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Published March 19, 2012

Bike Summit kicks off Tuesday • Cyclone adds FSA, VDO and Muc-Off • Triton Imports is new exclusive U.K. distributor of SE Bikes • National Racing Calendar rolls out with Redlands Classic

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN) Monday March 19 2012 11:06 AM MT— Organizers are expecting a record number of attendees at the 2012 National Bike Summit, which opens Tuesday here.

The summit will bring together more than 800 cyclists from 49 states.

Hosted by the League of American Bicyclists, the Summit convenes as Congress considers how to spend billions of dollars on the transportation bill.

"Two months ago, the Senate bill would have gutted critical funding for local bicycle projects, eliminated programs like Safe Routes to School and eroded the rights of all American cyclists," said Andy Clarke, LAB's president.

"But tens of thousands of people called and wrote their members of Congress and their voices were heard. Now more than ever, cyclists have become a powerful, organized constituency that is redefining our streets as safe, public spaces for people, not just speeding automobiles."

Speakers during the 2012 National Bike Summit will include:
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI)
Mark McKinnon, Former Presidential Campaign and Chief Media Adviser
Jason Dorsey, The Gen Y Guy

The National Bike Summit will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington (1000 H Street NW, Washington, D.C.) on March 20 and 21, and moves to Capitol Hill on Thursday, March 22.

See the full agenda at:

Cyclone adds FSA, VDO and Muc-Off

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN) Monday March 19 2012 10:56 AM MT—Cyclone Bicycle Supply has added three new lines for 2012: FSA, VDO and Muc-Off. The news comes on the heels of the Portland company last year becoming Shimano's newest U.S. distributor.

Sales director John Byfield said the company has 28 new vendors and almost 4,000 new items for the year. Its 2012 catalog is 37 percent larger than last year's.

"We have expanded our offerings in a number of key categories, and will continue to look for new product lines that we feel offer our customers quality and value.” said Byfield.

Triton Imports is new exclusive U.K. distributor of SE Bikes

Triton Imports is the new U.K. distributor of the U.S. BMX and fixed gear brand, SE Bikes.

Triton will receive its first stock of the bikes in the middle of next month.

"We are very pleased to be making our first steps in distribution with one
of the most iconic and original BMX innovators. The strength of the model
names PK Ripper, OM Flyer and Quadangle speak for themselves and will be a
great asset to dealers looking to offer something trusted, proven and
individual," said Luke Edwards, Triton Imports' director.

National Racing Calendar rolls out with Redlands Classic

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN) Monday March 19 2012 10:59 AM MT— USA Cycling's National Racing Calendar kicks off this week with the traditional Redlands Bicycle Classic in California.

For the first time, the NRC consists solely of road races and stage races. Criteriums now have their own series, the National Criterium Calendar.

Francisco Mancebo ( and Janel Holcomb (Team Optum/Kelly Benefit Strategies) are the defending individual NRC champions.

March 22-25 Redlands Bicycle Classic, Redlands, Calif.
April 15 Tour of the Battenkill Cambridge, N.Y.
April 26-29 Joe Martin Stage Race p/b Nature Valley Fayetteville, Ark.
May 2-6 SRAM Tour of the Gila Silver City, N.M.
May 24-28 Exergy Tour, Idaho
June 3 Liberty Classic, Philadelphia, Pa.
June 13-17 Nature Valley Grand Prix Twin Cities, Minn.
July 17-22 Cascade Classic Stage Race, Bend, Ore.
Aug. 3-5 Tour of Elk Grove Elk Grove, Ill.
Aug. 21-23 Aspen/Snowmass Pro Women's Race Aspen, Colo.
Sept. 15 Grand Prix Souderton, Penn.

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