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SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—SOAR Communications, a full-service public relations and marketing communications agency for the outdoor recreation industries, has separated from its parent company, Politis LLC, after a successful five-year partnership.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—A solid All Mountain Demo yesterday may point toward a strong Outdoor Retailer Winter Market floor show, which opens this morning, show director Kenji Haroutunian said.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Wattie Ink., led by Sean Watkins formerly of Triathlete Magazine, has entered into an agreement to handle future promotion and sales of North American event expos at Ironman and 70.3 events, as well as head up endemic sales for Ironman’s Web site sales.

MOUNT RAINIER, MD (BRAIN)—Philip Koopman, former co-owner of City Bikes Inc., a two location bicycle store located in the Washington, D.C.

“I can teach anyone about bicycles, so I’d much rather hire somebody with a great personality like Conan who is likable and can relate to our customers.

CARLSTADT, NJ (BRAIN)—Action Bicycle, the northeast’s largest distributor, will host its 2010 Open House Expo on Sunday, February 28.

Tagged Distributor news

MISSOULA, MT (BRAIN)—Adventure Cycling Association has received two new grants in support of the organization’s work to establish an official United States Bicycle Route System (USBRS).

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Current Competitor Group (CGI) chief operating officer Scott Dickey has been appointed to the position of president. He assumes the title from president and chief executive Peter Englehart, who remains CEO.

Tagged Media/Publishing

SAN CARLOS, CA (BRAIN)—Steve Parke has resigned as Ritchey Design's general manager and former vice president of global marketing, as he plans to pursue new opportunities within the industry.

Tagged People

Maisey Marie Norman was born Sunday night, making this the second child from the web editor's clan that has a knack of being born right before a big tradeshow (Miles, Interbike '06). The publisher probably thinks that the timing of these conceptions is calculated and suspect...the web editor pleads the fifth.

The culinary cycling adventures in New York continue with U.S. national pro road cycling champion, Meredith Miller, and her friend Joan Hanscom, of the U.S.

MARINA, CA (BRAIN)—Sidi America has launched a new consumer Web site at (click on link). The site provides information and community interaction for consumers regarding the shoe brand’s products, technical information and history.

Tagged Web/Internet

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Former Triathlete Magazine vice president of sales and marketing Sean "Wattie" Watkins is launching his own sports marketing group called Wattie Ink.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Rocky Mountain Bicycles has hired Pete Roggeman for the position of marketing manager. Roggeman comes to Rocky Mountain with a wealth of bicycle industry experience, having worked both in Europe and North America.

Tagged People

MOAB, UT (BRAIN)—Western Spirit Cycling, known for its road and mountain bike tours, is launching a four-day consumer demo event called Outerbike.

Tagged Events

DOWNIEVILLE, CA (BRAIN)—After some mental hardship and several lengthy meetings with Downieville residents, local business owners, county planners, wildlife biologists, hydrologists, Forest Service Rangers and Congressional Representatives the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship has secured a special-use permit to opera

Tagged Events

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—System Affix Components has hired Keith Stephens as its North American sales manager. Stephens is the president of American Cycle Systems (ACS BMX), and previously handled international sales at GT Bicycles.

Tagged People

In the business section of Sunday’s New York Times, Brad Stone asks whether the new generation of e-bikes could capture the imagination of auto-obsessed Americans. Stone focuses on new technology, such as Sanyo’s Eneloop hybrid technology, that has addressed former obstacles to adoption in the United States.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Veltec Sports named Steve Marcus as its New England sales representative. Marcus, like Veltec, has an over thirty-year presence in the industry and an impeccable reputation among dealers for quality of service.

Tagged People

MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—After 53 years in the bike business, working for companies including West Coast Cycle, Giant and, most recently, Pacific Cycle, Nick Andrade is calling it quits.

Tagged People


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