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TEMPE, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Pivot Cycles has hired John Pentecost to help lead its International Sales team. Pentecost was a co-founder of Evil Bikes and E-Thirteen Components, and he's since served in senior sales and marketing roles at Race Face and Yeti. 

Tagged People
Photo courtesy team BMC.

ZURICH (BRAIN) — Andreas "Andy" Rihs, the owner of the BMC bike company and its pro race team, died Wednesday at age 75, according to the brand. Reports say Rihs was suffering from cancer. 

Tagged People / Racing & Sponsorship

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Mike Tyson is Robert Stevenson’s favorite philosopher. Or so he says. But why? It was Tyson who said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.”

Tagged Bicycle Leadership Conference / Sea Otter Classic

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Less than a month before the event, Bike New York has announced that it will move Bike Expo New York to Pier 12 in Brooklyn. Due to unexpected maintenance, the nonprofit was unable to obtain a permit to hold the event at Basketball City, where the event has taken place for the last six years.

Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides

CASELLA d'ASOLO, Italy (BRAIN) — Selle Italia srl, the parent company to Sella Italia, Sportourer and Net saddles, has hired SpinCycle LLC to handle OEM sales in North America. SpinCycle is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and headed up by industry veteran Kendall Young.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — If the bike industry has a $1 million question, it is this: How do we get more people riding? How to stop ridership decline and reverse the trend out of the red and into the black is a giant problem that requires a solution of equally epic proportions.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (BRAIN) — The United States Forest Service has approved e-bike usage in the Mammoth Bike Park, making it one of the first bike parks on USFS land to allow e-bikes.

Tagged Electric bike

CORONA DEL MAR, Calif. (BRAIN) — A celebration of life service will be held this Friday for Eli Eipper, a bike industry veteran who died April 7 after being struck by an alleged drunken driver on March 18.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike has announced the initial wave of content and schedule for the IBD Summit at Interbike, the retail education track at the Interbike show this fall.

Tagged IBD Summit / Interbike
2018 Wholesale Bike Sell-in by Category

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The U.S. bike industry saw a slight uptick in wholesale sell-in in the first quarter, driven by increases in sales of e-bikes, gravel bikes, and BMX. The dollar value of the bikes sold in to retailers in the first quarter was $229 million, up 2.4 percent from the same period last year.

EMMAUS, Pa. (BRAIN) — Leah Flickinger has left Bicycling magazine, where she had been editor in chief since last April, following a long career with Rodale.

On social media, Flickinger said her last day at the title, now owned by Hearst, was Friday.

Tagged People / Media/Publishing

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Hi-Torque Publications has promoted Mountain Bike Action's Joe Mackey to managing editor. Mackey previously was assistant editor.

Tagged People / Media/Publishing

LEVIS, Quebec and LEXINGTON, S.C. (BRAIN) — Hawley has hired three new sales representatives covering territories in the Eastern United States.

Tagged People / Sales Reps
The Amer Sports brand also announces new positions for Pantone, Nielson, and Points.

OGDEN, Utah (BRAIN) — ENVE has announced that Jeremy Venz will move into the position of managing director. He has served as the company's COO since July 2017.

Tagged People

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP has recently promoted Jessica Grenwis to fill its vice president of marketing role and hired Bill Schouman to fill its vice president of sales role. The company said the two will work closely together to further integrate QBP's sales and marketing initiatives.

Tagged People

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (BRAIN) — Mountain Racing Products has hired industry veteran Rob Aguero to its sales team. Aguero has previously worked for Pivot Cycles, Reynolds Cycling, and Magura USA in various sales and marketing-focused roles. He will serve as manager of sales and business development.

Tagged People

LONG BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — ACT Lab, an independent third-party laboratory that conducts safety and compliance testing for the bike and outdoor industries, has added bike industry veteran Phil Bash to its global sales team.

Tagged People
Show organizers say they have commitments from Cannondale, Pivot Cycles, KHS and other major bike brands.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Registration for retailers, distributors and media opened Thursday for this year's Interbike Marketweek. Meanwhile, show organizers have announced a growing list of exhibitors for the event, which includes the Northstar Free-Ride Festival, the OutDoor Demo and the indoor expo, all in the Reno-Tahoe area from Sept. 14-20.

Tagged Interbike

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (BRAIN) — A potential buyer may breathe new life into popular bike rental platform Spinlister, which announced last month that it would shut down. The tech company has received multiple offers from companies interested in acquiring its assets, according to CEO Marcelo Loureiro.

Tagged Bikeshare
Maier (left) with Smith.

DAYTON, Ohio (BRAIN) — Huffy Bicycles has announced a new line of bikes to be sold exclusively through IBDs: Batch Bicycles.


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