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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.

Tagged People

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 (www.thecyclistsite.com) 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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AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN)—It’s true when they say that everything’s bigger in Texas. Starting in May, the Bicycle Sport Shop in Austin is promoting a grandios city-wide challenge to encourage its citizens to bike instead of drive.

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PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—A private backer has pledged $1 million to help build a new destination bike park in a 35-acre no-man's land between Interstates 84 and 205 near the former Rocky Butte jail, according to a recent story in The Oregonian.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Momentum Magazine is celebrating its fourth birthday this May/June and the magazine’s staff is getting ready to celebrate.

Tagged Media/Publishing / Distributor news

MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—While hope for sales growth in the near future remains slim, Performance Bicycle chief executive officer Jim Thompson is taking an extended view of the retail business and preparing for a rebound in consumer confidence.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Rocky Mountain has hired a new sales rep in the Northwest United States.

Eric Daignault, based in Portland, Oregon, will act as the sales rep for Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Daignault most recently managed the Downtown Bike Gallery in Portland

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TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—The Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation and the Clean Air Partnership are once again once again hosting Canada's Bike Summit 2009.

Bike Summit 2009 will be held on Thursday, May 28 at the Novotel Toronto Centre.

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CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—RentaBikeNow.com has launched North America’s only coast-to-coast bike rental service that provides bikes, accessories and tours so travelers can ride bikes everywhere.

MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—It’s a dark day when legislators start designing bicycle products, Bob Burns told attendees at the Bicycle Leadership Conference last week.

MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—SRAM once again held its annual road and MTB launches to a host of cycling journalists at this year's Sea Otter Classic.

Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides / Sea Otter Classic

MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—Leslie Bohm looks forward to a day when we won’t need awards to recognize advocacy work, he said in his acceptance speech for a BRAINy for Individual Advocate of the Year. Until then, he said, he appreciated the recognition.

Tagged BRAIN News

MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—There’s been much hand wringing over inventory issues this season, and it will continue. But when Chris Speyer looks at 2008’s ending inventory level, he notes that it’s much closer to year’s past than most realize.

MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—Sunny skies and warm temperatures helped this year’s Sea Otter Classic see double-digit attendance increases the first three days of the show.

Sunday was down 5-8 percent, according to Sea Otter president and chief executive officer Frank Yohannan.

Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides / Sea Otter Classic

"We're concentrating on the high end this year."

TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—Titus Cycles and Crankbrothers have formed a new partnership that showcases both company’s new 2009 product offerings. The special makeup build kits by Titus will feature the new Cobalt and Iodine wheelsets and will be offered on the Titus 2009 FTM, X and El Guapo models.

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