MARIETTA, GA (BRAIN)—BMX legend and master wheel builder John Kovachi passed away on Wednesday morning from kidney failure. He was 46.
The former BMX racer started Kovachi Wheels in Georgia in 1989.
PORTSMOUTH, UK (BRAIN)—Former Olympic cyclist Derek Bouchard-Hall has been hired by Wiggle as its head of performance development.
“I am very excited to be joining a company with a real passion for cycling and is at the forefront of the rapidly changing cycling and tri-sport equipment industry," he said.
PHOENIX, AZ (BRAIN)—Domenic Malvestuto, a longtime bicycle retailer and influential figure in the Phoenix, Arizona, cycling community, died this month at his home in Phoenix after battling colon cancer. He was 68, and is survived by his wife of 22 years, Judy Malvestuto.
GENT, Belgium (BRAIN)—Jacques Lenel, a former French retailer who played a key role in the formation of the European Two Wheelers Association (ETRA), has died.
MANCHESTER, NH (BRAIN)—The Bike Cooperative has hired Nat McAllister as its new director of supplier relations. McAllister comes to the co-op with significant experience in the industry, serving as general manager for a multi-store dealer in New England.
BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN)—Yakima has named Steve Harden as senior director of North American sales.
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Stile Products, the new Los Angeles-based distributor for urban cycling brands Tern Bicycles and BioLogic accessories, has hired Dale Aguas as its North American territory manager.
WATSONVILLE, CA (BRAIN)—Fox has added Dennis Lane as its new bicycle division vice president and general manager. Lane had been with Giant Bicycles as global director of product development.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Rocky Mountain Bicycles has hired David Haberkam and Shawn Barry as sales representatives for the Idaho, Montana and Wyoming territories.
SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Seattle Bike Supply has promoted three members of its purchasing and product development team and reorganized them into two departments.
REDLANDS, CA (BRAIN)—Five Ten has appointed Wally Barker as its new chief financial officer.
His professional background includes serving as president and CFO of Quiksilver, Japan.
RENO, NV (BRAIN)—TEXmarket USA has hired Mike Taylor as its operations manager.
MUKILTEO, WA (BRAIN)—Matthew Bianchi is moving from his technical service/neutral support position in Washington state to the Denver area, where he will manage FSA's new Rocky Mountain territory offering sales and technical support to retailers, and neutral support at local races.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Giant global director of product development Dennis Lane has decided to leave the company at the end of September.
PHOENIX, AZ (BRAIN)—BMX rider Rickey Bates died last week in a car crash. He was 23.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Jeff Schumacher, formerly Sports Authority's chief marketing officer, "has resigned from The Sports Authority," the company said in a brief statement.
SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—LeMond Fitness has appointed Verde PR & Consulting as its public relations agency of record.
HAVERHILL, MA (BRAIN)—Mavic has added Scott Carey to its network of independent sales representatives.
IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)--Devin Walton and Harald Troost are leaving Shimano. Walton, who handled North America media relations for Shimano, is leaving at the end of the month. Troost, who handled media relations in Europe, is joining Koga Bicycles.