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VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Travis Vance has joined Electra Bicycle Company as its director of IT. Vance brings to Electra more than 15 years of relevant experience in the IT/operations industry.

WHISTLER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—T2R Distributors, trading as Commencal-Canada, is a new company set up specifically to distribute Commencal Bikes in Canada.

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BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN)—Matt Fritzinger, the founder of the Northern California High School Cycling League, commences his new position as executive director of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association on August 1.

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SARASOTA, FL (BRAIN)—Fulcrum Wheels srl is establishing a North American branch and has hired Ty Daugherty to head it as general manager. Daugherty will manage OE and aftermarket sales of the Fulcrum brand in the U.S. and Canada going forward.

DEER VALLEY, UT (BRAIN)—If DealerCamp, which kicks off tonight with a 6 p.m. reception, is half-way successful, Chance Regina, Blue Competition Cycles’ sales and marketing manager, promises to be back next year.

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WASHINGTON D.C. (BRAIN)—The United States Senate has passed the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010, better known as the miscellaneous tariff bill, or MTB (H.R. 4380).

Enter to Win Spank Industries “Pimp my Bike” Event at Kokanee Crankworx 2010.

Spank Industries welcomes all spectators attending this year’s Kokanee Crankworx at Whistler Mountain, BC, Canada, to submit an application to win the complete Tweet Tweet upgrade kit shown here.

OLNEY, IL (BRAIN)—Magura Direct and Uvex have partnered with Orange Sport Supply, Inc. to distribute the Uvex bicycle helmet and eyewear lines to the Canadian Market.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (BRAIN)—The Providence Cyclo-cross Festival Presented by Interbike will return to historic Roger Williams Park on Oct. 8-10, 2010.

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SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Raleigh played up its long and storied brand heritage at its inaugural dealer event yesterday. More than 60 dealers attended the company’s product launch and symposium at the Suncadia resort in the Cascades, east of its Seattle headquarters.

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It was an event 36 years in the making, so it was no surprise that Specialized Bicycle Components popped a few bottles of bubbly Monday to celebrate Alberto Contador’s win at the 2010 Tour de France—the first ever in the company’s history.

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN)—In spite of an unseasonably cold and wet January and February, Shimano’s sales increased by $164.4 million to $1.2 billion through June, beating its own forecast.

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Congratulation to James and Vivian Keller on the birth of their first child, a son, Weston James. Weston was welcomed by his family on Thursday, July 15. James has been working for Sigma USA for eight years, most recently as the U.S. sales manager.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike has partnered with the Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA) to provide new electric bicycle features at OutDoor Demo, September 20-21, 2010.

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HALF MOON BAY, CA—Dirty Dog MTB has partnered with Gravity Junkie Promotions for public relations and marketing support.

MUNICH, Germany (BRAIN)—The largest player in the OEM saddle market is now turning its attention to the aftermarket.

MUNICH, Germany (BRAIN)—While some concerns over show dates, thin crowds and bad weather swirled through exhibitor booths at the Bike Expo show last week, most agreed that it is worth having a presence at the second-year trade and consumer show in Munich.

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HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands (BRAIN)—Accell Group said net profit increased 9 percent through the first half of 2010 while turnover was up 3 percent.

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GRENCHEN, Switzerland (BRAIN)—BMC Swiss Cycling Technology has teamed with CFEprPlus to increase the exposure and sales of their mountain bike product line.

LYNDON STATION, WI (BRAIN)—Industry veteran Jay Townley has seen the future of the U.S. bike business—and it involves retailers collaborating more closely with suppliers, for the benefit of both.


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