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2015 Calgary Bike Show Report, Photos + Interview with Organizer Peter Hockenhull

by Chris Redden
2015 Calgary Bike Show [P] Chris Redden
April 02, 2015 (Calgary, AB) – The inaugural Calgary Bike Show took place at the Big Four Building at the Calgary Stampede grounds last weekend from Mar. 28-29 and by all counts the newly launched show was a success. According to organizers there was a lot of pent-up demand for this kind of show and the two-day event drew around 4,000 attendees.

Velofix just opened their Calgary franchise. [P] Chris Redden

“We’re really pleased with the attendance and the quality of the visitors to the show,” commented Peter Hockenhull of Epic Outdoor Events that also organizes the Canmore Gran Fondo. “We’ve had great feedback from exhibitors as well and some were surprised at the great turn out.”

Strider test track for kids [P] Chris Redden

The show included a total of 42 exhibitors including manufacturers like Specialized and Rocky Mountain and event organizers like the Tour de Victoria, Granfondo Axel Merckx and Singletrack 6. The mix included local bike shops and charities along with Strider Bikes for kids with a demo track, a BMX demo area, and a spin class by Peloton Cycling.

The Calgary Bike Show is off and running [P] Chris Redden

Ryder Hesjedal’s Giro-winning bike was on display and drew lots of attention. Several training consultants were also on hand to help with planning the upcoming season and there were bike fittings being done as well.

Ryder Hesjedal's Giro-winning Cervelo [P] Chris Redden

“We’ve had great support from the exhibitors and good comments all round and we’re already talking about next year. We hope the show is going to become a mainstay of the spring season launch in Calgary,” added Hockenhull – see full interview below.

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