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Tilford in 2015. Imagesmith Photo

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (BRAIN) — According to web postings by a friend, veteran pro road, mountain bike and cyclocross racer Steve Tilford died early Wednesday following a vehicle crash on I-70 near the Colorado/Utah border. Tilford was about 57.

Clements at the 2017 IBD Summit in Tempe, Arizona

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike has hired former longtime NBDA executive director Fred Clements to fill the newly created position of retail relations director.

Tagged People / Interbike

BERKELEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The Youth Cycling Alliance, which was formed last year following a meeting at Interbike, is working with UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business to map and assess existing youth cycling programs around the country.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

SAUSALITO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Osmo Nutrition, relaunched last year after a period of dormancy, is now being distributed exclusively in the U.S. and Canada by Highway Two.

Tagged Distributor news

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giant Retail Academy, the retailer training website for Giant USA, is hosting the recently released 10-part BPSA e-bike video series. The 10 videos and quizzes, produced by the Bicycle Product Supplier's Association, are designed to help retail staff explain and sell e-bikes.

Tagged Electric bike

MADRID (BRAIN) — Rotor America has hired Matt Clements as its East Coast tech rep.

Tagged People

DENVER (BRAIN) —  Gates Corporation has hired Boo Bicycles' former chief technical officer, Ben Castaneda, as a technical support specialist in the company's bicycle division. Castaneda will oversee OEM support, service, warranty and special projects for Gates Carbon Drive's North American market.

LEVIS, Quebec (BRAIN) — Distributions Lyncée is the new Canadian distributor of Bkool bike trainers. 

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP is now a global distribution partner for BMX race brands Staats and Ciari. Both brands offer BMX race-focused products. 

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Blackout Distribution has recently promoted Ryan O'Rourke to be assistant brand manager of Cinema, Kink, and Mission BMX, overseeing the direction of all three brands.

O'Rourke was previously Blackout's warehouse manager for several years.

Tagged People

MISSOULA, Mont. (BRAIN) — Michael Deme, who was Adventure Cycling's director of design and media, died suddenly and unexpectedly of natural causes this week at age 51.

Deme was a 24-year staffer of Adventure Cycling Association and longtime editor of Adventure Cyclist magazine.

Canyon staffs up as it preps for U.S. entry

KOBLENZ, Germany (BRAIN) — Canyon Bicycles GmbH has made several key hires in the U.S. as it prepares to begin selling direct to consumers in late summer.

ENCINITAS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Lava magazine's May 1 issue, now hitting newsstands, will be its last print edition. The magazine will continue to be available as a digital magazine, but will no longer be available as a large-format publication.

Tagged Media/Publishing
Adidas also announces new lifestyle/technical sunglass, the Horizor.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Echos Communications has announced that it will serve as the North American public relations agency of record for Adidas Sport Eyewear.

SEATTLE, Wash. (BRAIN) — RacerMate Inc., which announced this month that it would stop making its CompuTrainer stationary trainers, is establishing a membership program to ensure that current trainer owners will be able to get replacement parts "virtually indefinitely."

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Ventum, a high-end triathlon bike brand, is the latest bike company to join the Velofix Direct program. Velofix mobile repair operations will assembly and deliver Ventum bikes ordered online. 

Tagged Mobile service

VENTURA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Zeitbike is now the exclusive U.S. distributor of Full Windsor, a multi-tool brand from Leeds, U.K. Full Windsor had previously been distributed by several other U.S. distributors.

Tagged Distributor news

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Spin, a San Francisco-based bike share company, is launching a new bike share system here that requires no kiosks, or stations. Riders — who can borrow a bike for $1 per ride — can pick up and leave a bike almost anywhere. 

The new Model 1c.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Volata Cycles, which received boatloads of media attention last year with the launch of its Model 1 smart bike, is launching a second model, the Model 1c, which will be delivered to U.S. consumers by Velofix mobile repair operations, where available.

Tagged Mobile service
A rider on Colorado's Monarch Crest. IMBA photo.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — After a year on hold, IMBA is relaunching its Model Trails program, which recognizes outstanding mountain bike trails and locations. Trails are awarded with Epic designations and gold, silver and bronze-level Ride Center designations.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

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