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Eurobike Portland cancelled…for now

Posted on November 27th, 2006 at 9:57 am.

In a statement released today by Messe Friedrichshafen, the company behind the Eurobike trade show has officially confirmed that they have cancelled plans for a September trade show in Portland.

Here is the full statement:


Eurobike announcement surprised POVA too

Posted on November 20th, 2006 at 4:22 pm.

Although they met at Interbike and were in the midst of ongoing discussions, the Portland Oregon Visitor’s Association (POVA) did not expect Messe Friedrichshafen’s big announcement to bring a major bicycle trade show to Portland in September of 2007.

In a conversation today with POVA’s VP of Sales, Michael Smith, I learned that the two groups were still in the “qualifying stages”, and that the announcement caught them completely by surprise.


Update: Serious doubts about Eurobike Portland

Posted on November 17th, 2006 at 3:50 pm.


With each passing day, the likelihood of Messe Friedrichshafen (the company behind Eurobike) following through with their announcement to bring a major bicycle trade show to Portland grows slimmer.

With only ten months left until their alleged show, they still have not confirmed dates, approached exhibitors, or even given it a name. Even as skepticism builds, they haven’t communicated with the media since the initial announcement. I would expect that if they were serious, they’d want as much positive spin and PR as they could get.


POVA acted alone in Eurobike courtship

Posted on November 10th, 2006 at 1:44 pm.

The recent announcement that Eurobike is planning a Portland trade show caught many people off guard. Everyone that is, except staff of the Portland Oregon Visitors Association (POVA).


Questions surround Portland bike show announcement

Posted on November 3rd, 2006 at 10:19 am.

Yesterday Lance Camisasca of Interbike responded to the announcement by Messe Friedrichshafen (organizers of the Eurobike trade show) to hold a new, rival trade show in Portland. In an official statement, Camisasca questioned the capacity of the Oregon Convention Center to hold a show that would be large enough to be successful:

“”The OCC’s main room has 255,000 gross square feet. However this gross space will likely only yield a net occupied total of 127,500 square feet.

No matter how you do the math, this event will likely be roughly one third the size of Interbike, even if it sells out.”


Reactions and thoughts on Eurobike Portland

Posted on October 31st, 2006 at 1:26 pm.

“I know that the point may be to shut down Interbike, but let’s be realistic, it isn’t going to happen in a year or two or even five. What happens in the mean time?”
–Donna Tocci

Reactions to yesterday’s big news that Eurobike boss (and Hood River resident) Erich Reiss plans to launch a major US bike industry trade show in Portland this September (which I’ll call “Eurobike Portland” until an official name surfaces) has quickly spread around the bike biz and the web.

As I’ve talked to people involved (still waiting to hear from Reiss) and read reports on blogs and bike news outlets, reactions have ranged from shock, surprise, confusion, excitement and concern.


Eurobike Portland means no NAHBS

Posted on October 31st, 2006 at 11:04 am.

Framebuilder's party
[Don Walker, the
man behind NAHBS]

The recent announcement that a major bike industry trade show will come to Portland next year has put a wrench in ongoing efforts by the PDC and Commissioner Sam Adams’ office to woo the popular North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) to Stumptown.

Don Walker, the man behind the NAHBS, told me in a phone conversation this morning that he was “heartbroken” when he heard the news.

“It breaks my heart because I saw the potential of Portland hosting the show…right down to the bar where the band would play and the hotel I would stay in.”


Portland to host major bike industry trade show

Posted on October 30th, 2006 at 1:57 pm.

Wow. Check this out…

From Bicycle Retailer & Industry News:

“The organizers of Eurobike, Germany’s premier trade show, will launch a competing event in Portland, Oregon, next September challenging Interbike’s long dominance as the only show in the U.S. market. Messe Friedrichshafen, Eurobike’s owners, have met with Portland officials who will support efforts to bring retailers and exhibitors to the West Coast city.