-replacing Gates Carbon Drive™ belt drive for bikes, has entered a three-year sponsorship with the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.
MARIETTA, GA (BRAIN)—BMX legend and master wheel builder John Kovachi passed away on Wednesday morning from kidney failure. He was 46.
The former BMX racer started Kovachi Wheels in Georgia in 1989.
PORTSMOUTH, UK (BRAIN)—Former Olympic cyclist Derek Bouchard-Hall has been hired by Wiggle as its head of performance development.
“I am very excited to be joining a company with a real passion for cycling and is at the forefront of the rapidly changing cycling and tri-sport equipment industry," he said.
FORT COLLINS, CA (BRAIN)—Big Shot has hired Jason Jones as national sales manager to help launch its new wholesale division. The new hire will allow Ryan Clark, the former head of sales, to focus more on retail and administrative duties as the company’s new operations manager.
CENTRAL POINT, OR (BRAIN)—South African-made Morewood Bikes is now available in the U.S. through Oregon based distributor Unique Sports Co.
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—In a letter Specialized emailed Wednesday, company founder Mike Sinyard told Specialized dealers that as more brands turn to mass merchants and sporting goods stores, bike shops must decide whether it makes sense to carry certain brands.
“I am delighted to lead this small group on a tour around some of my favorite roads in the whole world. This is my backyard. I love it, and I’ve called in a quite a few favors to make this day absolutely unforgettable.”
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Tern Bicycles is showing support for the California Bike Summit and the relaunch of the California Bike Coalition.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—The USA Pro Cycling Challenge brought $83.5 million into Colorado in late August, according to IFM, a sports research firm that race organizers hired to gauge the race's benefits.