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MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) – This year's Bicycle Leadership Conference in Monterey will pick up the conversation where it left off last year, examining some of the brutal truths facing our industry.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Kent International's Bicycle Corporation of America factory in South Carolina was the subject of a segment on CBS Evening News this week, which emphasized the factory's use of automation to reduce labor costs.

WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle will move its major dealer event, Trek World, from its traditional August dates to Oct. 30-Nov. 1 this year.

Organizers announced the event's name and logo on Wednesday.

DENVER (BRAIN) — A Colorado company is looking to replace the short-lived USA Pro Challenge stage race with a new race in the state this year. The Colorado Classic will be held August 10-13 and hold a UCI 2HC ranking, the same as the Pro Challenge, which has not been held since 2015.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship
The Elliptigo Arc.

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — Traditional bike sales may have been flat — at best — in 2016, but sales of Elliptigo's "elliptical bicycles" were up 30 percent, company says.

A rendering of the indoor velodrome.

DETROIT (BRAIN) — City officals held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for a new $4 million multi-sport complex that will include an indoor velodrome.

Jefferson County rangers to discuss e-bike study at a forum in Golden on Wednesday.

GOLDEN, Colo. (BRAIN) — Jefferson County Open Space rangers tested visitor awareness and acceptance of e-bikes last month at a small but popular urban park in the Denver suburbs.

Tagged Electric bike

OGDEN, Utah (BRAIN) — Mike Wilson, Americas brand manager for Amer Sports-owned Mavic, and Mavic community marketing manager Mark Niemiec have left the company to pursue other interests.

Tagged People

DENVER (BRAIN) — Haibike is moving its U.S. headquarters from Simi Valley, California, to Denver, and bringing on a new operations manager, Jed Paraso. The brand's new office is located in southeast Denver and will house sales, service, marketing and logistics.

Tagged Electric bike
Bill Smith at the IBD Summit on Wednesday

TEMPE, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Bill Smith doesn't see a distinction between the mass market and IBD channel. And he'd like to send some of his customers to bike shops.

Tagged IBD Summit

MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Greg LeMond's company has fired and is suing Connie Jackson, the CEO of LeMond Composites and a co-inventor of a key technology for the company. She has filed a countersuit.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (BRAIN) — The Outdoor Industry Association is working with the Sports Industry Credit Association to offer credit risk management services to OIA members.

BOULDER, Colo.  (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes' latest program, called PlacesForBikes, is intended to jumpstart the construction of bike-friendly infrastructure. The initiative includes a city rating system; expert "how-to" resources for communities and businesses; and an annual conference for city and business leaders.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
New DC will extend overnight ground shipping to seven Western states.

SANTA FE, N.M. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Technologies International plans to open its second distribution center, in Reno-Sparks, Nevada, this spring.

Tagged Distributor news

MISSOULA, Mt. (BRAIN) — Greg Siple, Adventure Cycling Association’s co-founder and art director of 40 years, will retire on Jan. 29. Siple, who will turn 71 on that day, will retain his role as art director in emeritus status.

Tagged People

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — ABUS has hired two additional sales managers and promoted Phil Marmet from East Coast sales manager to North American key accounts and sales manager.

Tagged People

TEMPE, Ariz. (BRAIN) — The trade show shuffle has left Interbike right where it started, for this year at least, in Las Vegas' Mandalay Convention Center in September. For 2018, the show is looking at results from a recent industry survey that found dealers favor Denver or Salt Lake City for the show.

Tagged IBD Summit / Interbike
Todd Wells

WILLISTON, Vt. (BRAIN) — Julbo, a 125-year-old French eyeglass brand best known for its ski and mountaineering products, is increasing its commitment to the mountain bike market this year. 

Eddy Merckx Cycles to sponsor event's Gran Fondo.

THOMPSON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Organizers of the KMC Cross Fest, a long-running event that includes races, recreational rides and an expo, said they will expand the event to four days this fall and add dealer and media event.

Inventory data exchange program goes live.

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — In a letter to retailers this week, Specialized said that it has enabled automated inventory data exchange with four major retail point-of-sale providers. The company is inviting dealers to subscribe to share their inventory data.

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