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The Bicycle Product Supplier Association (BPSA) has honored QBP founder and chairman Steve Flagg with its Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at Interbike in Las Vegas. The annual award is given to one person “whose career has greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of the bicycle industry.”
The factors considered in the award selection process included span and scope of career, lives touched through the individual’s work, awards and honors received, and more. For this year’s award, the BPSA’s small group of board members unanimously agreed on honoring Flagg. They said, “In light of all that he has done for this industry and the legacy he is leaving at QBP, we couldn’t think of a more deserving person than Steve.”
Flagg started out in the industry over 40 years ago. After founding Minneapolis’ first bicycle co-op, he and wife Mary Henrickson created QBP to help independent bike dealers acquire hard-to-find parts and resolve technical problems. In 1981, QBP had just seven customers. Under Flagg’s stewardship, the company is now the largest distributor of bicycle parts and accessories in the industry.
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The name “Robin Williams” still makes us smile. This is befitting for a man who loved to make people laugh. But it wasn’t just his singular comedic genius that brought joy to the world, but also his fierce advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities. The lesser-known sides of Robin Williams—the athlete, the bike nerd, the activist—were all tied to his love of cycling. Williams collected bikes, lots of them. Some bikes were custom-made and some were bought spontaneously off the rack.