English: Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) By: Michele de Capitani
A newly born event, but already considered as one of the main fairs in the field of cycling, Expobici will be back in Padua from the 22nd to the 24th of September 2012. The first edition of the fair took place in the Venetian city in 2008, and in few years the numbers of the event have grown making it become the second trade fair of the sector in Europe.
Confirmed also this year the features that made the event so appreciated and in such a little time, first of all the wide exhibitory offer that characterizes the fair, which is attended by exhibitors specialized in the various sectors belonging to the world of cycling. Stalls of bike manufacturers and shops (from bmx to tandems, from MTB to racing bikes), as well as companies specialized in the production of bike accessories and components and in clothing and accessories for cyclists. But the offer of Expobici is even wider than that and includes also stalls dedicated to nutrition for athletes, trade journals, exercise machines, software, cycling associations, institutions, organizations and sporting events. Icing on the cake, the spaces dedicated to cycling tourism, with the exhibition of touring equipment and the stalls of agencies and associations that deal with and offer this type of travels and tours. The companies that give an evidence of being engaged in the innovation of the sector offering cutting edge products will be awarded by a jury of journalists, shop owners, designers and marketing experts and craftsmen. The Expobici Innovation Award will be awarded on the 22nd of September, and the nominees will be subdivided into categories: MTB, road, urban/e-bikes, components/accessories, clothing, bike4fun.
However, Expobici is not only an exhibition of bikes and equipments, it is also a space where the world of bikes comes to life, thanks to the demo area and the bike show arena. The demo area gives visitors the chance to test some bike models and to have a first-hand experience of the products, thanks to a bumpy ride and a real pump-track for MTB, to a street route for road bikes and to a special area for e-bikes. In the Bike Show Arena visitors are transformed into spectators of the amazing deeds of Italian and international athletes.
The 2012 edition of the fair is expected to be as successful as the previous ones, which have been characterized by a constant increase in the number of visitors and in the dimension of the exhibitory surface. Last year 42,000 visitors have come to Padua for the fair, which means that their number has increased by 120% in comparison to the first edition. The number of exhibitors, as well as the dimension of the exhibitory space, has tripled in comparison to 2008, and in 2011 there were 500 exhibitors, on 30 square metres, in addition to 7,000 square metres dedicated to outdoor demonstrations.
The date to save is the 22nd of September 2012: take part in Expobici, the benchmark event for professionals of the sectors as well as for bike lovers.