Wherever you walk at Interbike, you'll hear Phil Liggett's world famous voice. The man's here in person - there are massive queues for his autographs - but it seems every other road-related booth has Tour footage, with commentary by you-know-who. PLUS: BikeBiz.com has two Phil Liggett signed Tour DVD sets to give away, click to find out more

Phil Liggett presented with Lifetime Achievement award at BRAINy Awards

Phil Liggett is a superstar in America, mobbed when he signs autographs on the booths paying for him to be here at the show.

On Sunday night he was MCing the Bicycle Industry Awards Celebration, organised by Bicycle Retailer magazine, and was given a surprise Lifetime Achievement awards at the posh dinner which honoured industry members in a variety of categories.

Proceeds from the $100-a-plate awards do went to the 2004 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C.

The other results were:

Best trade ad campaign: Todson

Best consumer ad campaign: Cervelo

Best island exhibit: Crank Bros

Best linear exhibit: Nalgene

Component/accessory (bike): Shimano PD-7750 SPD Sl pedals

Component/accessory manufacturer (body): Trek Interval Sport Helmet

Component/accessory manufacturer (garage): Ultimate Pro bicycle Repair stand

Individual advocate of the year: Joe Breeze, Breezer Bikes

Retailer advocate of the year: Jay Graves, The Bike Gallery, Portland, OR

Supplier advocate of the year: Kona See text below

Favourite bike brand: Serotta Ottrott

Best 2004 Product of the Show/Demo: Mavic

Industry woman of the year: tie between Lisa Robinson, Sportworks, and Matha Roskowski, America Bikes

Industry man of the year: Skip Hess, Giant Bicycles

Lifetime achievement: Phil Liggett

Retailer of the year, single location: Liberty Bicycles, Ashevill, NC

Retailer of the year, multi-location: Wheel & Sprocket, Hales Corner, WI

Female athlete of the year: Marla Streb

Male athlete of the year:Tyler Hamilton


Following last year’s Interbike, BikeBiz.com raffled a Trek jersey signed by Lance Armstrong. This year we’ve got some DVDs to give away. The DVDs are of the – now legendary – 2003 Tour de France and feature commentary from Phil Liggett. Produced by Tim Grady’s World Cycling Productions of the US, the DVDs will be distributed in the UK by IPC, publisher of Cycling Weekly/Cycle Sport.

There’s a four-hour DVD and a mammoth 12-hour DVD giftset. Both packs were signed at Interbike by Phil Liggett.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these DVD giftsets, answer the following question:

Which rider in the 2003 Tour de France came to a sticky end, leading to Lance Armstrong taking a cyclo-cross type detour into a wheat field?

Send your answer – on or before 20th November – to liggettcomp@transfer.bikebiz.com


Kona won the BRAINy "Supplier Advocate of the

Year" for 2003 during the Interbike show. Receiving this award provided

vindication to our company after the attacks that we were not supporting

Bikes Belong. It shows that work in the trenches is more effective than

slinging mud. Congratulations to our advocacy director Mark Peterson and

the entire Kona crew for helping to support the sport that supports us.

A story accompanying this photograph of Bikes Belong director Mike

Greehan presenting the award to Mark will be on KonaWorld website later

this week. Here also is the nomination for the 2003 award. =================================================In its 16 years, the Kona Bicycle

Company has been a pioneer in

identifying new trends in cycling and developing innovative performance

bikes to meet the unique demands of those emerging styles. In the same

pioneering spirit, Kona has always recognized the important and

difficult work that advocacy organizations undertake and has developed

many of their own unique programs to provide financial and in-kind

support to visionary advocates. Since Kona’s inception, they have contributed close to $200,000 to

national and local organizations dedicated to preserving road and trail

access for cyclists. In terms of percentage of sales, Kona has dedicated

more resources to advocacy than any other company in the industry. This

dedication has led to strong relationships with the IBDs, advocacy

organizations and Kona employees. Support of advocacy is big part of

Kona’s long, colorful history and an important part of their future. Kona’s full-time National Advocacy Director Creation and funding of position responsible for managing relationships

with local and national advocacy organizations as well as tracking hot

spot problem areas in which Kona can lend a hand to help groups achieve

their goals, such as: Donating money and resources to NEMBA’s Land Preservation Fund to set

aside some of New England’s best mountain biking terrain. Bellingham/Whatcom County’s 3-time ranking as a top ten place to ride in

the nation is directly related to the successful local involvement

allowed by the position. Approaching the city of Bellingham, WA about developing a municipal dirt

jump park. The idea was approved by the City council, but there were no

funds available to complete the project. Kona saw the need for a funding

source for such progressive ideas, which led to… New Kona Clump grant program…Recognizing the need for a dedicated

funding source for the leading edge of cycling, Kona, in cooperation

with IMBA, has established the Kona Clump grant program. The program

will providing funding for groups and projects for Downhill, Dirt Jump

and Out-of-Bounds trail construction. Kona – IMBA Buck a Bowl Fun Raiser

The annual InterBike event has raised more than $45,000 for IMBA’s

operating expenses. Additionally, Kona picks up the cost of all lanes

and shoe rental, to the tune of $3,250 a year. Kona Bear Bell Program

A year ago, mountain bike riders in the Santa Barbara area were in

danger of having their local trails closed to bikes because of user

conflicts: other trail users were being spooked by the sudden appearance

of downhill riders. Kona’s Southern California sales rep came up with

the Kona Bear Bell. The bells, which are about ¼ the size of a regular

cow bell and strapped to the handlebars, were an instant success. Within

two weeks of distributing the first bells the SBMBTV started hearing

positive reviews from local hikers, horse riders and National Forest

staff. So, Kona started selling the bells to shops Helping to keep

trails open. IMBA Bro Deal program

Initiated in 1999, the Bro Deal Program was the first of its kind to

require industry members, dealers and dealer employees be IMBA members

before they qualify for a Kona Bro Deal. The program has led to more

than 350 new IMBA members a year. By increasing IMBA membership, the

program has also increased awareness among key industry representatives

of IMBA’s goals and activities. “Buck A Bike” – A pioneering Kona program for Kona dealers in which they

collected $1 for every Kona sold, and Kona matched those funds. Kona

dealers selected the organizations who received the funds. More than

$30,000 was disbursed to IMBA, Rails to Trails, NORBA and a wide variety

of regional organizations around the USA. The program started many

productive relationships between IBDs and their local advocacy

organizations. Kona Collegiate Scholarship – The first and only program of its kind,

the Collegiate Scholarship provided cash and equipment to the collegiate

cyclists that best qualified. Qualifications included participation in

advocacy, race results, grades and financial need. Applicants had to be

IMBA members. Cyclo-Cross Team – Want to race on the Kona-Kenwood professional

cyclo-cross team, featuring U.S. national champion Ann Grande? Then you

better get your work gloves and check book warmed up, because advocacy

activities are a requirement for racing on the team.

Staff member involvement – Mark Peterson, President of WHIMPs, Member of

Bellingham Parks and Rec advisory committee. Kelly Steelman (Warriors)

Bear Bell Program, Woody Keen-Now on IMBA Board-Long time trail builder

and advocate, James Smith now working with Back Country Trails Coalition

(Seattle), PUMP-Portland Urban Mountain Pedalers.

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