Lake Forest, Calif. - April 2005 -GT awarded its international distributors at its annual International Distributors' sales meeting this week for outstanding performances supporting the GT brand."We had one of the best ID meetings in GT history this past week, a reflection of an outstanding year thus far," said Pete Garski, director of GT's international sales. "Our 2005 model year international sales are up more than 37% over the 2004 model year."
Award winners at the GT meeting include:
Hot Wheels, UK - International Distributor of the Year and Best Press Award
The Bicycle Authority, Australia - Best Marketing Award and Most Outstanding BMX International Distributor
W.H. Worrall & Co., New Zealand - Best Product Feedback Award
Biciclass, Mexico - Most Improved International Distributor
Distributor of the Year is presented to the distributor who has demonstrated sales growth along with success in developing GT's position as a market-leading brand in their domestic market. "Since our inaugural year as a GT distributor, we've seen sales growth in excess of 50% in each subsequent year," said Neil Merry of Hot Wheels. "Having seen the bikes/designs and developments that are planned, we are confident of a bright future for our company and the GT brand." Stephen Robinson of The Bicycle Authority agrees. "GT is moving forward with great leaps and bounds," he said. "I see vast improvements every year and they're going well beyond my expectations with great momentum. The product is amazing, spec, color and graphics are all dialed and 2006 is going to be an amazing model year.""Getting good test reports and coverage for the GT brand is made easier by the fact that magazine editors want to test bikes that are innovative and the 2005 GT bikes have that innovation and have received very favorable test reports," said Russell Merry of Hot Wheels. "GT's product managers have struck the balance between listening to market needs and trying to lead the market just right. The result is great bikes consumers will want to ride and dealers will be able to sell.""Our International Distributors are an integral part of our GT global brand building efforts," said Garski. "They are crucial to our business success and we're fortunate to have such strong partners." GT Bicycles sells bikes internationally and domestically exclusively through independent bike shops and sports specialty stores. A market leader in BMX and Mountain Bikes, GT continues to lead the way in innovative high performance cycling products for people of all ages. The GT Bicycles race team has always been at the forefront of racing. Visit www.gtbicycles.com for more information.
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