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Published June 29, 2012

Marq Prince to rep Capo Apparel • CatEye America adds to sales force • NEMBAfest a success; 2013 dates announced • Early-bird pricing for OIA Rendezvous ends this week • Clement sponsors Ryan Trebon for year-round racing

EMERYVILLE, CA (BRAIN) Friday June 29 2012 7:13 AM MT—Independent representative Marq Prince will represent Capo Cycling Apparel in Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico, the company announced this week.

Prince has more than 15 years of cycling industry experience and previously worked for Capo in the early 2000s when he was the company’s first regional sales representative.

“Marq is top in the field of cycling sales and we’re thrilled that he is returning to represent Capo,” said Gary Vasconi, Capo's president.

Prince started his career in the endurance sports community in 1994 when he worked for Competitor magazine as an advertising representative. From 1996 through 2002, Marq joined Softride Bicycles and then began his first tenure with Capo in 2004.

CatEye America adds to sales force

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) Friday June 29 2012 7:27 AM MT—CatEye America has added new sales reps for New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Colorado.

Mark McCormack will cover the six New England states; Josh Feazell will cover Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland; and Brad Iskiyan will cover Colorado.

“We are very excited to have Mark, Josh and Brad as members of the CatEye America team. We have experienced tremendous growth in our first year selling direct to the IBD channel. Their energy and cycling knowledge, combined with our exciting new product and programs, promises additional dealer support in these territories,” said Paul Cusick, CatEye America national sales manager.

CatEye also has increased its inside sales staff to five full-time dedicated representatives.

NEMBAfest a success; 2013 dates announced

EAST BURKE, VT (BRAIN) Friday June 29 2012 7:17 AM MT—The Kingdom Trails were the scene of this year's NEMBAfest, an annual gathering for the New England Mountain Bike Association. This year's event attracted 1,231 mountain bikers. The organization has already set dates for a 2013 event in the same place. Next year's event will be June 21-23.

The three-day event was held at the base lodge of Burke Mountain Ski Resort, and featured camping, an industry expo with 50 bike industry vendors, lift-serve mountain biking at the Burke Mountain Bike Park, scores of group rides, live music, and food and beer from 21 different Vermont farms and companies. The event was also a near-zero waste event, with composting and recycling being managed by the Vermont company, Highfields Center for Composting.

“It’s the classic ‘If you build it, they will come’ scenario,” says Philip Keyes, NEMBA’s executive director. “There hasn’t been a mountain bike event in the Northeast this big since the heydays of Pedrosfest. We’ve always wanted to stage an event at Kingdom Trails because their trail system is one of the very best, and now that Burke Mountain Ski Resort has embraced mountain biking we have the perfect venue.”

The expo area sold out and had a wait list six weeks before the event.

Early-bird pricing for OIA Rendezvous ends this week

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) Friday June 29 2012 7:21 AM MT—The Outdoor Industry Association is offering early-bird registration for OIA Rendezvous through the end of this week.

The lineup for this year’s OIA Rendezvous, which takes place Oct. 3-5 in Boston, has a theme of business evolution, and will explore the rapid pace of change in today’s business world and how companies can better poise themselves to adapt and succeed. The conference will focus on technologies, retail strategies and supply chain trends that are affecting the future of outdoor recreation businesses.

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Clement sponsors Ryan Trebon for year-round racing

BEND, OR (BRAIN) Friday June 29 2012 7:24 AM MT—Clement Tires is sponsoring Ryan Trebon for both mountain biking and cyclocross, the company announced this week.

Trebon was the first American to win a national mountain bike championship and a national cyclocross championship in the same year. He is a favorite at this year's Mountain Bike National Championships, set for July 5-8 in Sun Valley, Idaho.

"Everything is clicking right now," said Trebon. "I'm excited about my new program and I feel really well prepared for this year."

Trebon is racing mountain bikes for Cannondale/Clement and will race cyclocross for Cannondale p/b He'll race on Clement tires in both disciplines.

“We're very proud to increase our support and collaboration with Ryan," said Donn Kellogg, GM of Donnelly Sports and the licensee of the Clement tire brand. “We've worked with Ryan for several years and he's a valuable part of our design team. You can't find a better tester and brand ambassador, and we look forward to this increased collaboration.”

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