POTOMAC, Md. (BRAIN) — Former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar is being remembered as perhaps cycling's greatest supporter in congressional history.
Oberstar died at his home in Maryland early Saturday. He was 79 and his family said the cause of death was unknown.
CARBONDALE, Colo. (BRAIN) — Brian Holcombe, the Web editor for Competitor Group Inc.'s VeloNews.com site, has joined PR agency Backbone Media.
SALT LAKE CITY (BRAIN) — John Quinn has been promoted to USA executive vice president at Scott Sports, as long-time executive vice president Larry Morton and winter sales and soft goods manager Shauna Unser leave the company.
BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Jim Kelley has been promoted to president of The NPD Group's Sports and Leisure Trends businesses.
EMMAUS, Pa. (BRAIN) — Peter Flax is leaving Bicycling magazine, where he has been editor in chief since 2010. Flax is being replaced temporarily by Bill Strickland, Bicycling's current editor at large, according to a letter sent to staffers by Rodale president Scott D. Schulman on Wednesday.
CORTEZ, Colo. (BRAIN) — Outdoor industry veteran Kenny Ballard has joined Osprey Packs Inc. in the newly created role of chief operating officer. As COO, Ballard will head up Osprey's operations, IT, purchasing, quality and returns, and human resources.
ELKTON, Md. (BRAIN) — Gore Bike Wear and Gore Running Wear have hired two additional field reps. Nell Gingerich, based in Portland, Ore., will handle the Pacific Northwest, while Kevin Connelly will cover the Midwest from Chicago.
PHOENIX (BRAIN) — Serfas has named Jeremy Griffin national sales manager. He takes over the responsibilities previously handled by longtime general manager John Denson, who left the company early this year shortly after its move from Southern California to Phoenix.
BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Industry veteran Bruno Maier, currently president of Boulder-based car-rack manufacturer RockyMounts, has joined the board of directors of the Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA), a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association.
SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Bag and accessory maker Chrome Industries has shifted sales from a force of independent reps to its in-house sales team. The move is part of Chrome's plan to provide more exclusive distribution and establish deeper relationships with its dealers, the company said.
AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The Union Cycliste Internationale has hired Sebastien Gillot as its new head of communications. Gillot was most recently with the International Boxing Association, where he was head of communications and public relations.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (BRAIN) — NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems has promoted Jason Earick to customer service manager and hired Brien Prescott as an inside sales account manager.
Earick has worked for NiteRider for nine years in customer service, repair, sales and event support.
SALT LAKE CITY (BRAIN) — Chase Pinkham, a domestic pro road racer who competed on the Jamis–Hagens Berman, Trek-Livestrong and Bissell teams during his career, died Monday, according to the Jamis team and news reports.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Mark Bibb has left SRAM, where he was director of global testing, to join his wife in expanding their horse training business.
PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Accessory brand Portland Design Works (PDW) has hired Jocelyn Gaudi as marketing manager.
EMMAUS, Pa. (BRAIN) — Zack Grice has been named publisher of Bicycling magazine. Grice had been the magazine's associate publisher for sales and marketing since last September.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Two female bike mechanics have been awarded full scholarships to attend UBI's Professional Shop Mechanic and Operations classes, thanks to a program sponsored by UBI, SRAM and QBP.
VANCOUVER, B.C. (BRAIN) — Greg Hammond, a former Shimano executive in Canada, has joined iPhone case brand Hitcase as director of brand marketing.
Hammond will lead the development and execution of Hitcase's global marketing and brand initiatives.
MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Greg LeMond will be joining Eurosport as an on-air channel ambassador, providing analysis on the network's coverage of Paris-Roubaix, the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in a preview and review show called "LeMond on Tour."
Eurosport is broadcast in 54 European markets.