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HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands (BRAIN)—Accell Group N.V. has acquired Bäumker & Co, a German trading company of bikes and parts and accessories that also distributes Batavus, a brand owned by Accell.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Distributor news

BALA CYNWYD, PA (BRAIN)—Vic Rollins has been let go as vice president of sales at Sweetskinz.

Tagged People

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—John Duke, senior vice-president of print media at Competitor Group, will leave the company. After two years at CGI, and 14 successful years as publisher of Triathlete Magazine, Duke has decided to pursue other opportunities that will be announced at a later date.

Tagged Media/Publishing

"The closest thing we have to any lift-assisted bike park is Whistler, and that's a pretty substantial drive. I think Stevens Pass is primed for it."

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Importers of bicycle tubing, speedometers, road and hydraulic disc brakes are back to paying the full duty on imported parts as of January, 1.

TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—Mike Gaumond has replaced Pat Hus as CEO of Titus Cycles. Gaumond brings over 20 years of senior management experience to Titus including prior CEO, general management, product management and business development roles in companies ranging from startups to the Fortune 500.

Tagged People

BOSTON, MA (BRAIN)—Scott USA, Raleigh America and Marin Bikes are among the 20 largest unsecured creditors listed in the Dec. 29 bankruptcy filing of Ski Market, a 52-year-old ski and bike chain operating in the Northeast.

BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN)—Clif Bar & Company has hired two new sales agencies to its sales rep force. The Mid-Atlantic Territory will be covered by DS Specialty Sports, LTD and the New England Territory will be covered by Stoner-Andrews.

"I am very excited. I want to have the best bike. It is very important to have the best if you want to win the Tour de France. This is why I made it a requirement to have Specialized as the team bike for my return to Astana.”

MARINA, CA (BRAIN)—Recently established Sidi America, Inc. has redrawn sales representation lines in the key Northern California-Western Nevada territory.

BY MEGAN TOMPKINS

LUSAKA, Zambia—Steven Chilinga swings his leg over the seat of his bicycle and pedals expertly along the rutted dirt path that leads from his home on the outskirts of the rural Zambian village of Keembe. A wisp of a boy, he must stand to reach the pedals of his adult-sized frame.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

BY MARC SANI AND DOUG MCCLELLAN

TAICHUNG, Taiwan—Taichung Mayor Jason Hu beamed as he welcomed hundreds of product managers and executives to Taichung Bike Week.

Tagged Events / Taichung Bike Week

BY NICOLE FORMOSA

TAICHUNG, Taiwan—Taiwan executives project little or no growth in 2010 as the island’s manufacturing industry stabilizes in the wake of the global recession.

LEXINGTON, SC (BRAIN)—The Hawley Company’s 2010 catalog is now available and will start shipping to dealers this week.

Tagged Distributor news

MILAN, Italy (BRAIN)—The new year will be the 125th anniversary of the Italian Cycling Federation, and it will begin with an important agreement: Full Speed Ahead will be the new official partner of FCI for track sector through 2012.

ST. LAURENT, Quebec (BRAIN)—Intense Cycles and Outdoor Gear Canada (OGC) have signed an agreement making OGC the exclusive Canadian distributor for Intense Cycles.

Tagged Distributor news

A draft of the Los Angeles City Bike Plan was recently released and mountain bicyclists should be concerned with the direction it has taken.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN)—The second annual Peak Region Cyclist Bicycle Show hopes for even better results than last year when more than 500 people showed up.

Also, more than 40 vendors attended last year's show including Moots, Magura, Carmichael Training Systems and REI.

Tagged Events

BRAIN wishes you and yours a Happy New Year! Regular news will resume Monday, January 4.

Tagged BRAIN News

Click on link to see video of the Amsterdam Beer Bike.

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