INDUSTRY OPINIONS: The cycling highs and the lows of 2010

BikeBiz asks the trade for their personal take on the year...
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It’s almost time for a wee dram of whiskey and a spot of Auld Lang Syne. But will we be waving a fond farewell to 2010, or speedily sweeping the year under the carpet?

“For us the highlight of 2010 was another successful season from our professional road team and the launch of our new website.

We're in a highly competitive market especially in the road cycling sector with the growth of the sportive culture. As an independent we focus on quality of service and providing our expertise, and as a manufacturer focus on high quality frames and components. Despite tough economic conditions we are stronger than ever before. And 2010 was very successful as the family-run company moved into its third generation.

We are excited about what the future holds for Condor in 2011 as the response from the range preview at the Cycle Show was incredibly positive.

Our unsung heroes of the year are our team of six mechanics, who work in our workshop carrying out servicing and repairs, and also our team of bike technicians to build new customer bikes. Without them Condor wouldn’t be able to carry out the high level of customer care before and after the sale.”
Grant Young, Managing Director, Condor Cycles

“For me, overall the 2010 race season was overshadowed by major incidents on and off the road. Contador and Lance Armstrong were accused of taking drugs and Mark Renshaw thrown off tour for headbutting.

Outside of racing, Boris launching the hire bikes and Cycling England being abolished stand out. Electric bikes dominating Eurobike and the Post Office losing bikes due to ‘safety’ concerns.

Raleigh giving framesets and product to local schools to increase awareness in cycling technology and design was a highlight for me too.”
Andy Parker, Product Manager, Raleigh

“The obvious highlights for me were the various awards and the success of the fifth Brompton World Championship – an incredible turnout and a great day, despite the weather. Highlights that are not perhaps as obvious include the evolution of our website (we now have a wealth of dealer-focused material online, and the new Environment and Society section is important too) and the very positive reaction to Brompton that I am getting on my current visits to markets where we are thinking of exporting.”
Emerson Roberts, Sales and Marketing Director, Brompton

“CTC’s successful Vote Bike campaign encouraged thousands of cyclists to contact their candidates ahead of the general election, urging them to support pledge support for cycling.

 Meg Hillier MP and Lord Berkeley from All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group joined CTC Director Kevin Mayne and a fleet of past, present and future postie bikes and freight cycles to deliver hundreds of letters urging Royal Mail’s new chief executive Moya Greene to Keep Posties Cycling. Ms Greene has since spoken to APPCG and promised to keep the dialogue with CTC open.

Lowlights in 2010 must include Cycling England getting axed in the ‘bonfire of the quangos’, despite the coalition Government’s stating their support for cycling.”
Roger Geffen, Campaigns and Policy Director, CTC

“Our high points include the all-time record membership of 66,700. It shows a year- on-year growth of eight per cent, and that in includes no freebies. We’ve also seen a 30 per cent increase in bike dealers offering discounts to CTC members and dramatic growth in rider participation in CTC events.”
Nick Fish, Commercial Director, CTC

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