Major new national cycling exhibition for Dublin’s RDS
National exhibitions like the London Bike Show, above, have proven hugely popular
Following the success of bike expos in the UK in recent years and the growing popularity of cycling in Ireland, a Donegal-based events and media company is planning a major new national cycling show in May.
The ‘Irish Cycling Show’ will take place in the main hall at the Simmonscourt pavilion in the RDS, Dublin 4, on May 19th and 20th.
Between 100 and 150 exhibitors are expected to take stands at the two-day event, with those behind the show hoping as many as 10,000 visitors will attend.
The organiser of the event is Hugh Bonner, whose company Mara Media has a history of organising fishing expo events and publishing maritime magazines.
“I’ve been involved in cycling a long time with Errigal CC in Donegal and cycling would be my main passion as well as angling,” he told stickybottle.
“I’ve had the idea for a national cycling exhibition for a long time and I’ve decided the time is right this year to press ahead with it. We’ve already done a lot of research with people in the sport and the cycling industry generally, and we feel there’s a great level of interest out there.”
Bonner said many exhibition stands will most likely be booked by cycling retailers and bike manufacturers and their agents in Ireland.
However, he does not believe large commercial entities will take over the exhibition as has occurred with some international bike shows.
“We’ll be keeping it local, having people on the stands who actually own the businesses rather a team of PR people managing a massive stand for a major bike company. We’re also looking at getting a BMX area where people can have a go on ramps and jumps.”
“And we’re hoping to put a practice track in that would be partly indoor and partly outdoor so people can try out the bikes that are being exhibited. We might also have a bit of racing for fun on the track.”
Bonner says interactive elements such as equipment that will allow visitors measure their power output and Vo2 max will also be included.
“The road section will be the main element, but we will definitely also have a significant presence from the other disciplines like track, mountain biking and BMX. We’ll also have cycling holiday companies and clothing companies and people like Cycling Ireland involved, as well as triathlon organisations and events; so it’s going to be big.”
“There’ll also be exhibitors giving advice on nutrition and training methods and so on. The main thing is that we have a wide variety of exhibitors so there’s something for all visitors and fun things to do for both adults and kids.”
Stayed tuned folks, we’ll definitely have more details on this one in coming weeks. It sounds like a winner.