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CHARLOTTE, NC (BRAIN)—Starting in the 2010 season, Team Quick Step cyclists will be riding bicycles produced by Eddy Merckx Cycles. The agreement is for three years.

VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Haro Bikes has hired Dave Davenport as MTB/Asphalt Bike product manager. He will be responsible for creating the complete bicycle specification for the entire range of Haro’s mountain and asphalt bikes.

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BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—QBP is donating $10,000 to the Ogden Bicycle Collective, a nonprofit organization that promotes bicycles for transportation and recreation.

QBP, which is opening a new distribution center in Ogden, Utah in Spring 2010, has a long record of advocating for bike-related causes.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Distributor news

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Tara Llanes of the Race for Tara and Andy Buckley the director of Northstar Mountain have announced that October 2-3, 2010 as the official date of the Race for Tara 4. Once again the race will be held at the beautiful Northstar Resort at Tahoe in Tahoe, California.

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Our industry's leading advocacy organization continues to grow and recently expanded into new quarters. Here's the staff at last Thursday's Office Warming party, 20th and Pearl, Boulder, Colorado. Left to right, Joan Harrold, Elizabeth Train, Tim Blumenthal, Bruno Maier, Kate Scheider, and Erik Esborg.

FERNDALE, WA (BRAIN)—Kona has partnered with the HopeFirst Foundation to provide children in Gambia, Africa a better way to get to school.

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TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—Gérard Vroomen, co-founder of Cervélo, has been named the 2009 Engineer of the Year by The Royal Institute of Engineers (KIVI NIRIA) in the Netherlands.

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IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Felt Bicycles has partnered with Retül, a motion capture system that offers bike retailers and fit specialists the tools for a precision fit.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Skiers and snowboarders are happy, but bicycle retailers and suppliers may have felt a sales slowdown last month. But outdoor retailers, benefiting from unseasonable cold weather in October, saw an end to an 11-month decline in month-over-month sales.

MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Saris Cycling Group has hired Jeff Frehner as vice president of business and product development.

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SANTE FE, NM (BRAIN)—Bicycle Technologies International (BTI) has become an authorized DT Swiss Service Center. With comprehensive on-site training completed, BTI's Factory Service department is now ready to receive DT Swiss warranty service and repair items.

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South Queensferry, UK (BRAIN)—Hotlines will now sell their brands—Azonic, Goodridge, Lynskey and Pro-Lite—direct to dealers throughout Europe. In addition, Hotlines will also sell its house brands Ragley, Nuke Proof, Brand X and X Toolz into Europe and the rest of the World.

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VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Haro Bikes has added Pete Garski to its management team as vice president of sales.

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—In recognition of these tough economic times, Interbike has committed to freezing booth and sponsorship prices for 2010, keeping them at 2009 levels.

A booth will remain $2,070 per 10-foot x 10-foot for the 2010 show.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Interbike

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Organizers of Taipei Cycle expect the show to be the largest ever next March attracting a record setting 3,018 booths, 894 international exhibitors and 50,000 visitors, said Walter Yeh (pictured), executive vice president of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).

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LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—Lifeboat Events has announced plans to launch an outdoor expo and demo event next July in Deer Valley, Utah. DealerCamp will bring together industry suppliers and retailers who will be able to preview and test products on road loops and mountain trails just outside of Park City.

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—In Motion Asia, Taiwan’s leading bike tour operator, has a number of exciting bike events both during and either side of Taichung Bike Week (December 5-13), allowing visitors the perfect opportunity to mix business with leisure and experience first-hand the world-class riding on offer in Taiwa

Tagged Events / Taichung Bike Week

HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands (BRAIN)—Accell Group reported to have an expected higher turnover and an increase in net profit of around 10 percent compared to 2008.

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WEST JORDAN, UT (BRAIN)—Reynolds Cycling, a division of MacLean Quality Composites, and Edge Composites, have entered into a settlement agreement covering technology related to carbon fiber rims and wheels, specifically the 839 patent.

MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Planet Bike president Jeff Frehner has left the company to explore new opportunities in the bicycle industry. He had been with the company since March.

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