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NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Rodale Inc. has launched Bicycling in the Netherlands in a partnership with WPG Media.

Tagged Media/Publishing / Racing & Sponsorship

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — An article that popped up on a Chinese website that covers venture capital investment caused a stir last week. It reported that Ofo, a Chinese bike sharing company, was looking to purchase Giant Manufacturing.

GIRONA, Spain (BRAIN) — The first Sea Otter Europe Costa Brava-Girona Bike Show closed its doors Sunday after three days, claiming 30,000 visitors and more than 4,000 registered athletes.

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Leaders of two of the largest bike brands are speaking out publicly about President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.

BOURNEMOUTH, U.K. (BRAIN) — The Australian bike brand Reid Cycles has appointed Rob Akam as managing director of Reid Cycles UK Ltd, which handles all international operations and their sourcing division.

TREVISO, Italy (BRAIN) — Pinarello has hired Alberto Fonte as its new sales director. Fonte comes to Pinarello from the Selle Royal Group, where he was the brand director for Fizik.

ZWOLLE, The Netherlands (BRAIN) – Dutch wheel manufacturer Fast Forward Wheels has brought on Tacx Germany as a distribution partner to serve the German market. Tacx will stock the complete range of Fast Forward Wheels’ road, mountain and cyclocross wheels, which are built by hand in The Netherlands.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — First-quarter revenue at Giant Manufacturing, the world's largest producer of bikes, continues a downward trend pointing to what could be another tough year for the industry.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

LONGMONT, Colo. (BRAIN) — Gore Bike Wear has hired recently retired pro cyclists Fabian Cancellara as a new brand ambassador.

WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Dorel's Cycling Sports Group, the division that includes Cannondale, GT and Fabric, has expanded its retailer training program to Europe, the U.K. and Australia.

CSG also is adding more training modules to the program, which is called Cycling Prophet.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — Nuun and Company has reached a two-year agreement to sponsor and supply on-course hydration for the Prudential RideLondon, which claims to be the largest festival of cycling in the world.

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (BRAIN) — On the heels of launching the second model in its Turbo pedal-assist line, the urban-focused Vado, Specialized has opened a pop-up store here.

PORTO, Portugal (BRAIN) — The inaugural World Cycling Forum, set for June 7 and 8 in Porto, Portugal, will focus on “consumer centricity and increasing speed to market,” organizers stated.

Tagged Omnichannel / Tradeshows and conferences
Pon said it was surprised by the 'sudden' end to discussions.

HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands (BRAIN) — Accell Group said it will not continue talks with Pon Holdings about Pon's takeover offer, which was made April 11. Accell informed Pon at the end of trading Monday that it was ending the talks. 

Tagged Electric bike

TAMPA, Fla. (BRAIN) — American Classic has hired Xavier Scheepers as its sales manager for Europe.

Tagged Sales Reps

LONDON (BRAIN) — Wahoo Fitness products will be getting involved with Rapha Cycling Club and its locations around the world. Wahoo's KICKR stationary trainers will be used at the clubs and its ELEMNT GPS bike computers will be mounted to the Canyon bikes that the club loans to members.

HELSINKI (BRAIN) — Amer Sports Corporation is reporting that its cycling sales — comprising business by its Mavic and Enve brands — were down 5 percent in the January through March period, compared to the same period last year.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) —  Accell Group, which planned to hold its annual meeting of shareholders on Tuesday, said its sales in the first months of 2017 were at the same level as last year.

Net sales in the bike division were down 0.9 percent in Q1.

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano's bike-related sales were down 0.9 percent in the first quarter compared with the same period last year, while operating income in the segment was down 3.2 percent.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

WILMINGTON, Del. (BRAIN) — Sports Direct, which operates more than 700 stores worldwide as well as the Muddyfox and Silver Fox bike brands, has purchased Eastern Outfitters LCC, the company that owns Eastern Mountain Sports and Bob's Stores. Sports Direct paid $101 million for the retail group.

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