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- Good State Championships Eve, Cyclocrossers-
A few reminders:
You will need to fill out new release & get new numbers tomorrow. If you have access to a printer & computer, you could save yourself some time (and some cold fingers) by filling out & printing your release at home tonight! (I know it says 2014- it seems USAC has already updated their online forms. Don't worry about the date on it).
The course opens at 8AM for warm up and Registration also opens at 8AM (I'm hoping reg will be ready to go a little before 8 in case you're an early riser and feel like spending some quality time outdoors in the brisk, December weather).
Race day registration is $35. $10 for Juniors.
If you are racing on a one day license, that's $10 and you must race either Cat 5 (Men), Cat 4 (Women) or the appropriate Junior or Master category. Additional races are $15.
If you have any last minute questions, email me (it's faster than PM on the forum).
Hope to see all your smiling faces in the morning... cold or not, it's going to be an AWEsome day!
- Trying to think of all the places to ride in the area and didn't know if I was forgetting any
Indian Camp Creek
Veteran forced to change bike shop’s name after threat from Specialized — Calgary Herald
A Canadian veteran of the Afghanistan war who operates a tiny bicycle shop in Cochrane is being forced to change his store’s name after being threatened with a lawsuit by one of the giants of the U.S. bike industry.
Dan Richter, owner of Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio, located above the famous Mackay’s Ice Cream in Cochrane, says he received a letter from the lawyers of big bicycle maker Specialized several months ago, demanding he change the store’s name because the company owns the trademark on the word Roubaix, which they use to market a brand of road bike.
Richter, however, says he didn’t name his store after the company’s bike, rather after a region in France that hosts one of the most famous bike races in the world, the gruelling 117-year-old Paris-Roubaix. Because the name is an icon of bike culture, and graces hundreds of other products from bike tires to a brand of cycling tights sold by MEC (and even other road bikes), Richter says he has a good case to keep the store name, but is capitulating because he can’t afford a legal fight in court.
“It’s been frustrating,” Richter told me. “The response throughout this process (from Specialized) has been arrogant and almost unbelievably dismissive.
“We didn’t want to go public . . . but they’ve made it clear on no uncertain terms, they are going to sue.”
Larry Koury, managing director of Specialized Canada Inc., said the company is simply defending its legally owned trademark.
“A simple trademark search would have prevented this,” Koury wrote in an email, along with a reference to the federal government’s trademark database showing Specialized’s registration of the word Roubaix. “We are required to defend or lose our trademark registration.”
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