MPs back Get Britain Cycling, new CEO at Wiggle, pics from Eurobike, a video from Tweedlove and more

BikeBiz top stories of the week, September 6th 2013

Third biggest business deal in history was done from a bicycle
It seems we can hardly get through a month without using the ‘g’ word and this story of how the huge Vodafone and Verizon deal was sealed was proof positive that even the largest of grand fromages are clinching deals while in the saddle rather than on the green.

After 4 hours debate 100 British MPs agree to get Britain cycling
Have we got the most ‘pro cycling government ever’, as Norman Baker claimed on Monday? Many of the 100 gathered MPs were highly sceptical, but they did all manage to agree that more needs to be done to get Britain cycling. Will actions follow the positive words? Watch this space. 

Humphrey Cobbold leaves Wiggle CEO role
Stefan Barden has stepped into the Wiggle CEO shoes following the departure of Cobbold, who leaves after seeing the retail goliath grow sales from around £33m to over £140m.

Eurobike 2013 gallery now online
It’s folly trying to see everything that global trade show Eurobike has to offer, unless you’ve a platoon of staff and a time machine handy. Here are the things BikeBiz did manage to see at the Friedrichshafen event.

MTB pioneer Joe Breeze seeks UK distribution for Breezer line
Sticking with Eurobike, the legendary Joe Breeze revealed he has the UK in his sights for his Breezer range…and he’s looking for the right distribution partner to make that happen.

Other highlights you might have missed include the rise in women cycling numbers in the USA, this article on a bike thief caught with a bit of help from a bike registration scheme and the launch of a new cycle magazine.

Just one video for you this week, but it is perfectly formed: Tweedlove is now in its fourth year and will be hosting the first ever UK round of the Enduro World Series next summer. Here’s a promo video for the Festival.

Finally, don’t forget the BikeBiz Awards are almost upon us and you can get your ticket online at

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