DENVER (BRAIN) – Lost Paddle Events, owner of the Big Gear Show, is planning an e-bike show in June 2023 that could be the first national e-bike segment show in the United States.
The show is called (e)revolution and will be held June 8-11 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. It will include two days for trade and two days open to the public, as well as training and demonstration opportunities throughout.
Lost Paddle produces the Big Gear Show and four paddle sports industry trade events. Lance Camisasca of Lost Paddle, who leads the bike aspect at the Big Gear Show and is a former director of the Interbike Expo, will be the show director for (e)revolution.
“With sales expected to double over the next five years, e-bikes are one of the fastest growing outdoor recreation markets,” Camisasca said. “(e)revolution addresses the need for innovative e-bike brands and suppliers to capitalize on this future growth by providing a venue where they can engage directly with retailers and consumers at an industry-wide event. ‘industry.”
Camisasca said in recent months he had met with an informal industry group who said they would support the event. He said he expected some of the biggest e-bike brands in the market to exhibit in Denver.
“The general opinion is that there is a need for a high quality national event,” he said. He said the event will include exhibitors selling through the IBD channel as well as consumer-facing brands.
“Education is another key that brands say is necessary,” Camisasca said. “There is a need for education on battery access, storage, battery care and recycling and more.”
The Downtown Denver Convention Center previously hosted the Outdoor Retailer and Snow Shows and the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show. The OR show is returning to Salt Lake City for its 2023 events, making the center of congress available for the electric bike show.
“When (OR) left the convention center, our eyes lit up,” Camisasca said. He said Lost Paddle had committed to hosting the show there for two years.
Although the convention center does not currently have an outdoor bicycle demo area nearby, Camisasca said the show plans to build a demo area in one of the center’s indoor halls. The show organizers are also planning to hold an e-MTB demonstration at a nearby park, possibly the day before the show opens.
The Denver area is home to more than three million people and is one of the strongest bicycle markets in the country, which bodes well for consumer participation in the event, Camisasca said.
Early registration for exhibitors will begin at the end of August.
“Colorado is a national leader in e-bikes, and we’re excited to welcome entrepreneurs and innovators to Colorado as we continue our work to save people money through this fun, healthy, and efficient way to move around our beautiful state,” the governor said. Jared Polis in a statement.
The second Big Gear Show will be held August 2-3 in Park City, Utah. At the end of June, the show had 259 participating retail businesses, representing approximately 1,325 outlets. The event was also expected to welcome around 200 brands in total among 145 registered exhibitors. Exhibiting bike brands included Aventon, Bianchi, Highway 2, SRAM, Pinarello, Tern, Yakima, QuietKat and Diamondback.