February 20, 2008 (Montreal, QC) — The sixth annual Expodium bike show ran from February 15-17 at Montreal’s downtown Place Bonaventure. Apart from the 200 exhibitors on site, visitors could also take in a 200m test track, a fashion show and a BMX stunt demonstration. Some 17,779 visitors walked the aisles at the show over the three days, up about 11% over last year’s attendance.
“Expodium is really dedicated to consumers — this is a show for cyclists,” said organizer Jan DubÃ©. “We offer seminars on many topics to help and inform people about cycling and also feature an important cycling tourism section at the show which presented more than 130 cycling travel packages in Quebec, Canada, USA and 30 other countries around the world.”
“By visiting the Expodium Show, cyclists can find bike parts, complete bikes and related products, such as accessories, clothing, components, etc. Key information and advice is available from exhibiting retailers and manufacturers who are also there to answer questions with schedules and route maps for all of the best rides for the upcoming season,” added DubÃ©.
Shimano, Devinci, Kuota, Thule/RackUltra, Intercycle, La CordÃ©e and Le YÃ©ti all had large booths at the show. The Quebec Cycling Federation (FQSC) was also exhibiting including Velo Quebec who’s popular family cycle camping trip, La Petite Aventure, is already sold out for 2008.
There was a fashion show organized by cyclist-cum-designer, Katie Saint Laurent but without the likes of stars like Steve Bauer to model the new cycling apparel as was the case in 2007. The BMX stunts included jumps and flips from a team of talented cyclists brought to the show by Dylan Vanier, organizer of the Crabtree (Quebec) International BMX competition — Pierre Gauthier, David Lortie, Anthony Marquis, Alex Montombour and others wowed the crowds.
Sunday saw a special “family day” with children aged 12 and under admitted free to see a wide variety of bikes and bike accessories for children were on display. The largest bike club in Quebec, Espoirs de Laval, also had a strong presence with many of its younger members performing demonstrations on Sunday.
For more information about Expodium visit www.expodium.ca.