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Shimano bike component sales nearly flat in first quarter

Net sales in the bike division were down 0.9 percent in Q1. OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano’s bike-related sales were down 0.9 percent in the first quarter compared with the same period last year, while operating income in the segment was down 3.2 percent. Recording sales that were almost equal to the first quarter of last year is nothing to crow about: The first quarter of 2016 was devastating for much of the bike industry, and  Shimano’s bike-related sales in Q1 last year were down 20 percent from 2015 .  The company said the European and U.S.

Compass: Camelbak, Fox boost full-year revenues

WESTPORT, CT (BRAIN) — Compass Diversified Holdings, parent of Camelbak and Fox, reported strong growth in sales of both brands during 2012.  “At Fox we posted another strong quarter as business continues to perform at a high level across all markets,” said Compass CEO Alan Offenberg in a fourth-quarter and year-end earnings call Thursday morning.

Preview: 2012 Mountain Bike World Cup #3

This preview is based on an article originally published on?Cyclingnews.com.

The 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series hits?Nove Mesto na Morave in the Czech Republic this weekend after a one-month break since the last round in?Houffalize, Belgium.

Once again, it’ll be skinny-tyred action only, with cross-country and Eliminator racing but no downhill?– you’ll have to wait until next weekend’s World Cup in La Bresse, France for your fix of ‘gravity’ action.

The next two weekends of racing are crucial as?they’re the final opportunities for nations to score valuable ranking points for Olympic qualification (and for riders to meet Olympic standards), so the level of competition will be more intense than ever, with riders fighting for every position.

Nove Mesto is hosting the World Cup for the second time, after last year’s race was chosen by the riders, teams and press as the top cross-country event of 2011. Held in the scenic Vysocina region southeast of Prague, the event is headquartered at the Czech Nordic and Biathlon centre, providing a superb stadium (doubled in size from last year) for fans to watch the start and finish of the racing, and cheer on their countryman, defending men’s champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized).

Eliminator

The action begins today with the eliminator, an exciting short course event that has riders sprint around a course filled with obstacles, with the top two moving on to the next round after each heat. Usually, the eliminator runs heats of four riders at a time but Nove Mesto will run six on the track at once, to make the racing even more exciting.

The course has been totally redesigned from last year and will take place mostly on asphalt, meaning that spectators are likely to see multiple bunch sprint finishes. Britain’s Annie Last (Milka Brentjens) and American Brian Lopes (Ibis) won the first round in Houffalize last month, but the tight racing and crashes mean that they’re by no means assured of repeating.

Cross-country

The cross-country circuit is similar to last year, with long climbs through the surrounding forest requiring tremendous fitness, plus technical descents demanding concentration and skill to do well. However, organisers have lengthened the course to 4.46km with the addition of a BMX-style technical section at the far end. This will require both speed and technical skill?–?a rider could easily open a gap here, or drop out of contention with a mistake.

On Sunday, it’s expected that the elite men will do six laps (plus a start loop) and the elite women one lap less. Currently, it’s sunny and in the low 20?Cs. However, a cold front is moving in for the weekend, with frost expected tomorrow night, and it could be as low as single digits for the start of the women’s race.

World champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna) leads the women’s World Cup standings after her dominating performance in Houffalize, but she’s tied on points with Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkowice) at 410. The 2011 World Cup champion, Julie Bresset (BH-SR Suntour-Peisey Vallandry), sits in third place with 340 points, just 20 ahead of Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek). Pendrel and Bresset finished one-two in Nove Mesto last year, so expect them both to be contenders, along with Wloszczowska. One other rider who’s sure to be in the mix is Pendrel’s teammate Katerina Nash, a local rider who began her international sports career here as a Nordic skier.

For the men, it should be an exciting battle between defending champion and local hero Kulhavy, current World Cup leader Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) and round two winner Julien Absalon (Orbea). Kulhavy dominated the World Cup last year, including his home win in Nove Mesto, however, this year he’s been building his fitness slower and is currently ranked seventh. This trio finished one-two-three last year, and it’ll be interesting to see if the influx of 20,000 local fans will inspire Kulhavy to new levels and a repeat win.



Fox, Camelbak sales grow over first quarter

WATSONVILLE, CA (BRAIN)—Fox’s sales were $45.7 million over the first quarter, up 6.5 percent from $42.9 million over the same quarter last year. Camelbak sales hit $40.2 million in first quarter, up 23 percent from $32.6 million last year, according to Compass Diversified Holdings, which purchased Camelbak in August of last year, and has owned Fox since January 2008.