Press Release: April 13, 2009

Contact: Tracey Bradnan
Cartwheel Communications
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For Immediate Release
April 13, 2009

The League of American Bicyclists Announces 2008 Shops of the Year

Century Cycles is among just eight stores honored nationwide

Washington, DC - April 13, 2009 - The League of American Bicyclists is proud to announce Century Cycles as a 2008 Shop of the Year, as determined by the League's members.

The League's Shops of the Year award recognizes only eight outstanding shops in the U.S. for their commitment to customer service and dedication to encouraging cycling. Andy Clarke, President of the League, said, "The League is delighted to recognize Century Cycles as a 2008 Shop of the Year for their efforts to promote cycling in their community. In addition to their outstanding customer service, Century Cycles is involved in advocacy, education and encouragement activities that have an impact well beyond their shop's walls."

In 2008, Century Cycles was also named a Top 100 Bicycle Retailer in the U.S., its seventh straight year being honored by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, the trade publication for the bicycle industry. The local bike chain, which just celebrated its 17th anniversary, was also recently ranked in the top 10 among 1,200 Raleigh dealers in the United States.

"All of us at Century Cycles are honored to be recognized by such an esteemed group of cyclists," said Scott Cowan, owner and founder of Century Cycles. "We'll keep striving to provide world-class customer service to our customers and and will continue to bring bicycling to as many people as possible."

2008 Shops of the Year

Region 1. Belmont Wheelworks. Belmont, Massachusetts

Region 2. Genesis Bicycles. Easton, Pennsylvania

Region 3. Revolution Cycles. Arlington, Virginia

Region 4. Century Cycles. Medina/Peninsula/Rocky River, Ohio
HubBub Custom Bicycles. Cleveland, Ohio
American Cycle & Fitness. Commerce Twp., Michigan

Region 5. Bicycle Sport Shop. Austin, Texas

Region 6. Bike Gallery. Portland, Oregon

The League determined the 2008 Shops of the Year winners in a recent membership survey. The League's members were asked what their favorite bike shops were and why. The shops with the most mentions in each region won. Typically, six awards are given - one per region. However, 2008 proved to be a great year for bicycling. Two additional shops were recognized in Region 4 where there was a three-way tie.

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The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit



Century Cycles is an award-winning chain of independent bicycle stores in Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River, providing high-quality bicycles and friendly, expert service to northeast Ohio bicyclists and their families. Century Cycles is an authorized dealer of Raleigh, Giant, Diamondback, Electra, Surly, Masi, Bianchi, DK, and Haro bicycles, as well as Santana tandems. The Peninsula store also rents bicycles year-round for use on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Define your life. Ride a bike.TM





1079 North Court Street, Medina, OH 44256; 330-722-7119

1621 Main Street (Route 303), Peninsula, OH 44264; 330-657-2209

19955 Detroit Road, Rocky River, OH 44116; 440-356-5705