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"To be good at this you have to be both good on your bike, and also have an understanding of athletics in general. You see a lot of hockey players, lacrosse and soccer players. It's a mix of what we jokingly call 'bike jocks.'"

MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Outdoor Gear Canada (OGC) has been named one of three Québec finalists (manufacturing category) in Ernst & Young's 2010 Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year competition.

Tagged Awards

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Elite Bicycles Asia has partnered with Vincero Design for Asia, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.

Located in Boulder, Colorado, Vincero Design was founded in 2008 by Robert Kondilas. Vincero Design is known for its water bottle mount system for bike frames.

Tagged Distributor news

EXETER, NH (BRAIN)—Industry veteran Christoper Zigmont has opened up a marketing and business development consultation Web site to the cycling industry.

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Currie Technologies will unveil a retail concept store which they expect to have opened for business by early September.

The IZIP Store will be located at 609 Lincoln Boulevard on Highway 1, just south of Santa Monica near the Pacific coast in Venice, California.

Bike-alog is cleaning up its database and needs your new product information. With over 600 Bike-alog members you will expand your visibility to dealers in the marketplace while helping them source your products faster.

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—Problem Solvers has launched a completely rebuilt Web site.

The ambitious makeover, which includes a blog, interactive forums, and updated and expanded product pages is designed to make the brand more accessible and relevant to bike dealers and consumers.

Tagged Web/Internet

BOSTON, MA (BRAIN)—The Boston Bike Share Program will receive $3 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation to implement a new bike share system throughout the city.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

KEYSTONE, CO (BRAIN)—Dealers got to meet Tom Larter at the first company event he’s attended since joining Specialized as its director of marketing for equipment about a week ago.

Tagged People

FRYEBERG, ME (BRAIN)—Longtime employee Jeff Cavicchi is now a minority owner of Downeast Bicycle Specialists, the Northeast’s oldest wholesale distributor. Doug Moore remains the majority owner, and will continue in his position as president at the company’s Fryeburg, Maine facility.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Distributor news

WATERLOO, WI—Looking out the window at dirt trails from a suite at the Canyons Resort in Utah, Dave Guettler was preparing to be seriously courted by his Cannondale rep during its dealer event last month.


NEWBURY PARK, CA—As Giant’s Patrick VanHorn manned booths at Sea Otter and the Tour of California this past spring, he heard for the first time, consumers asking why they couldn’t find several road and mountain models at local bike shops.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (BRAIN)—Serotta Sport has appointed Steve Fairchild as its director of dealer sales.

Tagged People

KEYSTONE, CO (BRAIN)—New high-end bikes were all the buzz at the Specialized Dealer Event this week in Keystone. But the company also is making inroads to better market its entry- and mid-level bikes through a new product hangtag.

SAN JOSE, CA (BRAIN)—MerchantOS and SmartEtailing have joined forces to help their mutual clients manage online operations more profitably.

We all know bikes and beer are a winning combination. To celebrate the pairing, over a dozen Canari employees rode on Wednesday from the company’s Vista, California headquarters to nearby Stone Brewing Co. for lunch.

KEYSTONE, CO (BRAIN)—Close to 600 U.S. dealers are previewing and riding Specialized’s 2011 bikes and equipment this week in Keystone, a ski resort in Summit County, Colorado, during the company’s three-day 2011 product launch.

Tagged Events

NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN)—A federal grand jury investigating possible doping conspiracies in cycling has issued a subpoena for documents to the Trek Bicycle Corporation, the Wisconsin-based bike manufacturer that sponsored Lance Armstrong's cycling teams since 1998, according to a person with knowledge of the investigati

Tagged Media/Publishing

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (BRAIN)—Lezyne has hired Albert Lin as its chief operating officer.

Lin brings extensive industry experience, including formerly working for SRAM, according to a press release.


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