Triathlon Business International (TBI), the industry organization dedicated to promoting the sport and the business of triathlon, and leading tri website Slowtwitch.com have 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% on suppliers’ votes (run, bike, component/accessory, wetsuit and apparel manufacturers and/or distributors) and 50% 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 25 January at the Marina del Rey Marriott in Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, California.
Top 50 Multisport Retailers for 2015 (alphabetical order):
|· 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|
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 honoured 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 honoured at the TBI Awards Celebration and Banquet on 25 January – along with the best published triathlon article, best triathlon photograph, best events and videos, and the Ron Smith and Steve Hed Award winners.
Triathlon Business International (TBI) is an industry organization dedicated to promoting the sport and the business of triathlon. Founded by a coalition of industry leaders, TBI advocates for the interests of triathlon businesses, provides educational and informative programs, and encourages increased participation in the sport.