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Old 08-03-2017, 12:00 PM
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Good news!

Interbike picks Reno as new location for trade show


Interbike has a new home.

The largest annual bike trade show in North America is moving to the Biggest Little City from 2018 to 2022, the organization announced Thursday morning.

The search for a new location "was challenging," with several candidates such as Denver submitting strong bids to host the event, said Pat Hus, Interbike vice president. Ultimately, Reno won out due to a combination of factors.
In addition to providing concessions ― up to $1.35 million annually, according to the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority ― Reno also had the advantage of having North America's largest alpine lake in its backyard, Lake Tahoe. Combined with other factors such as affordability, weather and plenty of opportunities for biking, Reno-Tahoe provides Interbike a lot of flexibility for events and partnerships.
"We could not be more satisfied (with Reno-Tahoe)," Hus said. "The place goes above and beyond the call of duty."

Sealing the Interbike deal is a big get for Reno-Sparks, especially after the area lost its bid for Interbike's big brother, the Outdoor Retailer expo, which went to Denver. In 2015, Interbike reported that nearly 23,000 attendees and more than 1,400 brands took part in its trade show. The expo is also projected to generate 107,280 room nights for area lodging businesses, according to the Reno-Sparks Conventions and Visitors Authority.
The move to Reno will also give convention attendees easier access to and from the event. This will allow more convention goers to take their bikes with them, something that posed a challenge in Las Vegas, which has served as the expo's traditional venue in the last several years.
The Reno-Sparks Convention Center, which is right next to the Atlantis Casino Resort, is also within easy biking distance of other hotel-casinos and lodging facilities in the area.
"If people bring their own bikes, it's not as conducive in Las Vegas based on temperatures and traffic to be riding to and from where you are," Hus said. "Here (in Reno), it's going to be super simple."

Interbike will also provide shuttles for attendees to and from the trade show, airport and other programs it has planned. Transportation is one of the amenities that Interbike will invest in as part of the concessions it received from Reno-Sparks.
Organizers are already setting up events around the expo to take advantage of the new location. This includes a partnership with Northstar California on Sept. 15, the weekend before the expo, for a festival at The Village at Northstar. The event will include camping options for attendees.
Hus also touted options such as the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno for attendees who plan to come with their trailers or RVs.
"You can park behind the hotel and stay there for a less expensive rate and still have access to the hotel facilities, so that's kind of cool," Hus said.

Interbike is currently in talks with the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority about air travel options for expo attendees. The trade show also plans to make more announcements about its 2018 show prior to the event.
As part of concessions it received from Reno-Sparks, Interbike says it plans to heavily market not just the event but the destination as well. Hus says the organization has taken note of the changes in Northern Nevada in the last few years, including the arrival of Tesla's Gigafactory and Reno-Sparks' switch beyond a traditional gaming-based economy.
"The city has come a long way from the late '80s from what we remember," Hus said. "We're excited to tell the bike world about it."
This is a developing story and will be updated,
Originally Published 8:24 a.m. PT Aug. 3, 2017
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Old 08-04-2017, 01:05 PM
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Cross Vegas too!

“Clif Bar CrossVegas announced today that the annual race will make a move to Reno, Nevada in September 2018. The move of the biggest cyclocross race in the US follows the announcement by Interbike, the annual bicycle tradeshow, to relocate to the northern Nevada city beginning in 2018. CrossVegas has been a part of the annual Interbike week of activities in Las Vegas since 2007.

CrossVegas 2018 will take place on Wednesday evening, September 19, 2018 following the 2nd full day of the Interbike show.

Brook Watts, owner and organizer of CrossVegas commented, “Although the backdrop will change from the glitzy Vegas Strip to the stunningly beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains, the event will remain the same world-class Clif Bar CrossVegas that racers and spectators have loved for 11 years. CrossVegas will still provide industry bragging rights for the Wheelers & Dealers, VIP hospitality for sponsors, opportunities for bike industry participation at all levels and top level competition among the pro women and men.”

Watts also announced the iconic CrossVegas name would remain despite the change of location to Las Vegas’ sister city to the north. “So many people know that name and the associate it with a great evening of fun that we decided to hang onto it as part of the heritage of the event.”

Preliminary plans include staging the evening event at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, site of the upcoming 2018 US National Cyclocross Championships. The park has been home to other cross events and is conveniently located close to the downtown Reno area including the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and dozens of hotels.

Coby Rowe, Director of the Local Organizing Committee for US National Cyclocross Championships quote: “For me this is the best of all worlds. I’m a proud resident of Reno, where I love to race cyclocross. But I’ve had the honor of being involved in CrossVegas for the past few years. It’s a world class event in every sense of the word, and I am thrilled to see the event move to my backyard.”

Watts added, “We’re looking forward to being part of Interbike’s next phase as well as the vibrant and blossoming cycling-friendly metropolitan area of Reno.”

Competitors in CrossVegas’s UCI, USAC, Wheelers and Dealers categories, and a new E-Bike fun race, will have their last chance to experience the lush grass and challenging course at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in Las Vegas on Wednesday September 20, 2017.”


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