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Industry News Archive for dates of Tuesday, March 14, 2017 thru Monday, March 27, 2017
  • Precision Hydration works up a sweat with ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 03/27/2017  triathlonbusiness.com - As part of a newly confirmed sponsorship deal, specialist hydration and nutrition firm Precision Hydration will provide end-to-end personalised hydration solution to athletes racing ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series events in 2017.
  • Bike rental provider Blazing Saddles partners with Spinlister Pro 03/27/2017  bicycleretailer.com - Spinlister, which began as an online peer-to-peer bike rental platform has signed a long-term agreement with Blazing Saddles, which has 11 rental locations in San Francisco and New York City, with more than 2,000 bikes to rent across its locations.
  • Susanne Puello leaves Accell’s Winora Group, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ 03/27/2017  bicycleretailer.com - Susanne Puello, a long-time managing director of the Winora Group, is leaving the company, citing "Irreconcilable differences regarding the new reorganization activities ('refined strategy') of the Dutch Accell Group."
  • Brazilian cycling team faces 2nd ban for persistent doping 03/27/2017  thenewstribune.com - Brazilian team Soul Brasil Pro Cycling faces another ban from racing after two more riders were implicated in doping. The team will be judged by the ITU disciplinary panel which can impose bans of up to one year.
  • Rapha plans weekend ride events in 20 cities 03/23/2017  bicycleretailer.com - Rapha is planning a traveling series of weekend rides and events in 20 cities this year, starting in May in Boulder, Colorado.
  • The Next Runner To Win The World Marathon Majors Will Make A Lot Less Money 03/23/2017  flotrack.or - The World Marathon Majors announced a huge change in its prize money, and it basically amounts to cutting pay for runners by 35 percent, increasing pay for wheelchair athletes by 30 percent, giving 25 percent of the money it was spending on prizes to charity.
  • POC extends sponsorship of Ibis enduro team 03/22/2017  bicycleretailer.com - POC is continuing its sponsorship of the Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team for the 2017 season. This year team riders will use POC's Tectal Race and Coron helmets, Crave sunglasses and Cornea goggles, VPD knee and elbow pads and the new Resistance Pro Enduro jerseys and shorts.
  • New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat planned for 33 cities this year 03/22/2017  bicycleretailer.com - New Belgium Brewing's "Fat Tire presents the Tour de Fat" is back for its 18th season and will include events in 33 cities this year. The events center around beer, music, and bikes and kick off May 20 in Asheville, N.C. and wrap up Oct. 7 in Tempe, Arizona.
  • Trail Runners Join the Fight for Public Lands 03/21/2017  outsideonline.com - A new initiative called Run Wild wants to give runners a platform to make their voices heard.
  • National Bicycle Insurance Agency Signs Sea Otter Classic Cycling Festival Sponsorship 03/21/2017  finance.yahoo.com - Velosurance, a national bicycle-specific insurance agency, has partnered with Markel Personal Lines insurance and signed a three-year contract to sponsor the Sea Otter Classic Cycling Festival, held in April each year in Monterey, California.
  • SRAM hires Sara Jarrell as new women’s program coordinator 03/21/2017  bicycleretailer.com - Sara Jarrell has been appointed SRAM's women's program coordinator. The new position will focus on educating women and developing complementary excitement around SRAM, RockShox and Zipp products.
  • USA Cycling announces American Road Calendar 03/21/2017  velonews.com - Twelve races have been designated as part of a new American Road Calendar, USA Cycling announced. The purpose of the American Road Calendar is to provide strong domestic road events with the opportunity to achieve UCI recognition.
  • Why Adidas Is Taking Legal Action Against Asics 03/21/2017  footwearnews.com - Adidas filed a patent-infringement suit against Asics America Inc. and its technology partner, FitnessKeepers Inc. Asics purchased FitnessKeepers in early 2016 to bolster its digital capabilities. As part of the deal, the company acquired FitnessKeeper’s popular RunKeepers app, now used by more than 45 million people.
  • Nike shares slip as revenue falls shy of estimates 03/21/2017  cnbc.com - Nike reported earnings of 68 cents per share for the fiscal third quarter on total sales of $8.43 billion. Analysts were expecting Nike to report earnings of 53 cents on revenue of $8.47 billion.
  • Fleet Feet’s Jeff Phillips Exits 03/20/2017  sgbonline.com - Jeff Phillips has stepped down as president and CEO of Fleet Feet Sports. In a statement, Joey Pointer, CFO of Fleet Feet Sports, said he will be partnering with the Fleet Feet Sports board of directors “to lead the company through this change.”
  • Squeezy is new nutrition partner of DATEV Challenge Roth 03/20/2017  triathlonbusiness.com - Starting this year, Germany’s Squeezy Sports Nutrition will provide the participants of DATEV Challenge Roth with nutrition products, having inked a three-year deal to become the iconic event’s official nutrition partner.
  • Kennerly Looks To Jump Start Palm Beaches Marathon 03/20/2017  runnersweb.com - Kenneth Kennerly, who last year formed the event and consulting firm K2 Sports Ventures which acquired ownership of the former Eau Palm Beach Marathon & Run Fest from the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, is deep into plans to revive the traditional event December 1-3, 2017.
  • Strongbars Nutrition’s Pure Strength Named Official Protein Bar of the 2017 Obstacle Course Racing World Championships 03/20/2017  ocrworldchampionships.com - As part of the partnership, Strongbars Pure Strength protein bars will be featured at the 2017 OCR World Championships, including at course aide stations and the finish-line.
  • Murray wins Super League overall 03/19/2017  slowtwitch.com - After Day 1 and Day 2 wins, Richard Murray took third place in the Day 3 Eliminator format and thus captured the $100,000 check for the overall title at the Super League Triathlon at Hamilton Island, Australia.
  • Lazer Sport NV appoints Jo McAlee as sales director 03/17/2017  bicycleretailer.com - Lazer Sport has appointed Jo McAleer as sales director for Lazer Sport NV. She started March 15 and will represent Lazer at next week's Taipei Cycle Show, along with Sean van Waes, Lazer Sport NV's CEO.
  • Assos sponsors Rebecca Rusch 03/17/2017  bicycleretailer.com - Assos of Switzerland is now sponsoring mountain biker Rebecca Rusch as a brand ambassador and sponsored rider who will participate in product development.
  • Former Team Sky rider says he injected vitamins, broke cycling rules 03/16/2017  reuters.com - Former Team Sky rider Josh Edmondson has said that he broke cycling's no-needle policy to inject himself secretly with vitamins. Edmondson, who rode for Team Sky in 2013 and 2014, told the BBC in an interview it was the pressure to be selected for the 2014 Tour of Spain that led him to break the rules.
  • Polartec And Oiselle Take On The Speed Project 03/16/2017  sgbonline.com - Polartec and Oiselle, a women’s running apparel company, joined forces to field the first female team to take on the 340-mile Speed Project relay race. Polartec and Oiselle saw an opportunity to make history on the course, since no all-women’s team had ever toed the line. It was time to change that, and do it with speed. Team Bird Strike was determined to be the first to arrive in Las Vegas.
  • Polartec And Oiselle Take On The Speed Project 03/16/2017  - Polartec and Oiselle, a women’s running apparel company, joined forces to field the first female team to take on the 340-mile Speed Project relay race. sgbonline.com - The Speed Project is an unsanctioned, sans rule book ultra-relay race. It starts at Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles and ends 344 miles later at the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign on the strip.
  • Nathan Signed Ultra Runner Hayden Hawks 03/16/2017  sgbonline.com - Nathan signed rising star ultra runner, Hayden Hawks. At just 25 years old, Hayden is the youngest member of the Nathan pro team and will use Nathan hydration, visibility, and performance gear for both training and competition.
  • Park Tool announces 2017 team and athlete sponsorships 03/16/2017  bicycleretailer.com - Park Tool's 2017 team sponsorships include three World Tour teams, four Continental Pro teams, six women's pro road teams and a variety of other mountain bike, multisport, and cyclocross teams and athletes. This year's World Tour sponsorships are Team Sunweb, BMC Racing Team and Team Katusha-Alpecin.
  • Apple applies for patent to calculate cyclists’ power from wind resistance and other factors 03/16/2017  bicycleretailer.com - Apple Inc. has applied for a patent that would allow for an indirect measurement of a cyclist's power output, by calculating wind resistance, road surface smoothness, rider position, heart rate and accelleration.
  • Ana Paula Nogueira becomes head of Dorel’s Latin American bike biz 03/16/2017  bikebiz.com - Ana Paula Nogueira has been promoted to the role of senior business manager for Dorel's bicycle business across Latin America. She will continue to be based in São Paulo, Brazil and focus on leading the distributor business for the region.
  • Hodge Named VP Of Operations; Rice Named VP Of Special Projects 03/16/2017  usacycling.org - USA Cycling announced that Chuck Hodge, currently USA Cycling’s Technical Director, will assume the newly created role of VP of Operations. At the same time, Micah Rice, who is VP of National Events, will assume another newly created role, VP of Special Projects.
  • Compass sells remaining Fox Factory shares as secondary public offering closes 03/15/2017  cyclingindustry.news - Fox has announced the closure of its previously announced secondary public offering of 5,108,718 shares of the company’s common stock by Compass Group Diversified Holdings LLC, at a price of $26.65 per share. Compass received all of the proceeds from the offering and no longer owns any shares of the company’s common stock. No shares were sold by the company.
  • Rapha Kicks Off Monuments Cycling Fan Challenge 03/15/2017  sgbonline.com - To celebrate the start of the Monuments, a series of one-day bike races, performance cycling clothing company Rapha is challenging cycling fans to predict the winning time of each of the races: Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Giro di Lombardia. Prizes - cycling holidays, Rapha Cycling Club kits, Rapha vouchers and more - will be given away after each race.
  • Bloomberg Launches Competitive Square Mile Relay in San Francisco 03/15/2017  prnewswire.com - Bloomberg announced that it is bringing the globally renowned Bloomberg Square Mile Relay to San Francisco on August 3, 2017. Last year, more than 5,500 runners from 430 companies took part in the corporate relay that now takes place in eight major cities around the world.
  • The Super League Triathlon Is Awesome in Theory—but Will It Work? 03/15/2017  triathlete.com - Ironman world champ Chris McCormack announced in early February that he and some friends had created a series of TV-friendly sprint events called the Super League Triathlon. There’s a lot riding on the success of the first event, kicking off this weekend on Australia’s Hamilton Island. Will they pull it off successfully? Kelly O’Mara has the inside scoop on what to expect.
  • Mountain Bike Hall of Fame opens nomination period 03/15/2017  bicycleretailer.com - Nominations for induction to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame are being accepted through April 15. Each year, three to seven individuals or groups are inducted
  • Under Armour confirms Clay Dean as Chief Innovation Officer 03/15/2017  triathlonbusiness.com - Under Armour has announced that Clay Dean has joined the Company as Chief Innovation Officer. Dean joins Under Armour after more than 20 years at General Motors (GM), most recently leading GM’s Global Advanced Design organization.
  • Adidas Sets Ambitious North America Growth Goals 03/14/2017  sgbonline.com - During its new CEO’s Kasper Rorsted first analyst day, Adidas AG set a goal to expand sales in North America by 47 percent by 2020. Officials set a goal of reaching €5 billion ($5.32 billion) in sales in North America in 2020, up from €3.41 billion in sales in 2016. Global sales were €25 billion to €27 billion for the same period, up from €19.3 billion last year.
  • Colorado shop featured in BRAIN’s Retail Remodel Project to close 03/14/2017  bicycleretailer.com - Bike-n-Hike, a Trek dealer in this Front Range city, will close its doors after 44 years in business. Current owners Rick and Jill Emerson bought the shop in 2007 from its second owner, Dave Swenson.
  • Scant Evidence Disc Rotors Injure Pros 03/14/2017  slowtwitch.com - In a statement released on Friday, the World Federation of the Sporting Good Industry (WFSGI) pushed back on accusations that disc brakes were responsible for injuries in pro road cycling.

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