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TAMPA BAY, FL (BRAIN)—A Tampa Bay coalition of retail bicycle stores called SWFBUD (South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers) is requesting governments at all levels in Florida launch a campaign to fight the bicyclist fatality rate that is number one in the country again.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The League of American Bicyclists has announced its 2009 spring Bicycle Friendly Communities and States in celebration of Bike Month 2009, starting May 1.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

CARLSBAD, CA (BRAIN)—Germany’s Derby Cycle Werke is forming a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary to bring Focus bicycles to the United States for the first time.

CINCINNATI, OH (BRAIN)—Headsweats has appointed Mike McQueeney to the role of vice president of sales and, for the first time, hired a select group of outside reps to support a major business expansion of the Cincinnati-based performance headwear company.

MEQUON, WI (BRAIN)—HB Performance Systems has promoted Darren Campbell to vice president and general manager of the Hayes Bicycle Group. Campbell succeeds Kurt Person, who has been made vice president of advanced business development with HB Performance Systems.

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DANA POINT, CA (BRAIN)—Darrin Duhamel, owner of Revo Cycles, beamed with excitement Sunday as thousands of competitors and spectators clogged the streets of this small Southern California coastal community.

Tagged Events

Web Editor Jr. aka Miles looks on as the BMX guys get vertical at the Dana Point Grand Prix.

For some more pics of the event and a short video, click on link to go to the BRAIN Blog.

HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands (BRAIN)—Accell Group saw a good start in the first quarter of the year as sales and profit both increased from 2008, according to René Takens, chairman of the executive board of Accell Group.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

TUCSON, AZ (BRAIN)—Rox rim strip co-founder Dennis Harris sent a cease and desist letter to Sigma USA contesting its use of the name Rox on two bike computers, the Rox 8.0 and Rox 9.0 computers.

VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Zoot Sports has appointed Jeff Cunningham national sales manager.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Bicycle imports in January and February posted the steepest decline in almost 10 years. Suppliers pulled the plug on factory orders to cope with inventory build-up at the end of 2008 and amidst worries over a deepening recession.

What do George Clooney and Lezyne have in common? Both made the cut in the May issue of Esquire magazine. Lezyne made it into Esquire's "Things a Man should Own" garage with its Classic Floor Drive Drive pump. A movie starring George Clooney was not among the "Things a Man Should Own" list.

SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—Trips for Kids (TFK) has reached a milestone, taking 50,000 underserved urban youth on mountain bike rides since its inception more than 20 years ago.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN)—Trek chief executive officer John Burke will be keynote speaker at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's 17th annual Golden Wheel Awards on Tuesday, May 5, from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Green Room in the War Memorial Building.

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BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bikes Belong has selected Joan Harrold as its new marketing and communications coordinator. In this new position, Harrold is helping publicize Bikes Belong’s work, promote bicycling and develop a new campaign to recruit bicycling supporters.

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WHISTLER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Whistler Blackcomb’s famed Whistler Mountain Bike Park is scheduled to open May 16 with plans for continued expansion in the Garbanzo Zone; completely redesigned Slopestyle, Giant Slalom and Dual Slalom courses; and new lesson and rental packages for all levels of mountain bikers.

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Two former contributors to the Crooked Cog Network have launched a new website called The Cyclist ( which will feature a wide variety of cycling based content and product reviews.

Tagged Web/Internet

Jones Soda celebrated Earth Day by going off the electrical grid. The folks at Jones pedaled 10 bikes constantly to power the computers, phones and the Jones Soda network for a full day.

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (BRAIN)—Iron Horse Bicycle Company owes more than $17.1 million to dozens of unsecured creditors, including about $11.5 million to various Asian bicycle suppliers, according to documents filed in bankruptcy court on Tuesday.

PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Organizers of Philadelphia's annual professional bike race may have to cancel it due to a $500,000 budget gap, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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