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    LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer has extended the submission deadline for new products to be featured in the three editions of the Interbike Show Dailies, distributed at the expo.

    To submit new product for the Show Dailies, email product description, suggested retail price, Interbike booth number and high-resolution photos to BRAIN managing editor Toby Hill at thill@bicycleretailer.com by this Friday, Aug. 18.

    For Show Daily calendar consideration, email event information to BRAIN editor Lynette Carpiet at lcarpiet@bicycleretailer.com by Monday, Aug. 21. Please note that Bicycle Retailer has changed the publication schedule for this year's Show Dailies. Instead of distributing a new Show Daily each day from Wednesday through Friday during the show, we will be publishing Tuesday through Thursday. We will accept submissions to the Tuesday calendar for seminars and events at OutDoor Demo. Events taking place on the closing day Friday can be submitted for the calendar in Thursday's Show Daily.

    Interbike returns with OutDoor Demo at Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City, Nevada, on Sept. 18-19, followed by the Interbike Expo from Sept. 20-22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.


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    PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Chris King Precision Components has suspended production of its Cielo frames, the company announced Tuesday.

    Bob Scales, the company's marketing and sales manager, said, "After reevaluating marketing and sales goals for the coming years, Cielo unfortunately did not fit into our plans. We are quite proud of the product that the brand has produced over the years, but will be focussing our attention and resources on our core product families (headsets, bottom brackets, and hubs)."

    Scales said the CKPC brand will continue to work with and support the frame builder community "by providing a platform and voice for brands that choose to spec Chris King and our made-in-house bearings on their builds."


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    LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) — The Arthritis Foundation's California Coast Classic Bike Tour fundraising ride will depart from San Francisco on Sept. 9 backed by presenting sponsor Amgen and a host of industry and non-endemic sponsors.

    Biotech company Amgen is the longstanding lead sponsor of the Foundation's eight-day fundraising ride, and the company also recruits a team to fundraise and ride it.

    "We are proud to be a longtime supporter of the Arthritis Foundation and the California Coast Classic," said Helen Jordan, vice president and general manager of inflammation and nephrology at Amgen. "As part of our continued dedication to helping improve the care of patients living with rheumatoid arthritis and related diseases, we are thrilled to have a team complete the Tour each year."

    DT Swiss and KIND Snacks are both new sponsors for 2017. DT Swiss will provide riders the opportunity to demo the brand's high-end road wheels, and KIND Snacks will help fuel riders during the 570-mile tour, which concludes Sept. 16 in Los Angeles.

    "It's our pleasure to support a great ride and a worthy cause," said DT Swiss marketing and events manager Shane Hensley.

    Additional sponsors of the 17th annual California Coast Classic Bike Tour include Dole, Ergodyne, Genentech, Harmless Harvest, Honey Stinger, Safeway and ViaSat.

    More information is available on the Arthritis Foundation website.


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    SEATTLE, Wash. (BRAIN) — Northwest Tech, a supplier of custom snow sports clothing, is entering the bike world with a custom program for mountain bike shorts and jerseys.

    The U.S.-made items are customizable with color, jersey sleeve and inseam length and other options.

    "Being riders ourselves, we demand premium materials including 4-way stretch fabrics and waterproof zippers, combined with durable double needle stitching throughout," the company said. 

    The jerseys feature a 4-way stretch moisture-wicking fabric, and are available in short-, ¾- and long sleeve options. Riders can also choose to add a stash pocket with a waterproof zipper to their jerseys. 

    The shorts are made with a 4-way stretch DWR fabric, waterproof zippers, an adjustable waist band, and three different inseam length options. 

    More information: nwt3k.com/customize/bike.


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    CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Canyon has officially launched sales to consumers in the United States.

    The Germany-based company began taking orders for road, mountain, triathlon, and commuter bikes on canyon.com. The first orders were processed Tuesday.

    "Thirty years ago I started Canyon, selling parts from a trailer I brought to local races," said CEO and founder Roman Arnold in a statement Wednesday. "Launching sales in the United States marks another great milestone for all of us in the Canyon family, from our design team to our engineers to our top professional riders, as we begin a new chapter of sharing our passion for cycling."

    Canyon USA's president, Blair Clark, said, "The past few months have obviously been very intense integrating personnel, an ERP system, a CRM system and web software.

    "However, our team's aptitude and can-do attitude is amazing. The employees are passionate about creating an emotional connection between our customers and our bikes. Our team demands the best results from one another and along the way wants to build the best bike company. Often when I'm out riding my Canyon, I get the same two questions: 'When can I buy one?' Or, 'Where can I test one here?' It's incredibly rewarding now to be able to say, 'Go to our website – you can order one of these legendary bikes today and you have 30 days to try it out for yourself."

    Canyon USA is based in Carlsbad, California with a logistics facility in nearby Chino. 


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    PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — The Electric Bike Expo has canceled this weekend's consumer test fest in Portland because Monday's total solar eclipse, which makes landfall south of the city, has wreaked havoc on its logistics.

    The Expo was scheduled to run this Friday through Sunday at the Portland Meadows, a horse racing track and event venue.

    Ray Verhelst, director of the Electric Bike Association, said organizers instead expect to schedule a "makeup" Expo in Southern California for Dec. 8-10, either in Orange or Ventura County. The expo expects to return to Portland in 2018, probably in August, he said.

    The eclipse is no surprise, but Verhelst said no one realized just how crowded and chaotic it is shaping up to be, and how it is straining local resources.

    "The entire state of Oregon, Washington, northern California, and I think even Idaho are out of porta potties right now," Verhelst said. The event's national fencing supplier said it could take up to a week to remove the fencing from the venue.

    "You can't even hire an off-duty cop to come over and provide security because they're all going to be on overtime," he said.

    Oregon is Ground Zero for the eclipse. The path of totality makes U.S. landfall in Lincoln City, Oregon, south of Portland, shortly after 10 a.m. Monday and then begins moving across the state.

    Oregon's transportation department expects Monday to be the busiest day in the history of Interstate 5, television station KATU reported. The department says some 1 million visitors are expected to come to Oregon to see the eclipse.

    "Nobody had any knowledge about how big this was going to get," Verhelst said. "We'll take the lemons and turn them into lemonade for the first weekend in December."

    The association remains on schedule with upcoming expos in Miami Beach, Florida, Oct. 13-15, and in Philadelphia, Nov. 4-5.

    The Electric Bike Expos give consumers a opportunity to demo e-bikes from dozens of brands on a designated test track. Admission is free, and exhibitors get access to a wealth of demographic information about attendees. Most of the leading e-bike brands participate in the Expos, including Bosch, Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, Haibike, Giant and others.

    Verhelst said a majority of consumers who have attended this year's Expos had no knowledge of e-bikes before they came and, in fact, are invisible to local bike shops.

    "It's a completely different market," he said.


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    WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The National Retail Federation says retail sales in July increased by 0.6 percent over June on a seasonally adjusted basis. The NRF said sales increased by 3.5 percent in the month year-over-year, a continuation of the growth seen in June and long-term trends. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.

    "Soft or declining prices for retail goods continue to hold down the dollar amount of sales reported even though unit volume was up. Consumer spending remains solid as retail sales saw healthy improvements in July and revised June numbers were also positive," NRF's chief economist, Jack Kleinhenz said. "We have yet to see the full effect of back-to-school spending, but pickup in spending was evident both online and in general merchandise, which includes bricks-and-mortar department stores. Rising home values are encouraging home-improvement spending and home-related retail purchases."

    "Soft or declining prices for retail goods continue to hold down the dollar amount of sales reported even though unit volume was up," Kleinhenz said.

    Year-over-year growth was up 4 percent on a three-month moving average.

    According to the NRF, online and other non-store retail sales increased 1.3 percent seasonally adjusted over June and increased 11.4 percent unadjusted year-over-year. Sporting goods stores sales increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted from June but decreased 5.7 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

    According to the NRF, total retail sales have grown year-over-year every month since November 2009, and retail sales as calculated by NRF – excluding automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants – have increased year-over-year in all but three months since the beginning of 2010.


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    FRYEBURG, Maine (BRAIN) — Reid Bikes, an Australia-based brand distributed in the U.S. since 2015, is now offering IBDs a $329 commuter bike that the brand said will allow shops to compete with department store bikes.

    The Transit is a 21-speed commuter with an aluminum frame. It has a lifetime frame and fork warranty and a one-year warranty on non-consumable parts. The bike has a Shimano drivetrain, alloy direct-pull brakes, double-wall aluminum rims, and alloy hubs. The frame and fork have rack and fender mounts. 

    It's available in four sizes. 

    Reid bikes are distributed in the U.S. by Hans Johnsen, Downeast, Olympic and Wilson.

    More information: reidbikes.com/product/bikes/commuter-folding/transit.


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    SAN JOSE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Blue Book has added two new members to its business development team. Gary Thornton, based in Philadelphia, will cover the Northeast territory and Will Stoffel, based in Memphis, will cover the Southeast territory.

    "The unprecedented growth of our Trade-in Partner program lead us to realize we needed to accelerate our plans for field support of our retail partners. Gary and Will are quality individuals that possess a great blend of retail experience and a strong complement of consulting abilities," said Chris McLaren, the company's chief business development officer.

    Steve Parke, the company's national business development manager, said, "The whole concept of formalized trade-in services, offered to dealers and consumers, is relatively new for the bike industry. We've found both sides of the equation are enthusiastic supporters, as our network builds.

    "When our team visits dealers in their stores, trains the staff on the intake process and suggests best practices for implementing our program, dealers realize an immediate increase in new bike sales." 

    The company said its full business development team will attend Interbike and be available to discuss the program with interested dealers.


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    MONTRÉAL (BRAIN) — The North American Bikeshare Association is producing a three-day conference later this month. The organization's fourth annual conference will gather bike share companies and community officials from around the world to discuss best practices and the future of bikeshare, the group said.

    "The bikeshare landscape continues to innovate and transform all around us," said Samantha Herr, the group's executive director. "With new pricing models, dockless systems and expansion into low-income areas, bikeshare has the power to completely reinvent the way people get around and view transportation.

    "This conference will bring together system owners and operators, cities and equipment providers with a common goal of steering the bikeshare industry toward an even stronger future."

    The conference will be held from Wednesday, Aug. 30 to Friday, Sept. 1 at Centre Mont-Royal, located at 2200 Mansfield Street, Montreal Quebec.

    More information: nabsa.net/2017-annual-conference.


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    The Coron Air helmet with SPIN.

    PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — POC is launching new 2018 model year bike helmets with its own SPIN technology to reduce injuries from oblique impacts.

    The company was one of the first to use the MIPS technology, which promises similar benefits. A company spokesman said SPIN, which stands for "Shearing Pads Inside" is a more integrated system. MIPS requires a separate layer inside the helmet against the head, which can add to the overall size of the helmet and potentially reduce air flow. SPIN uses helmet pads that perform a similar function. 

    SPIN pads "are placed in precise locations throughout the helmet and shear in any direction to minimize the effects of an oblique impact by allowing the helmet to move relative to the head," the company said. 

    POC snowsport helmets with SPIN will be available this fall, while bike helmets will be available for spring. He said some bike helmet models with SPIN may continue to be available but POC will not be adding MIPS to new models.

    The Tectal Race Spin.At Crankworx this week, POC showed a new fullface downhill/enduro helmet with SPIN, the $275 Coron Air. The company also will use SPIN on open face helmets including the Octal X SPIN road helmet and the Tectal Race Spin mountain bike helmet (each will retail for $250). 

    At Crankworx, POC also showed off its new Clarity lens technology, which is used in a new google model as well as new eyewear for road, mountain bike and urban use. The company said Clarity, which was developed with Zeiss, enhances contrast and definition.

    "The POC mission to do all it can to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclistsis at the very center of our development process," said Jonas Sjögren, POC's CEO. "SPIN and Clarity, and the new helmets and eyewear they will feature in, are built on that commitment and incorporate the wealth of knowledge we have developed over the last ten years."

     


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    BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — VeloNews said it has audience growth this summer through its new digital offerings, including its FastTalk podcast, VeloNews Podcast and The VeloNews Show (video).

    The publisher said the two podcasts hit a new high of more than 176,000 listens in July. Views of The VeloNews Show increased 60 percent in July over June and have continued to stay at a high level in August. VeloNews said the increased audience has led to new advertisers, including BOA Technology, Health IQ and Quarq.

    The VeloNews Show is a weekly 5-minute video talk show hosted by editors Fred Dreier, Spencer Powlison and Caley Fretz.

    The Fast Talk podcast gives advice and insights on topics including training, nutrition and tech. It is hosted by coach Trevor Connor and Fretz.

    The VeloNews Podcast, also hosted by Dreier, Fretz and Powlison, airs every week and focuses on pro cycling news with interviews with riders, authors and VeloNews contributors.

    "176,000 listeners is an exciting milestone, and we are thrilled to see such great momentum and traction for our podcasts," said Dreier, the editor-in-chief of VeloNews. "We are committed to providing an exceptional experience for our cycling fans on new platforms. The VeloNews Show, Fast Talk and VeloNews are a fun new way to deliver experiences and cycling information to our audience."


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    Interbike also announces racing schedule and music performances.

    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Major brands including Cannondale, Santa Cruz, 3T, Pivot Cycles, Campagnolo, Shimano, and SRAM have committed to attend Interbike's second edition of its Fall CycloFest, a four-day event held at the U.S. National Whitewater Center just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Interbike also has announced a race schedule and music acts planned for the Oct. 18-22 event.

    "This year's event is shaping up nicely and should be even more exciting than last year," said Pat Hus, the vice president of Interbike. "We learned a lot last year and are incorporating a number of changes this fall, such as adding more race events, moving the music earlier in the day, shifting the expo closer to the main grounds and making the demo experience for consumers available beginning on Friday afternoon."

    In addition to traditional road, mountain and other cycling disciplines, the event will feature a number of e-bike brands. Interbike said the facility's 25-plus miles of singletrack make for an ideal e-bike testing ground. Several bands will have their latest e-bikes available to ride on both the private retailer and open-to-the-public consumer days. Also returning is the kids' Bike Rodeo, presented by the local Charlotte Bikin' Dad's organization. More than 150 kids rode the course last year with help and guidance from the organization's volunteers. Kids and their parents came from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia and more to take part in the weekend festivities.

    The event schedule has been enhanced with numerous off-road races, group road rides, happy hours and a film screening. Highlighting the event is the Fall CycloFest Cyclo-Cross race, which is part of the North Carolina Cyclo-Cross Series (NCCX). The race drew approximately 400 participants in 2016. A large purse and numerous prizes from participating sponsors and exhibitors have been established for winners.

    A series of live music acts will entertain once again at Fall CycloFest, starting with the Industry Happy Hour on Thursday, Oct. 19. The bands have been secured for Saturday night's main act, which will be open to the public. The entertainment will start with Super Doppler, a psychedelic rock band from Norfolk, Virgina. Headlining the event will be Griz Folk, a five-piece alternative rock band from Los Angeles. The band released their debut album in 2014, and has performed on Late Night with David Letterman, Conan O´Brien and more.

    Booths and sponsorship opportunities are still available at Fall CycloFest. For more information, please contact andria.klinger@interbike.com or 949-226-5745.

     


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    WASHINGTON (BRAIN) —The League of American Bicyclists has recognized 60 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses, a list that includes major banks, an NFL stadium, bike share organizations, bike retailers and manufacturers.

    Since the program began in 2008, nearly 1,400 businesses have received the designation after showing they had facilities and programs that encouraged bike use. Application for the designation requires a fee that ranges from $50 to $1,000 depending on the size of the business. Not all members re-apply for the designation, but the LAB continues to publish of the companies that received the designation in the past.

    The 60 businesses that joined or renewed this year included Giant Bicycle, which joined as a Gold-level BFB, and Dero Bike Racks, which has been on the list since 2010 but moved up to Platinum level this year. 

    Flagstaff, Arizona, retailer Absolute Bikes has been on the list since 2013, and also moved up to Platinum level this year. 

    While Giant is the only bike brand on the list of new and renewing members, many other brands have made the list other years. Trek and Specialized, for example, each achieved Gold-level designation in 2010 but are not on the list of renewing businesses. 

    Minneapolis' U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings, joined as a Bronze-level BFB. It's the first major events stadium in the country to receive the award.

     

    "Seeing these businesses re-apply to the program after utilizing our feedback and implementing the League's recommendations to become more bicycle-friendly is an exciting validation of the BFB program," says Amelia Neptune, the director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. "Our goal is to help these workplaces find more ways to support bicycling internally and externally, and to identify the ways that bicycling can help bolster their business. Whether it's to attract employees and customers, or to build a more positive workplace culture or meet sustainability targets — the BFB program has proven that bikes can help businesses with all of this and more."

    More information: List of new and renewing BFBs | All BFBs to date

     


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    MENDHAM, N.J. (BRAIN) — Van Dessel Cycles has announced Dirt City Cycle Supply as their new exclusive Canadian distributor effective immediately.

    Dirt City Cycle Supply is run by Cliff Vallentgoed and Brent Ruelling, who own and manage the Red Bike retail store in Edmonton, Alberta. The two said they've had a long-time dream of launching a distribution businesses, using their knowledge of retail needs.

    "We are so pleased to be making a start with Van Dessel; a brand with great products and a justly great reputation which we hope to continue with great service for the Canadian market," the company said.

    Van Dessel said Dirt City Cycle Supply will offer more competitive pricing as well as inventory in-country for Canadian dealers. The distributor received its first batch of bikes the week of Aug. 7 and they have begun shipping out orders. 

    Robert Vander Veur, Van Dessel's vice president of sales and development,  said, "The Canadian market has been very strong for Van Dessel but we really needed a partner that could place our brand in a more competitive position in order to capitalize on the demand and the potential. We recognized that there were a few variables challenging our dealers and our growth in the Canadian market. Partnering with Dirt City Cycle Supply will address these challenges and lay the foundation for future success."

    Edwin Bull, founder and President of Van Dessel, noted that Dirt City Cycle Supply has a strong connection to cyclocross and has a long history with the Van Dessel brand. "Mike VandeHam rode out of Red Bike when he won the U23 CX national championships on a Van Dessel while racing for Adam Myerson's CycleSmart team. This partnership with Dirt City is an extension of something that had its roots in racing out of Red Bike."

    Dealers wishing to contact Dirt City Cycle Supply can reach them at 587-525-7041 or by email at info@dirtcity.co.


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    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — USA Cycling has Scott Schnitzspahn as the organization's vice president of elite athletics. Schnitzspahn was most recently the high performance director at the U.S. Olympic Committee.

    The vice president of elite athletics role will be responsible for the overall financial and administrative management of USA Cycling's elite athlete programs, including resource allocation, athlete access and selection, commercial and technical partnerships, and enhanced funding.

    USAC's CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall said, "We are very proud of our success to date in elite athletics, but we have ambition to accomplish much more by recruiting the best and brightest into every role in our organization. Scott personifies exactly that – he is uniquely qualified and experienced to lead USA Cycling's elite athletics programs. He will be a tremendous asset to our staff and coaches and a passionate advocate for our athletes."

    In his previous role at the USOC, Schnitzspahn led a team of sport science and medicine professionals and was in charge of allocating financial and other resources to multiple sports, including cycling. He has previously served as sport performance director for USA Triathlon, and has spent his entire career focused on coaching and sport administrative roles. He holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from The Ohio State University.

    Schnitzspahn said, "I am joining USA Cycling at such an exciting time in its history – they have increased their ambition for international success and are backing it up with increased investment on athlete development and high performance. I look forward to helping that effort by tackling a number of challenges USA Cycling has faced through the years, such as securing additional financial resources, clarifying the path to accessing national team programs, creating a best in class athlete selection process, and increasing athlete support." He continued, "I also look forward to working with Jim Miller and his team – they have achieved remarkable success across multiple disciplines in cycling."

    As previously announced, Jim Miller, who has led the United States to 14 cycling medals in the last three Olympic Games, will be transitioning into the role of Vice President of High Performance. He will be responsible for leading athlete development across all disciplines and the ongoing development and execution of USA Cycling's elite high performance program, which is supported by both the U.S. Olympic Committee and the USA Cycling Foundation.

    "I'm thrilled my new role will allow me to put more time and energy into working directly with coaches and athletes to help them perform to the best of their abilities," said Miller. "With Scott on board, I will be able to focus on building a world class high performance team and achieving our very ambitious athletic goals for Tokyo and beyond."


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    Specialized founder Mike Sinyard and Donny Perry, senior manager of retail development, at the grand opening last night

    MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized Bicycle Components has opened a company-owned store in Costa Mesa, California, which the company said it considers "an investment to support the growth of the cycling community in Southern California and to test opportunities and experience learnings first-hand to better support retail partners."

    The store is a full-service retail location, selling both bikes and equipment, with limited inventory and a focus on blending digital and physical retail. Additionally, there is a large focus on custom apparel tailored to a Southern California theme.

    "When we put ourselves in the same position as our retail partners, truly experiencing their day-to-day, we will learn how to innovate to be better partners in marketing, supply chain and operations," said Donny Perry, the senior manager of retail development at Specialized.

    Using the store as a headquarters for Southern California retailers, the store will provide clinics, demos and other training opportunities to nearby retail partners. The company said the goal is to unite the cycling community in Southern California and grow the Specialized brand in the region.

    The company will use the location to test a RFID Inventory management system that teaches how to better manage shrinkage, reduce cycle counts and improve visual merchandising. The store also will have a partnership with The Specialized Foundation, dedicating 10 percent of annual profits to the non-profit.

    To test the impact of delivering more options and value for the rider beyond the purchase, the store will offer riders a 90-Day satisfaction guarantee, allowing riders to return or exchange a product for any reason within 90 days. The store also will offer a service subscription package that the rider can add on at the time of purchase that allows them to bring their bike in for as many services as they would like for a small fee.


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    TORONTO (BRAIN) — Don Watterson, the founder of Curbside Cycle and Fourth Floor Distribution, died of a heart attack on Wednesday. He was 71 years old.

    Watterson launched Curbside in 1991 as a source for city cycling gear in Toronto. The first store was a "semi-legal" tent by the side of the curb, which gave the store its name. From there it moved to an old candy store until it found its home on Bloor Street in the Annex neighborhood. Customers included urban theorist Jane Jacobs, Margaret Atwood, Rachel McAdams, and many more.

    In 2006, store employees started importing European city bikes from Batavus and Pashley and the following year Watterson launched Fourth Floor Distribution, which distributed European city bikes and accessories to retailers coast to coast. The distributor help establish brands including Linus, Pashley, Simcoe, Babboe, Nihola, and Basil in Canada.

    Services will be next week in Toronto. There is more information at cardinalfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/donald-watterson.


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    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Elaine M. Enick, the wife of Specialized executive vice president Bob Margevicius, died Saturday in an accident near their home in this seaside community. She was 62.

    Enick, as well known in the industry as Margevicius, attended hundreds of industry events over the years. She was a much-loved presence, always smiling and eager to visit with her many friends in the industry.

    In a statement released by the family, they noted that Enick was as much a part of Specialized as the company’s employees, and was a familiar, smiling face at domestic and international trade shows and events.

    “Elaine was a cheerful, loving, kind and caring woman who enjoyed life to the fullest,” the statement said. Enick, whose family is from Pittsburgh, frequently traveled with Margevicius on his overseas trips.

    “She was an entrepreneur, options trader and real estate management professional,” the family stated. But her real passion was horses.

    Enick competed internationally as a world-class jumper and was a U.S. national champion in her discipline multiple times. Over the years she and Margevicius visited dozens of countries on vacation and on business. “She traveled around the world many times with Bob,” the family stated.

    Enick was walking along a path near train tracks not far from their Santa Barbara home. She was on her way to meet Margevicius at a nearby gym. She died when a train struck her.

    Mike Sinyard, founder and president of Specialized, was deeply saddened by the news. “Elaine was a lot like Bob. Incredibly high energy, she loved to travel, she loved business, and she was an accomplished equestrian. We will very much miss her,” Sinyard said in an interview.

    “She knew as many dealers as Bob, and they all liked her, and she worked our events as hard and as tirelessly as any employee,” Sinyard added.

    Adam Micklin, president of the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association, said Enick attended almost as many meetings as Margevicius, who has been a key board member for a number of years. “I’m deeply saddened to hear about Elaine, as are the other board members. What an enormous loss for Bob, for their families, and for the industry who knew her so well,” Micklin said.

    “Elaine was always someone who went out of her way to share her warmth, compassion and smile with all of us in the cycling community at the many cycling events she and Bob attended around the world. She will be missed terribly. On behalf of the BPSA, we send our most sincere condolences to Bob and their families,” he said.  

    Services are pending.

     


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    WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Dorel’s Cycling Sports Group has a new training and education arm, Cycling Prophet, which launched Selling Sessions — a new 13-video certificate series and in-person training program focused on techniques to help IBDs connect with riders and close the deal in their shops.

    Selling Sessions in-person training will be offered this fall at CSG’s headquarters in Wilton, Connecticut.

    “Our objective is to arm dealers with the tools they need to succeed in sales and management,” said Nick Hage, general manager, CSG, US. “This video series and in-person class will turn budding managers, sales superstars and veteran managers into sales and coaching leaders.”

    Selling Sessions is a collaboration between Cycling Prophet and Sam Dantzler, an IBD Summit speaker and founder of Garage Peloton.

    “Garage Peloton are experts in management training,” said Jane Pearson, Cycling Prophet’s Global Director of Education. “They have significant experience working with independent motorcycle dealers to build their selling expertise. We’re looking to leverage this expertise to increase profit, retain staff and build loyalty for IBDs.”

    During the two-day class, attendees will receive industry insights, learn training and staffing best practices, and the art and science of expense control to maximize profit. They will also learn proven methods to having a sales mindset and closing the deal.

    Cycling Prophet has also launched the Journeyman Technician video series — 17 service videos to inform and inspire shop mechanics and service technicians about the key technologies behind Cannondale’s products. Upon completion of this series, participants will be awarded a Journeyman Technician certificate.

    For more information on the programs go to www.cyclingprophet.com and http://cyclingsportsgroup.cvent.com/events/csg-selling-sessions.


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