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Kansas gravel (photo by Bob Huff)

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — On the heels of the Dirty Kanza, which took place last weekend, Interbike – The Podcast talks to the Emporia event’s organizers including Jim Cummins and LeLan Dains about how the sold-out event went off this year.

Tagged Interbike

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP has announced the winners of its 2018 QBP Community Grant program. The six grant recipients are: Foothill Cyclery in San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Over the Edge Sports/Destination Development in Fruita, Colo.; Bicycle Garage Indy in Indianapolis; Fresh Bike Service Inc.

DURANGO, Colo. (BRAIN) — Colorado-based sports drink manufacturer Tailwind Nutrition has appointed Podium Imports to be the exclusive Canadian distributor of Tailwind's Endurance Fuel throughout Canada.

Tagged Distributor news

MADISON, Wis. (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle Corporation and Make Him Smile, Inc. have agreed to settle their lawsuit over Trek's use of the name Farley for one of its fat bike models. 

Show hires retail relations specialist to assist dealers.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike announced Wednesday that additional key brands have committed to Interbike Marketweek including Haibike, Jamis Bicycles, Look Cycle USA, Eddy Merckx and Yuba Bicycles, which will be exhibiting at one or more of the week’s events in Reno-Tahoe.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Interbike
RockyMounts' current showroon in Boulder.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bike rack and lock brand RockyMounts plans to move its headquarters from Boulder about 250 miles west to Grand Junction. The company will make its home in a new business park being developed specifically for outdoor industry companies.

DENVER (BRAIN) — Primal Wear Inc. has acquired online women’s clothing retailer Team Estrogen and its Doyenne apparel brand. Team Estrogen will now be led by Primal Wear executives Jessica Lozano, chief operating officer, and Shawna Edwards, chief financial officer.

Tagged Web/Internet

SALT LAKE CITY (BRAIN) — Rotor America has reached a distribution agreement with Italian helmet brand MET, taking over North American distribution and sales of MET’s full range of cycling helmets.

Tagged Distributor news
Mark Vandermolen

MUKILTEO, Wash. (BRAIN) — Full Speed Ahead Inc. (FSA) has named Mark Vandermolen managing director of its U.S. office as industry veteran Lance Bohlen retires to focus on his health. Bohlen will remain with the company through June 29 to assist with the transition.


BOSTON (BRAIN) — The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition has hired Galen Mook as the organization's new executive director. Mook will take over helm of the statewide advocacy organization in July.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Cyclocross legend Tim Johnson is joining the USA Cycling Foundation as its development director.

TREVIGLIO, Italy (BRAIN) — Bianchi owner Salvatore Grimaldi and current CEO Bob Ippolito have announced that Fabrizio Scalzotto will take over as CEO on Sept. 3. Scalzotto will report to Ippolito who will continue to manage the overall Global Bianchi company in the new position of executive chairman.

The Stinner Refugio.

GRAEAGLE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and the Lost and Found bike ride are holding a custom bike raffle to benefit the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship.

Long in 1995.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Longtime bike journalist Roy Wallack has been commissioned to write a book about Richard Long, the co-founder of GT Bicycles. 

Long died in 1996 in a motorcycle accident while driving to Big Bear, California for a NORBA National. He was 46.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Niner Bikes has hired two new engineers and a new marketing manager.

The marketing manager is Zack Vestal, a former a tech editor at VeloNews and communications manager at Mavic. Vestal has most recently been the bike marketing manager for Scott USA.

SAN ANSELMO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Supporters have started a campaign to help mountain bike author and historian Charlie Kelly preserve and digitize his collection of mountain bike documents.

MADISON, Wis. (BRAIN) — A California judge has agreed to move a lawsuit filed by the family of the late comedian Chris Farley against Trek Bicycle Corp. to the Western District of Wisconsin court here, as Trek had requested.

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (BRAIN) — Vail Resorts, Inc. has agreed to purchase Triple Peaks, LLC, the parent company of Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont, Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire, and Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized Bicycle Components has bought Machines for Freedom, a women's cycling clothing brand founded four years ago by Jennifer Kriske. The brands will remain separate and Specialized described the purchase as "a bold investment in women's leadership."

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The Canadian bike brand also works with IBDs on a similar program.

TORONTO (BRAIN) — In what may be the first program of its kind, Velofix will visit KindHuman's online bike buyers to take measurements before an order is completed. After the bike arrives, the mobile service provider returns to do final assembly.


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