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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — USA Cycling announced Friday that Joan Hanscom, the group's vice president of event services, will depart the organization later this year to take what USAC called "a significant new leadership role in grassroots racing development." Hanscom's new position will be announced at a future date.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

BURNET, Texas (BRAIN) — Set to open this winter outside of Burnet, Texas, Spider Mountain is poised to become not only the Lone Star State's only lift-served bike park, but also the nation's first year-round lift-accessed park. Burnet is about 55 miles northwest of Austin.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of ride-share company Uber, says e-bikes are often the best way to get around a city, especially during rush hours.

Tagged Bikeshare
Floyd's Fine Cannabis will offer recreational marijuana products for the health conscious.
Photo courtesy of Floyd's of Leadville.

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Former pro racer Floyd Landis will open three legal marijuana dispensaries here this week, each designed with a cycling theme to appeal to fitness and health-conscious adults.

Bill Smith (left), who has spent the past 25 years working at Huffy and the last eight as CEO, will retire at the end of December. Claude Jordan will assume leadership of the company.

DAYTON, Ohio (BRAIN) — Huffy Corp. has announced that Claude Jordan will succeed Bill Smith as CEO and president as Smith retires in December. Smith will remain a director on the Huffy Corp. board, and will assume new roles as CEO emeritus and senior adviser.

Leaders will help build a cohesive experience for REI members and customers

Tagged People

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Cycling and outdoor industry marketing service agency Thorpe Marketing is pleased to announce the addition of journalist Anne-Marije Rook to its team.

Tagged People
Emerson, front, with employees at the Light & Motion factory.

MARINA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Daniel Emerson's heart sank when he saw that bike lights were exempt from the new tariffs that took effect today, while light components get slapped with the tariff. "Basically the U.S. government is providing a huge boost to our China-based competition. ... They are telling us very clearly we are not welcome in the U.S.," he told BRAIN on Monday.

Tagged Trade/tariffs

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Organizers of Eurobike are planning a bike show in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 3-5, 2019, they announced Monday.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Eurobike

EMPORIA, Kan. (BRAIN) — Owner of the Dirty Kanza gravel race announced that the event has been purchased by Life Time, the fitness chain that also owns the Leadville 100 mountain bike race and the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Racing & Sponsorship
Pricier bikes, especially e-bikes, are driving the trend in wholesale shipments.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — While supplier's dollar business in bikes for the month of August was flat with August of last year at $120 million, bikes shipped to retailers were down 40,127 units, according to the latest figures from the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association.

DALLAS (BRAIN) — The Washington Post is reporting that a Dallas man died Sept. 1 due to injuries he sustained after crashing a Lime electric scooter.

Latest Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account figures show bike-related economic economic output totals about $3.4 billion annually.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The outdoor industry grew faster than the overall economy in 2016 and accounts for 2.2 percent of the GDP, according to updated stats from the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account released by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis.

RENO, Nev. (BRAIN) — The second annual Interbike Innovation Awards were decided Thursday at Interbike. The Interbike Innovation Awards showcase excellence in product, retail, advocacy and exhibitor booths. Product-specific awards were distributed across the mountain, road, e-bike and triathlon categories.

Tagged Interbike / Interbike Awards

ASOLO, Italy (BRAIN) — Selle Italia has hired business development firm Lucidity to help it expand in the U.S. market. The Italian saddle brand is opening a warehouse, and sales and marketing office in Carlsbad, California.

Margevicius at the seminar Wednesday.

RENO, Nev. (BRAIN) — In light of the new 25 percent tariffs approved by President Donald Trump this week, bike industry groups are ramping up their lobbying calling for a reform of the de minimis value — the minimum value of an imported shipment that is subject to U.S.

Tagged Trade/tariffs / Interbike
Rivendell's new Gus Boots-Willsen

RENO, Nev. (BRAIN) — For the first time since it began selling lugged steel custom bikes in 1994, Rivendell Bicycle Works is exhibiting at Interbike. The company, which is based in Walnut Creek, California, has historically sold mostly consumer direct, first by catalog mail order and later online.

Julian (left) with Defeet founder and president Shane Cooper

RENO, Nev. (BRAIN) — Alexander Julian is one of the best-known American designers, known for his Colours brand and his wardrobe designs for TV shows and movies.

RENO, Nev. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer & Industry News has promoted Steve Frothingham to editor in chief of its magazine and website.

RENO, Nev. (BRAIN) — Interbike exhibitors based in North and South Carolina said their workers and facilities largely escaped damage from Hurricane Florence. BRAIN is still trying to contact coastal retailers who may have been affected.

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