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SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—Smith Optics received top honors as REI’s Vendor Partner of the Year for 2009. The announcement was made at last week's Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show.

Tagged Awards

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (BRAIN)—Lezyne has agreed to partner with The Bike Cooperative, allowing Lezyne to reach more dealers throughout the nation and in return let the dealers take advantage of The Bike Cooperative’s innovative programs and benefits.

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—QBP has selected Mike McMullen to manage its purchasing department.

In this new role, McMullen will develop and manage purchasing processes, in addition to training and directing purchasing staff.

Tagged People / Distributor news

SAN CARLOS, CA (BRAIN)—Ritchey Design has promoted Kendall Young to the newly created position of North American director of sales for both Ritchey and Syncros brands.

Tagged People

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Leisure Trends Group has reorganized its management team, realigning responsibilities in response to the last two years of sales growth.

TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Trade Association of Canada (BTAC) is reaching out to the Canadian cycling industry and conducting a series of small, intimate meetings with specialty bike retailers and suppliers across Canada during the first quarter of 2010.

Tagged Events

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—The Rocky Mountain Bicycle Festival is set for August 7 and 8 at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado. This third-year event was formerly known as the Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show.

Tagged Events

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Thanks to the cooperation of the bike industry's most popular Web sites and publications, there will be original research presented at the Bicycle Leadership Conference on April 13-15 in Monterey, California.

Tagged Events

MARINA, CA (BRAIN)—Andy Hampsten’s Sidis tell a story. As do Sidi shoes from great champions like Francesco Moser and Bernard Hinault to today’s stars like Alberto Contador and Julien Absalon.

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—More, more, more!!! No, the web editor isn't talking about a Vegas breakfast buffet. He's talking about fresh product for the magazine's product review section.

Tagged BRAIN News

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Matt Pacocha has joined BikeRadar.com as its new U.S. editor. Pacocha formerly served as tech editor at VeloNews.

Tagged Media/Publishing

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Hermes Sport has opened its doors as a new distributor of carbon fiber bicycle components.

Its mission is to give traditional bike shops a means of competing against online, direct-sales outlets in the carbon fiber road bike wheel market.

Tagged Distributor news

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Zoic Clothing's Eric Swenson and Paul Wyandt have bought the company from Nitches, Inc. a publicly traded apparel company.

Both Swenson and Wyandt have been working at Zoic/Nitches for more than 10 years.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

TREVISO, Italy (BRAIN)—Wilier Triestina owner and chairman Lino Gastaldello was killed on Saturday morning while cycling in Treviso, Italy. He was struck by a vehicle and thrown 30 meters, according to an Italian news outlet. He died from his injuries two hours later at the hospital.

Tagged People

GREENVILLE, SC (BRAIN)—Hincapie Sportswear has hired the Moss Bay Group (MBG) as retail sales representatives for the brand in the Northwest.

BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Cannondale Bicycles has hired Robert Burbank as its new general manager. He starts on February 15.

He brings a diverse background in global brand management, sales, business development and operations, mostly recently as global vice president with Burton Corporation.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—Two months into his new job as chief executive officer of Timbuk2, Mike Wallenfels has laid out priorities to help spur growth at the San Francisco bag manufacturer including reconnecting with existing bike and outdoor retailers.

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—With five months still to go until the second annual Bike PressCamp, the event is nearly sold out.

Tagged PressCamp

COLUMBIA, SC (BRAIN)—A product liability lawsuit filed last summer against Look Cycles has been moved from a county court in South Carolina to U.S. District Court, where it is scheduled for jury trial late this year.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—SOAR Communications, a full-service public relations and marketing communications agency for the outdoor recreation industries, has separated from its parent company, Politis LLC, after a successful five-year partnership.

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