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SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN) — Emilio De Soto has recently bought back shares in the privately held De Soto Clothing, Inc. from one of last remaining original shareholders, giving the company's founder full control of the brand.

The last original shareholder was triathlete Dan Neyenhuis.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

The fourth edition of DealerCamp will be held a few days later than prior editions and will feature a consumer day, organizers announced late Tuesday.

Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides / Tradeshows and conferences

FRYEBURG, ME (BRAIN) — Maine distributor Downeast Bicycle Specialists has joined SmartEtailing’s Supplier Sync program, which makes it possible for subscribing retailer to display Downeast's inventory on their websites.

Tagged Web/Internet / Distributor news

GRAND JUNCTION, CO (BRAIN) — DT Swiss has promoted Dwayne Weddle to its global sales team, where he will be responsible for OEM sales support.

Tagged People

MADISON, WI (BRAIN) — Organizers of this Friday's 9th annual Saris Gala expect the event to maintain its status as the largest single-night advocacy fundraiser in the U.S. The Gala has raised more than $650,000 in its first eight editions.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

MANCHESTER, NH (BRAIN) — The Bike Cooperative has added Profile Design and Bellwether products to its offerings, the companies announced this week.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Taiwanese manufacturer JD Group will show a new electric bike motor targeted at North American bike makers at next month's Taichung Bike Week, a major original equipment spec' event.

Tagged Electric bike / Tradeshows and conferences

MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN) — The Sea Otter Classic has added Mike McCormack and Wendy Booher to its communications staff. The two replace outgoing communications director Donna Brown.

Tagged People / Sea Otter Classic

HAVERHILL, MA (BRAIN) — Mavic, Inc. has updated its dealer website and added a new portal site to centralize online dealer resources in the U.S.

Mavicpro.com is a gateway to wholesale ordering, product technical information, media tools and marketing materials.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Jim Spring, the founder of Leisure Trends Group and a leader in tracking and analyzing the retail sports industry, died Monday at 75.

Bill Watkins crosses the finish line to win the 2011 USA Cycling Masters Road Nationals Criterium Championship in Bend, Oregon, riding a Serotta.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (BRAIN) — William Watkins has been appointed CEO of Serotta and its parent company, Great American Bicycle, the company announced Monday.

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The international cycling union UCI on Monday drove the final nail into Lance Armstrong's doping punishment, announcing that it would not appeal the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's finding that Armstrong doped for much of his professional career.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship
The ride rollout in Manhattan Beach

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (BRAIN) — From Giant Bicycle headquarters to Oakley headquarters, more than 120 riders wrapped up a three-day, 200-mile trip on Sunday to benefit the Young Survival Coalition, a global organization dedicated to helping young women diagnosed with breast cancer.

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — SRAM Inc. on Thursday announced it was ending its relationship with Lance Armstrong, who used the company's components during his comeback to the sport in 2009 and 2010. SRAM also clarified that Armstrong no longer owned any share in the company.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

IRVINE, CA (BRAIN) — Felt has formed a wholly owned subsidiary in Canada, and signed a multi-year contract with its former distributor there, Spaso Sports, to be the exclusive sales and marketing agent in that territory.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN) — Sinclair Imports president Lance Donnell defended his right to maintain a discount website this week in response to QBP's lawsuit alleging unfair competition.

Tagged Distributor news
The Strava mobile app

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN) — Strava is denying responsibility for all 26 charges set forth in a lawsuit stemming from the death of a cyclist killed while using the mobile application.

Tagged Web/Internet

NIENBURG, Germany (BRAIN) — A massive fire ripped through two warehouses at German manufacturer and distributor Hartje on Tuesday evening, destroying thousands of bicycles and bike parts and racking up millions of dollars in damages. 

Trek, Giro, Nike, Anheuser Busch and Honey Stinger distance themselves from the banned racer, who stepped down from his foundation.

BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN) — Lance Armstrong stepped down as chairman of the Livestrong Foundation on Wednesday, hours before several long-time sponsors severed ties with Armstrong, who has been slapped with a lifetime suspension from competition for doping.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

MADISON, WI (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle says the patents at the heart of Split Pivot's lawsuit are "unpatentable," and has asked that the case be dismissed. However, a judge in the case has set a date for a jury trial 15 months from now.

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