Italian Bike Festival Promises a Weekend Brimming With Cycling
The Italian Bike Festival (IBF) returns for the 2022 edition on Friday 9th September, running through the whole weekend with a hugely varied programme for all types of enthusiasts.
Although not officially announced until some time this spring, we’ve been given a sneak preview of what this year’s festival is shaping up to be, and the organiser’s have gone out their way to improve Italy’s largest cycling festival by leaps and bounds.
Last year’s festival was held in Rimini in September, with 30,000 people attending over the weekend. However, a new venue has been allocated in 2022 – the 80,000 square metre Misano World Circuit, which will provide more space for small events alongside the main expo.
Elsewhere, there are plans for a main granfrondo and youth competitions on the FCI (Italia Cycling Federation) calendar, as well as exhibitions and entertainment for visitors not only get to tour the exhibits but also take part in or watch the events themselves.
Gathering cycling enthusiasts from Italy and beyond against the stunning back drop of the Adriatic coast culminates in the perfect celebration of all things cycling.
“The IBF is now more than just a fair; we are conscious that both the public and exhibitors have growing expectations of the IBF. That’s why we’re pouring so much in terms of resources into creating a schedule of side events designed to bring added value to the event,” said Fabrizio Ravasio of the Italian Bike Festival.
“We also believe the festival is capable of becoming the go-to platform for analysing the bike market and future prospects, including the transition to the electric world.”
The 2022 edition will be the largest ever, with expos and seminar from all walks of the cycling community. While there will be segments of the festival largely dedicated to competition, the goal of the weekend is to provide time and space for meetings and discussion on the themes particularly relevant to the bike world right now.
‘In September, the Italian Bike Festival will provide an opportunity for sector professionals and workers to get together at themed round table discussions with other players from the bike industry,” commented Lucrezia Sacchi of the IBF.
“It’s an opportunity to really get to the nitty-gritty of problems around cycling safety, city mobility, bike tourism and environmental sustainability.”