Industry News 1/19/2016

B$Z: Top 50 Multisport Retailers Announced by Slowtwitch.com & TBI

Triathlon Business International (TBI), an industry organization dedicated to promoting the sport and the business of triathlon, and  Slowtwitch.com today announced the Top 50 Multisport Retailers in the United States. 

The Top 50 Retailer list was compiled by Slowtwitch.com publisher Dan Empfield through a voting process that is weighted 50 percent on suppliers' votes (run, bike, component/accessory, wetsuit and apparel manufacturers and/or distributors) and 50 percent on consumer votes, specifically the Slowtwitch.com readers. To be considered, the retailer must have a brick and mortar presence. The Top 10 Retailers will be announced at the 2016 North American TBI Industry Conference on January 25 at the Marina del Rey Marriott in Marina del Rey, California.

These are the Top 50 Multisport Retailers for 2015 (alphabetical order):

  • All3Sports

Atlanta

GA

  • Athletes Lounge

Portland

OR

  • Austin Tri Cyclist

Austin

TX

  • Belmont Wheelworks

Belmont

MA

  • Bicycle World and Fitness

Houston

TX

  • Big Shark Bicycle Company

St. Louis

MO

  • Bikeworks

Kailua Kona

HI

  • Bonzai Sports

Falls Church

VA

  • Colorado Multisport

Boulder

CO

  • Element Cyclesport

Chicago

IL

  • Elite Cycling

Leawood

KS

  • Endurance House

Middleton

WI

  • Endurance House

Zionsville

IN

  • Endurance House

Oceanside

CA

  • Endurance House

Westminster

CO

  • Fast Splits

Newton

MA

  • Final Kick Sports

Virginia Beach

VA

  • Fit Werx

Waitsfield

VT

  • Fit Werx 2

Peabody

MA

  • Fitness Fanatics

Spokane

WA

  • Fraser Bicycle

Fraser

MI

  • Fusion Pro Bike Shop

Miami

FL

  • Gear West Bike and Triathlon

Long Lake

MN

  • Get a Grip Cycles

Chicago

IL

  • HP Bike Works

Kona

HI

  • Inside Out Sports

Cary

NC

  • Inside Out Sports

Charlotte

NC

  • Island Triathlon and Bike

Honolulu

HI

  • Landry's Bicycles

Boston

MA

  • Moment Cycle Sport

San Diego

CA

  • Northwest Tri and Bike

Kent

WA

  • Now Bicycle

Arden Hills

MN

  • Nytro Multisport

Encinitas

CA

  • Outspokin Bicycles

Clearwater

FL

  • Play Tri

Dallas

TX

  • Podium Multisport

Atlanta

GA

  • R&A Cycles

Brooklyn

NY

  • Richardson Bike Mart

Richardson

TX

  • Runners High 'n Tri

Arlington Heights

IL

  • Running Away Multisport

Deerfield

IL

  • Speedy Reedy

Kenmore

WA

  • Sunrise Tri

West Babylon

NY

  • Swim Bike Run

Town and Country

MO

  • The Tri Shop

Canton

MI

  • Tri Town

Boise

ID

  • Triathlon Lab

Redondo Beach

CA

  • Tribe Multisport

Scottsdale

AZ

  • TriBella

Boulder

CO

  • TriSports.com

Tucson

AZ

  • V3Multisport

Arlington

MA

Ballots with approximately 300 retailer names divided among nine geographic areas -- West; Rockies; Prairie; Northwest; Northeast; Mid-south; Mid-Atlantic; Great Lakes; and the Deep South - were distributed to 75 suppliers. These suppliers were allowed to select 3 to 6 retailers per region depending on the size of the region, up to 47 retailers in total. 

Criteria that supplier voters were asked to consider included: technical and brand knowledge; significant triathlon-related in-store inventory; service to the local community; knowledge of the sport of triathlon; ability to work with and satisfy their customers when it comes to product match, size, fit and equipment set-up; and other value-added customer extras such as sponsorship of races; training rides; workshops and guest speakers.

Slowtwitch's readers voted for retailers based on nine parameters, from inventory breadth and depth, to staff product knowledge, to parking and hours.

"Triathlon Business International has been honored to partner with Slowtwitch.com the past six years to present the Top 10 and Top 50 Triathlon Retailers." said TBI board secretary Peter Hurley when the list was announced. "We think it's important to recognize the best shops throughout the United States, ones who have done a great job offering the top products, technical expertise and professional services to their triathlete customers."

From this list of 50, the Top 10 multisport retailers will be announced and honored at the TBI Awards Celebration and Banquet on January 25 along with the best published triathlon article, best triathlon photograph, best events and videos, and the Ron Smith and Steve Hed Award winners.

Sponsors of the 2016 TBI Conference include  The ACTIVE NetworkHeadsweats,  Endurance SportswireBicycle Retailer and Industry News (BRAIN), Quintana Roo, Bonk BreakerEndurance Films and Xterra Wetsuits. TBI Corporate Partners are Ashworth Awards and FinisherPix.

Companies interested in conference sponsorship or Expo space should contact Shannon Standefer.

Conference details, including schedule and list of attendees, and online registration are available at http://www.triathlonbusinessintl.com/2016-la-conference.html.