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SEYMOUT, CT (BRAIN)—Thule has hired Timothy Makris as vice president of product development.

Makris will be responsible for overseeing the product development, engineering and quality departments. Makris will report to president Fred Clark.

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Midnight Ridazz, the biggest bicycle club in L.A., was featured in yesterday's L.A. Times Calendar section.

Midnight Ridaz last ride featured 1,400 cyclists, according to group leader Monica Howe (a.k.a. Muff).

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Registration is now open for "the cycling industry's most prestigious golf tournament," the 11th annual BLC Invitational.

Participation is open to all Bicycle Leadership Conference attendees and guests.

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NORRISTOWN, PA (BRAIN)—Pro Cycling Tour (PCT) has named Robin Zellner and Andrea Bialick, two veteran cycling experts, as the technical directors for its 2008 Pennsylvania races—the Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling and the all-new U-25 American Eagle Outfitters Tour of Pennsylvania, presented by Highmark Health

TRABUCO CANYON, CA (BRAIN)—Xterra Adventures, a multi-sport adventure travel company, and Specialized Bicycles have teamed up to provide a star-studded tour for Specialized Riders Club members.

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Thousands of bicycle riders from around the world acknowledged World AIDS Day on December 1, 2007 by cycling 27 miles in recognition of the 27 years that the pandemic has been in existence.

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WOODLAND, CA (BRAIN)—Tree trimmer and convicted felon Charles Kevin Cunningham has been sentenced to 31 years, four months to life for the murder of John Finley Scott.

Cunningham, 48, was found guilty of first-degree murder and grand theft on Oct. 23.

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Leadership Conference has added an RSS feed to its Web site, allowing users to keep track of updates on an up-to-the-second basis.

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LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—BRAIN world headquarters will be experiencing power outages this morning and early afternoon. And, also, tomorrow in the early afternoon.

Please bear with us as the phone lines will be down during this time, as will our ability to retrieve and respond to e-mails.

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"Dear Mr. Norman (if that is your real name),

BRAIN's esteemed editor Megan Tompkins has got herself a new girl named Sadie.

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—The Most Active Americans consumer Panel MAAP asked 600 outdoor/fitness enthusiasts what they wanted for Christmas.

MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—The Sea Otter Classic celebrates its 18th year this April 17-20, 2008, and with it comes some new additions and expansion.

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NUNSPEET, Netherlands, and TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Both Giant Bicycles and Shimano will continue to support Team High Road, the former T-Mobile men’s and women’s pro squads just dropped by long-time title sponsor Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile division.

"Roll me and call me the tumblin' dice." —Rolling Stones


PHILADELPHIA, PA—Bike shipments to bike shops grew a meager 0.4 percent during the first nine months of this year and sales grew by an equally modest 2.7 percent, according to the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA).

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LAKE FOREST, CA—Many parks like Orange County’s Whiting Ranch were still closed in mid-November with no time line on when they may reopen.


RAMONA, CA—While most manufacturers and shop owners escaped unscathed from the recent wildfires that swept through Southern California, most reported some form of business disruption.

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer is looking for 2008 late year calendar submissions, specifically for the months of November and December.

Please e-mail Jason Norman at by this Friday to submit.

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TRENTON, NJ (BRAIN)—Hutchinson Tires is the first bicycle tire manufacturer to produce a 29-inch MTB tire with the
official UST stamp of approval.


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