Below is a list of the top 50 retailers in the United States who, during 2012, most expertly serviced the sport of triathlon with retail goods, according to their vendors. The suppliers — manufacturers and in some cases their distributors — represented 85 percent of the voting weight. The suppliers who voted included virtually every bicycle manufacturer important in triathlon. In all, 10 of the top 11 companies in the most recent Kona Bike Survey returned ballots, as did 5 leading wheel companies, 4 out of the 5 leading saddle companies, virtually every important wetsuit manufacturer, as well as companies in every other relevant sector: nutritionals, electronics, handlebars, components, accessories and footwear.
OAK PARK, IL (BRAIN) — Chicago triathlon specialty retailer Element Multisport is looking to serve a broader customer base with its new store, Element Cyclesport, in Oak Park, Illinois.
Owner Chris Vassiliades, a triathlete who has competed in Olympic-distance and full Ironman events, grew up in Oak Park and hopes to make Element Cyclesport the go-to bike shop not only for road, mountain and tri enthusiasts, but casual riders, commuters and families. “It’s one of those things where we’ll figure out what the neighborhood needs,” said Vassiliades, who was motivated to expand into his old neighborhood after a bike dealer closed a few months ago following 20 years in business in Oak Park.