Dirk Sorenson, Executive Director, Industry Analyst in The NPD Group’s Sports practice, covers the bicycle, outdoor, and team sports equipment categories. Dirk travels extensively to provide insight on the U.S. sports landscape to the cycling and outdoor equipment manufacturing and retail communities. Dirk’s knowledge of data-bound product management strategies is sought after by top global manufacturers.
He has been a speaker at industry tradeshows including Outdoor Retailer, Bicycle Leadership Conference, Interbike, Paddlesports Retailer, and The Running Event.
Dirk joined NPD in 2015 following product management and marketing roles for brands including Raleigh Bicycle, Redline Bicycle, Dagger Kayak, and Perception Kayaks. He holds a Master’s degree in Transportation Geography with an emphasis in quantitative techniques from the University of Kentucky. Dirk enjoys cycling and camping with his family and lives in Boulder, Colorado.
May 28, 2020
The home fitness trend is one of the biggest to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. Now that consumer interest is piqued on how to exercise at home, the question for retailers and manufacturers becomes, how do we maintain the momentum established over these weeks? Dirk offers up three answers.
May 18, 2020
Several cycling categories are seeing unprecedented sales growth as biking has become increasingly popular as both a family and fitness activity in today’s COVID-19 world.
Apr 8, 2020
Companies in the home fitness space are working overtime as consumers are being challenged to reinvent their exercise routines. In many ways, the COVID-19 crisis is speeding up some home fitness trends that were already underway pre-pandemic.
Feb 27, 2020
Sports analyst Dirk Sorenson explains Peloton’s appeal, and the opportunities such media-based sports platforms present to sporting goods manufacturers and retailers.
Feb 21, 2020
eSports has the potential to change the way sports is perceived and pursued, and open new avenues for traditional manufacturers to create and market products. In his blog series, Dirk dives into what he considers the Internet of Fitness.
Jan 9, 2020
From technical innovation to capitalizing on emerging gamification opportunities like Zwift’s take on eSports, Dirk Sorenson outlines what should be the running industry’s goals for long and short term success in the months ahead.