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BOSTON (BRAIN) — Vittoria Industries North America has promoted Jody Stoddard to tnational sales manager, effectively immediately.

Stoddard worked previously as Vittoria's North American OEM sales manager.

Tagged People

SOLON, Ohio (BRAIN) — Organizers of the PressCamp media events said they will continue to hold events in Utah this year, while exploring options for other venues and encouraging discussion at its events.

Tagged PressCamp
It wouldn't be Frostbike without local bag maker Banjo Brothers in costume.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — According to QBP founder Steve Flagg, the first winter gathering at QBP's headquarters, at the time a much more modest facility, took place in 1988.

After call with Utah governor, Emerald Expositions to walk away from Salt Lake.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike said Thursday that Utah is no longer in consideration as a potential show venue in 2018 or beyond.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Interbike
H3 Publications owner Dave House in a BRAIN archive photo from 2005

VALENCIA, Calif. (BRAIN) — H3 Publications owner Dave House has closed down industry titles Decline and Road after a 13-year run. The staff of six employees at H3's headquarters in Southern California were let go Tuesday morning, sources said.

Tagged Media/Publishing
UPDATED with memorial information

BOISE, Idaho (BRAIN) — Bill Christensen, a former product manager for Answer Products, Shimano and Santa Cruz and a former writer for Mountain Bike magazine, died Sunday at 39.

Tagged People
A pump-up-a-tube-until-it-pops contest has also become a tradition.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — For the past nine years, cyclist and advocate Andy Lightle has celebrated his birthday in an unconventional fashion. Rather than throw a party or indulge in gifts for himself, Lightle decided in 2008 that he would raise money for someone in need instead.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (BRAIN) — American Kenda Rubber has hired Oris Intel to assist in the implementation and monitoring of Kenda's minimum advertised pricing program for the North American market.

Tagged MAP

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer & Industry News is looking for new product information and news to include in its annual Sea Otter Classic Festival & Gear Guide that will be handed out at the four-day fest in April and distributed to retailers and BRAIN’s subscriber base before the event.

Tagged Sea Otter Classic
Company joins brands withdrawing from Outdoor Retailer, but also says it won't attend Interbike if show moves to state and policies on public lands don't change.

BERKELEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — GU Energy Labs said Wednesday that it was joining the number of outdoor brands pulling out of the biannual Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City over Utah lawmakers' opposition to policies on public lands including the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pedego Electric Bikes has hired veteran bicycle engineer Michael A. Fritz as the brand's director of engineering. Fritz will oversee all aspects of Pedego electric bike engineering, technology and product development as well as customer support, the company said.

Tagged Electric bike / People

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Sandy Nicholls will be leaving the Gita Sporting Goods offices in Charlotte for one last time Feb. 24 after 39 years working for the distributor/importer of Italian cycling goods. 

AURORA, Ontario (BRAIN) — BionX International has appointed Scott Macwilliam as its director of global sales and marketing.

Tagged Electric bike / People

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (BRAIN) — The NPD Group has announced a partnership with the Outdoor Industry Association that will result in OIA members having access to top-level outdoor industry report covering sales of outdoor equipment, equipment accessories, apparel, and footwear.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes is soliciting public opinions via a web survey to help identify bike friendly communities for its new PlacesForBikes program. The survey results will be combined with data from cities to produce the ranking.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

MANCHESTER, N.H. (BRAIN) — Headband manufacturer Halo has joined The Bike Cooperative as the retailer co-op's newest supplier partner. Effective immediately, member retailers of The Bike Cooperative will earn rebates on purchases of all Halo Headband products, both direct and through distributors.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Garneau Custom clothing is now available through Quality Bicycle Products, for retailers looking for custom shop or team apparel.

LUGANO, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Effetto Mariposa Sagl has established a new minimum advertised pricing policy that will take effect March 1. The policy sets the MAP at the manufacturer's suggested retail price.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN) — The League of American Bicyclists board has appointed longtime staff member Bill Nesper as interim executive director following the departure of Alex Doty as executive.

CORTEZ, Colo. (BRAIN) — Decades after retiring from professional road cycling, Inga Thompson is returning to the sport to work on women's advocacy and other projects.

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