LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and AEG, owners respectively of the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California, have formed a marketing partnership to grow and develop each other’s events, the companies announced this week.
A ceremony in honor of the late Clay Mankin, founder of City Cycle in San Francisco, is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Crissy Field Visitor Center.
A bike rack will be dedicated in Mankin's honor, followed by a group ride and pizza at City Cycle.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—The Selling Cycling web- and DVD-based staff training program recently set a new record by surpassing its 300,000th training incident for the 2008 season, according to Ray Keener, Growth Cycle President.
The success is the result of several factors, Keener said.
RAMONA, CA (BRAIN)— Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles, Inc. has hired David Woronets as operations manager.
Effective June 16, Woronets will oversee Ellsworth's frame building operations in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area.
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN)—Eurobike has attracted a record 900 exhibitors from 37 countries for this year’s tradeshow to be held Sept. 4 to 7 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Last year, 868 vendors participated in the tradeshow, which was also a record, and 34,280 visitors attended.
We want to give a shout out to the crew over at Chris King Components in Portland, Oregon. Despite some undesirable weather, a record number of Chris King employees commuted by bike every day they worked during National Bike Month in May.
MISSION VIEJO, CA (BRAIN)—Rico Sports Group has added Alex Rims/A-Class Wheels to the list of brands it represents.
Rico Sports Group launched in September 2007. Hutchinson tires hired Rico to act as the company’s sales agent for the North American OEM market.
PARK CITY, UTAH (BRAIN)—The Cannondale Sports Group has joined other leaders in the bicycle industry in sponsoring the IMBA World Summit, which begins today in Park City, Utah.
SANTA MONICA, CA (BRAIN)—Lance Armstrong has teamed up with Demand Media, Inc. to launch Livestrong.com, a spinoff
of the nonprofit Livestrong.org run by the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
LOUISVILLE, CO (BRAIN)—Pearl Izumi has begun operations from its new U.S. headquarters located in Louisville, Colorado.
Louisville is located in Boulder County where Pearl Izumi was launched in the U.S. 27 years ago.
Previously, Pearl Izumi was located about five miles away in Broomfield.
While we're talking Massachusetts, all you New England bike folks out there can help snag some dough for MassBike, the state's nonprofit (read: can always use the money) bike coalition.
HANCOCK, MA (BRAIN)—Mountain bike legends Brian Lopes, Hans Rey and Eric Carter are just a few of the big names taking part in the 2008 Kenda Bikefest next month in the Berkshires.
TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Trade Association of Canada announces its support of a new nationwide vehicle scrappage program to be headed by the Clean Air Foundation.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—Last Thursday’s fundraiser for Barack Obama, organized by SRAM’s F.K. Day and his wife, Leah, raised approximately $175,000 from the bicycle industry.
Besides those at the event, a number of people in the industry contributed money who were unable to attend.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Schwinn has hired Tim Staton as its new marketing manager.
Staton will help provide an expanded marketing focus for the Schwinn brand within the independent bicycle dealer channel.
BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—QBP president and chief executive officer Steve Flagg received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 Award in the distribution category for the Upper Midwest regional program.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—SmartEtailing is partnering with Leisure Trends Group to track and report on product sell-through at retail for the bicycle industry.
Leisure Trends will license SmartEtailing's extensive database in order to establish a benchmark of product models and variations.
"When you slipped one past ol' Russert, you felt as though you had hit a home run off the best pitcher in the league. I just loved Tim and I will miss him more than I can say." —Bob Schieffer, host of CBS' "Face the Nation," to the Associated Press on competing with the late Tim Russert.
BY MATT WIEBE
SANTA CRUZ, CA—A perfect storm is building of people who cannot afford gas, who realize they have to change their lifestyle to save the planet and believe bikes are the answer.