BY NICOLE FORMOSA
WILMINGTON, DE—Blair Clark, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Smith Optics, summed up the impact of the Joe’s Sports, Outdoors and More recent bankruptcy filing this way: “I’ve broken both collar bones cycling and this is more painful.”
BY MEGAN TOMPKINS
BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN)—Yakima has launched a national marketing campaign focused on overcoming “Rack Envy.”
KETCHUM, ID (BRAIN)—Several sports manufacturers, including brands that produce bike specific clothing like Helly Hansen and Spyder Active Sports, are among the dozens being charged by Tec-Technology Enabled Clothing, Inc. with patent infringement.
BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—The Connecticut Technology Council and its Innovation Pipeline Accelerator Program has selected Topolino Technology, LLC as its Company of the Month. This recognition is offered to a select group of high potential and most promising technology companies.
JACKSON HOLE, WY (BRAIN)—Freedom Riders, the latest high-definition mountain biking film from Jackson, WY-based KGB Productions and Gravnetic, will hold its world premiere on Saturday April 18 at the Sea Otter Classic, at the Embassy Suites in Seaside, CA, from 7-9 p.m.
"I'm inspired by people who seek to squeeze the lifeblood out of life. I just have this overwhelming desire to take as much of the opportunity to live as I can because you look around you and you realize a lot of people are already dead."
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The League of American Bicyclists has announced its 2008 Bike Shops of the Year.
Region 1: Belmont Wheelworks, Belmont, MA
Region 2: Genesis Bicycles, Easton, PA
Region 3: Revolution Cycles, Arlington, VA
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN)—An exclusive partnership agreement between VDZ, Germany’s retailer association for two-wheeled vehicles, and the Eurobike International Bicycle Trade Show has been signed.
WILMINGTON, DE (BRAIN)—Seattle Bike Supply is asking bankrupt Joe’s Outdoors and More to return more than $82,000 in unpaid inventory.
HUTCHINSON, KS (BRAIN)—Kansas felt more like Chicago this past weekend, burying parts of the Jayhawk State in more than two feet of snow and knocking out power to at least 17,000 homes and businesses.
HARELBEKE, Belgium (BRAIN)—Professional cycling team Saxo Bank is changing its racing componentry from Shimano to SRAM Red.
Team director Bjarne Riis, renowned for his selectiveness, has asked SRAM to assist in swapping Saxo Bank's entire fleet of bikes to Red.
AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN)—All those doubts about Lance Armstrong racing in the Tour de France after suffering a broken collarbone in Spain can seemingly be erased.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—To make sense of federal legislation and learn what you can do to help ensure funds are set aside for cycling projects, plan to attend the Bicycle Leadership Conference next month.
OLATHE, KS (BRAIN)—Garmin has went through quite a transformation in the last year with its cycling/fitness specific product. It used to be that new product would show up in three different channels with the same pricing, much to the chagrin of the IBD. Not anymore.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Executives at Eurobike and Bike Expo, a new German trade show in Munich, tiptoe around the phrase “trade show war.” But Messe Friedrichshafen and Messe München appear headed for a toe-to-toe slugfest over the world’s leading trade show—Eurobike.
"I would have said a mountain lion, or Katie Couric, jumped out in front of me."
—Matt Lauer, confronting ESPN's Tony Kornheiser, who accused Lauer of making up the story about a deer jumping out in front of him while he was riding his bike last weekend. Lauer ended with his arm in a sling as a result.
SAUK RAPIDS, MN (BRAIN)—ARS Business Solutions has released an advanced utility that electronically transmits product data from the ARS Point-of-Sale (POS) and Inventory Management Software (IMS) to QBP, allowing QBP to pre-apply custom merchandise labels prior to order shipment.
WHISTLER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—After celebrating a year of milestones in 2008 including more than 800,000 webcast and online content views, the first-ever double backflip at a major mountain bike competition and the birth of the Giant Slalom and the VW Trick Showdown, Kokanee Crankworx is ready to blow the lid o