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SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Zoic Clothing's Eric Swenson and Paul Wyandt have bought the company from Nitches, Inc. a publicly traded apparel company.

Both Swenson and Wyandt have been working at Zoic/Nitches for more than 10 years.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

TREVISO, Italy (BRAIN)—Wilier Triestina owner and chairman Lino Gastaldello was killed on Saturday morning while cycling in Treviso, Italy. He was struck by a vehicle and thrown 30 meters, according to an Italian news outlet. He died from his injuries two hours later at the hospital.

Tagged People

GREENVILLE, SC (BRAIN)—Hincapie Sportswear has hired the Moss Bay Group (MBG) as retail sales representatives for the brand in the Northwest.

BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Cannondale Bicycles has hired Robert Burbank as its new general manager. He starts on February 15.

He brings a diverse background in global brand management, sales, business development and operations, mostly recently as global vice president with Burton Corporation.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—Two months into his new job as chief executive officer of Timbuk2, Mike Wallenfels has laid out priorities to help spur growth at the San Francisco bag manufacturer including reconnecting with existing bike and outdoor retailers.

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—With five months still to go until the second annual Bike PressCamp, the event is nearly sold out.

Tagged PressCamp

COLUMBIA, SC (BRAIN)—A product liability lawsuit filed last summer against Look Cycles has been moved from a county court in South Carolina to U.S. District Court, where it is scheduled for jury trial late this year.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—SOAR Communications, a full-service public relations and marketing communications agency for the outdoor recreation industries, has separated from its parent company, Politis LLC, after a successful five-year partnership.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—A solid All Mountain Demo yesterday may point toward a strong Outdoor Retailer Winter Market floor show, which opens this morning, show director Kenji Haroutunian said.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Wattie Ink., led by Sean Watkins formerly of Triathlete Magazine, has entered into an agreement to handle future promotion and sales of North American event expos at Ironman and 70.3 events, as well as head up endemic sales for Ironman’s Web site sales.

MOUNT RAINIER, MD (BRAIN)—Philip Koopman, former co-owner of City Bikes Inc., a two location bicycle store located in the Washington, D.C.

“I can teach anyone about bicycles, so I’d much rather hire somebody with a great personality like Conan who is likable and can relate to our customers.

CARLSTADT, NJ (BRAIN)—Action Bicycle, the northeast’s largest distributor, will host its 2010 Open House Expo on Sunday, February 28.

Tagged Distributor news

MISSOULA, MT (BRAIN)—Adventure Cycling Association has received two new grants in support of the organization’s work to establish an official United States Bicycle Route System (USBRS).

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Current Competitor Group (CGI) chief operating officer Scott Dickey has been appointed to the position of president. He assumes the title from president and chief executive Peter Englehart, who remains CEO.

Tagged Media/Publishing

SAN CARLOS, CA (BRAIN)—Steve Parke has resigned as Ritchey Design's general manager and former vice president of global marketing, as he plans to pursue new opportunities within the industry.

Tagged People

Maisey Marie Norman was born Sunday night, making this the second child from the web editor's clan that has a knack of being born right before a big tradeshow (Miles, Interbike '06). The publisher probably thinks that the timing of these conceptions is calculated and suspect...the web editor pleads the fifth.

The culinary cycling adventures in New York continue with U.S. national pro road cycling champion, Meredith Miller, and her friend Joan Hanscom, of the U.S.

MARINA, CA (BRAIN)—Sidi America has launched a new consumer Web site at (click on link). The site provides information and community interaction for consumers regarding the shoe brand’s products, technical information and history.

Tagged Web/Internet

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Former Triathlete Magazine vice president of sales and marketing Sean "Wattie" Watkins is launching his own sports marketing group called Wattie Ink.


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