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FARMINGTON, Utah (BRAIN) — Vista Outdoor Inc. has named Christopher T. Metz as the company's new CEO, effective Oct. 9. Metz also will serve as a member of the board of directors.

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Selle Royal Group has hired Priscilla Savord as retail sales and marketing specialist for Fizik and Crankbrothers in North America.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Confirming what many cyclists already know, a new study by the American Automobile Association found that new vehicle "infotainment" systems cause drivers to take their eyes and attention off the road for potentially dangerous periods of time. 

Previous scholarship recipients at UBI.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — For the fifth year, QBP and other sponsors are offering scholarships for women to attend the two-week Professional Repair and Shop Operations class at United Bicycle Institute. This year the scholarship will be offered to 32 women. 

HAIFA, Israel (BRAIN) — Everysight, the maker of the Raptor smart sunglass, has announced its first "brand athlete," Chris McCormack. 

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Triathlon apparel brand Zoot Sport has new ownership. Industry veterans and former Zoot Sports employees Shawn O'Shea and Dan Weatherford have purchased the brand back from Newell Brands and have moved the brand back to Carlsbad.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Haute Route, a multi-day event series for amateur road cyclists, has appointed cycling industry veteran Micah Rice as head of operations for North America. Rice comes to Haute Route from USA Cycling, where he has been vice president of national events for the last five years. 

NICA now has 21 leagues.

BERKELEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Interscholastic Cycling Association will be adding new high school race leagues in Maryland and West Virginia.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Chris King Precision Components is hosting a panel discussion on the state of the independent bicycle dealer, with participants including bike retailers and representatives from several major brands.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike officials say several more key bike and accessory brands have committed to participate in the second annual Fall CycloFest, planned for outside Charlotte, North Carolina, Oct. 19-22.

Tagged Events / Interbike

POZZOLEONE, Italy (BRAIN) — Selle Royal Group has hired Brian Valverde as its North American OEM sales manager.

NELSON, British Columbia (BRAIN) — NRG Enterprisesis taking over Canadian distribution of Unior Tools, effective immediately.=

In June this year, Raymond Lanctôt Ltd. acquired NRG.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bosch eBike Systems is expanding its reatiler training program. The company will now offer its Dealer Certification Clinics in 65 cities from this month through March 2018.

Tagged Electric bike

MEQUON, Wis. (BRAIN) — Hayes Performance Systems, the parent company of Manitou, has reached a multi-year, global agreement with STIKRD.com to offer custom and replacement decal kits for Manitou suspension forks.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — SmartEtailing is doing a phased rollout of its new responsive website templates and content management tools for retailers. The company has been working on the updates for more than a year.

The Vision Five Beer socks come with matching beer sleeves.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BRAIN) — Swiftwick is contributing a percentage of the proceeds from sales of its Vision product line to various non-profit initiatives, including a regional IMBA chapter.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — Chris Speyer, managing director for Accell North America, is leaving the company to join REI as vice president of private brands. He will take on his new role Oct. 30.

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Ride BMX, a 25-year-old website published by TEN: The Enthusiast Network, has formed an exclusive e-commerce relationship with Source BMX, an e-commerce retailer.

Tagged Media/Publishing

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN)  — QBP's annual Frostbike will be held Feb. 15-17, 2018, the distributor announced Thursday. Registration is free for all QBP retailers and opens Nov. 2.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Frostbike

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP is dividing two of its territories into four and adding two outside sales representatives, Kyle Stark and Jeremy Whitman, to manage these new territories. Current sales reps Greg Patterson and Chuck Hood will continue to serve shops in their regions.

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