SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—Suspension fork and shock manufacturer Manitou has launched training on 3point5.com, adding to the online retail training company’s growing collection of cycling brands.
RALEIGH, NC (BRAIN)—Eastern Bikes has promoted Bryan Byrd to national sales manager.
Byrd has worked for Eastern for a little more than a year, previously working as a sales manager for an industrial supply distributor.
LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN)—Organizers of CrossVegas and the USA CRITS Finals announced that they will each stage separate bicycle industry only races for the upcoming September 2008 Interbike International Bicycle Expo in Las Vegas.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Velonews.com added a new products section to its Web site a few months ago and the site is looking to lift the profile of the section as it continues to rebuild its offerings after its redesign.
MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Guru Bikes and Quality Bicycle Products have agreed to team up for the next several years.
Who are those masked men? (Click on link) That would be, of course, the U.S. cycling team that flew into Beijing yesterday, obviously concerned about the city's poor air quality. Let the games begin (cough, cough).
CARSON CITY, NV (BRAIN)—Veltec Sports has appointed Andy Ewas to the position of outside sales representative for the New England territory, effective August 15.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (BRAIN)—American Bicycle Group has hired Daryl Walter as its new chief financial officer.
Walter will be managing accounting, treasury, IT, HR and collections for the company.
Thanks to (huge Beastie Boys fan) Bionicon's Mic De Min for stopping by BRAIN World Headquarters yesterday for a ride.
WINTER PARK, CO (BRAIN)—In its second year, Colorado Crankworx drew more athletes and vendors and helped Winter Park Resort sell more lift tickets to its Trestle Bike Park than the first time around. Still, event organizers and bike industry exhibitors say the young festival still has plenty of room for growth.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer and Industry News is looking for news and product review submission for its October issue.
All news submissions for October should be sent to managing editor Lynette Carpiet at lcarpiet@bicycleretailer.
Just another reminder not to keep a loaded gun in your bike bag. (Click on link)
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Canari Cyclewear is throwing its support behind two riders that will be documented for an upcoming film.
ARCATA, CA (BRAIN)—Kinetic Koffee will be donating a percentage of all coffee sales in the month of August to World Bicycle Relief, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to independence and livelihood through The Power of Bicycles in impoverished areas throughout the world.
SAN CARLOS, CA (BRAIN)—Ritchey Design/Syncros USA has promoted Nate Shaw, former top caliber inside sales motor, to national retail sales manager.
Under this new title, Shaw will manage three customer groups: Retail Direct, Builder Sales and Grassroots Team businesses.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—From within the walls that brought the world the Speedball seatpost, DUC 32 fork and legendary Maverick frames comes the nation's newest suspension service center.
BY JASON NORMAN
LAS VEGAS, NV—Tom Hillard knows a great deal about the Cactus Cup. After all, he brought the idea of sponsorship to his boss at Specialized at the time.
BY NICOLE FORMOSA
LIVIGNO, Italy—GT aims to grow its U.S. market share this year by developing a new consumer advertising campaign, building on its new traveling demo program and implementing sports marketing and merchandising initiatives.
BY NICOLE FORMOSA
HOLBROOK, NY—News that Iron Horse Bicycle Company would discontinue sales of its bikes in the independent bicycle dealer channel drew mixed reactions from the brand’s retailers—some were let down, while others said they saw the move coming.
MILAN, Italy (BRAIN)—Oakley sales continued to soar in the second quarter of 2008 with the company reporting another period of double-digit growth. Sales jumped 19.6 percent in the second quarter, on top of the 15 percent growth Oakley saw in the first quarter of the year.