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.
BY NICOLE FORMOSA
COSTA MESA, CA—The number of specialty bike retail storefronts dropped to 4,451 in 2007, a decrease of 150 from the year before.
BY JASON NORMAN
PHOENIX, AZ—For nine years Arizona’s Slippery Pig Bike Shop has been hosting night mountain bike rides, with much of its longevity and success owed to the climate it calls home.
“It gets busier as the temperatures rise,” said Eric Angermeier, owner of Slippery Pig in Phoenix.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—Barack Obama, in a private 20-minute meeting with members of the Bikes Belong board of directors, told them if he were elected president he would increase funding for cycling and pedestrian projects.
BAJA NORTE, Mexico (BRAIN)—Preparations are underway for the first-ever mountain bike stage race in the mountains and deserts of Baja California.
LAKE FOREST, CA (BRAIN)—GT Bicycles is launching a new BMX team program dubbed the Project, made up of 10 riders from around the world who were selected through an online contest held on the Vital BMX Web site.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—As the popularity of triathlons grows in the United States so do sales of bike travel cases that allow athletes to fly to faraway races, according to a story in Thursday’s New York Times.
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—A group of 25 volunteers from Cannondale, Mike’s Bikes, Helen’s Cycles and “Bike Tech” recently dedicated themselves to this year’s AIDS/LifeCycle.
PACOIMA, CA (BRAIN)—Kemco Group International has partnered with Kunshan Giant Light Metal Technology to produce Vuelta-branded wheels.
Move over Cannondale and Trek, President Bush could be riding a new brand in the next Tour de Crawford. Seems Dubya picked up a shiny new Cult Black Gold XTR carbon hardtail mountain bike while visiting Slovenia earlier this week.
"Unfortunately, Tuesday's (Lakers) crowd of power players, millionaires, industry frauds, celebrities and trophy girlfriends were afraid to stand because they thought the change in atmospheric pressure would affect the Botox in their cheeks."
NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Ryders Eyewear has a new marketing coordinator.
Jenya Draganov brings an outdoor industry background and fresh ideas to the value-priced eyewear manufacturer, as well as a love for climbing, kayaking, backcountry skiing, surfing and Latin American culture.
WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN)—The Midwest has been getting hammered with recent flooding and many Trek employees are still on flood watch.
PACOIMA, CA (BRAIN)—FMF Racing has decided not to renew its five-year distribution agreement with Kemco, according to Kemco vice president Tom Curran.
Curran said FMF represented less than 20 percent of Kemco’s overall business.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—“If the top candidate for the key leadership position in the world is willing to meet with people from our industry, you don’t say 'sorry' that I’m on vacation,” said Tim Blumenthal, executive director of Bikes Belong.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Selling Cycling 2008 consists of 28 three-to-five-minute training modules, available either on DVD or online.
There is also online Product Category training for 32 different bike and accessory categories, and over 4,000 individual product SKUs from 75 top brands.
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Fuji Bikes is working with Jinxed Philadelphia and R.E. Load Baggage to produce the Rolling Canvas Art Collective in an effort to highlight the use of bicycles as a means of artistic expression.