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TBI and Slowtwitch.com name top 50 multisport retailers

Published January 16, 2015

ORANGE, Calif. (BRAIN) – Triathlon Business International and Slowtwitch.com have announced the top 50 multisport retailers in the U.S. for 2014. Compiled by Slowtwitch.com publisher Dan Empfield, the top 50 was determined by consumer and supplier votes. 

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"Triathlon Business International has been honored to partner with Slowtwitch.com the past five years to present the top 10 and top 50 triathlon retailers.” said TBI president Jack Caress when the list was announced.  “We think it’s important to recognize the best shops throughout the United States, ones who have done a great job offering the top products, technical expertise and professional services to their triathlete customers."

The voting process was weighted 80 percent on suppliers’ votes and 20 percent consumer, the majority of whom are Slowtwitch.com readers. Over 300 retailers with brick and mortar locations were considered for the top 50. Ballots were distributed among nine geographic regions and to 75 suppliers. Suppliers were allowed to select 3 to 6 retailers per region depending on the size of the region and up to 47 retailers total.

The criteria suppliers were asked to consider included: brand and technical knowledge, significant triathlon in-store inventory, service to the local community, ability to satisfy customer needs with product match, fit, size and equipment setup, and general knowledge of the sport of triathlon among others.

Slowtwitch.com readers cast their votes on nine parameters, including inventory, staff product knowledge, store hours and parking.

TBI will announce the top 10 multisport retailers at the awards celebration and banquet to be held during its annual industry conference on January 26. TBI will also honor the top triathlon product and triathlete’s choice best events of 2014 among several others.

The third annual TBI conference runs Jan. 25-27 in Marina del Rey, Calif. 

The top 50 multisport retailers for 2014 (alphabetical order)*:

 

All3Sports

Atlanta

GA

Arts Cyclery

San Luis Obispo

CA

ATA Cycle**

Concord

MA

Athletes Lounge

Portland

OR

Austin Tri Cyclist

Austin

TX

Belmont Wheelworks

Belmont

MA

Bike Doctor

Arnold

MD

Bonzai Sports

Falls Church

VA

Brands Cycle

Wantagh

NY

Brickwell Cycling and Multisports

Great Neck

NY

Cadence Cycling and Multisport**

Philadelphia

PA

Colorado Multisport

Boulder

CO

Contender Bicycles

Salt Lake City

UT

Davis Wheelworks

Davis

CA

Element Multisport

Chicago

IL

Emery’s Cycling Triathlon

Milwaukee

WI

Endurance House

Middleton

WI

Endure It! **

Naperville

IL

Fast Splits

Newton

MA

Fit Werx**

Waitsfield

VT

Fit Werx 2

Peabody

MA

Freshbikes

Arlington

VA

Gear West Bike and Triathlon

Long Lake

MN

Get a Grip Cycles

Chicago

IL

Inside Out Sports

Cary

NC

Inside Out Sports

Charlotte

NC

Jack and Adams

Austin

TX

Kompetitive Edge**

Sheridan

CO

Mack Cycle

Miami

FL

Moment Cycle Sport

San Diego

CA

Northwest Tri and Bike

Kent

WA

Nytro Multisport

Encinitas

CA

Pacific Swim Bike Run**

Stamford

CT

Parvilla Cycle and Multisport**

Edgewater

MD

Play Tri

Dallas

TX

Podium Multisport

Atlanta

GA

R&A Cycles

Brooklyn

NY

Rocket Bicycle Studio**

Verona

WI

Running Away Multisport

Deerfield

IL

Running Away Multisport

Chicago

IL

SBR Multisports

NY

NY

Schlegel Bicycles**

Oklahoma City

OK

Speedy Reedy

Seattle

WA

T3 Multisport

Indianapolis

IN

Tri Shop

Plano

TX

Triathlon Lab

Redondo Beach

CA

Tribe Multisport

Scottsdale

AZ

TriBella

Boulder

CO

Trisports.com

Tucson

AZ

Urban Tri Gear

Chicago

IL

Winter Park Cycles**

Orlando

FL

* There are 51 in the list due to a tie for the 50th position.

** New in 2014.  Did not make the 2013 list.

 

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