Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Montreal Bike Show; Last day Sunday February 19, 2012

Salon du Velo 2012
Salon du Velo ; Louis Garneau book signing

 February 19, 2012

The tenth annual edition of the Montreal Bike Show / Salon du Vélo opened on Friday, February 17 in Montreal’s Place Bonaventure. Many of the 226 exhibitors at the show commented that crowds were good on the first day, but Miroir du Cyclisme was unable to get a precise count from the gate. It did seem however, that the bike show was drawing bigger crowds than the Salon Expo Hockey, also at Place Bonaventure.

“Almost all exhibitors from 2011 year are back this year,” show organizer Jan P. Dubé told Pedal. “And we have Garneau, Marinoni, Guru, and Beausoleil which are making a big return this year. We also have Ekoï, Pedal Magazine, and Porsche making their debut at the Show in 2012. We also have many new exhibitors in the Cycle touring like Adirondack (New York State) and Mount Washington Valley (New Hampshire) tourist associations joining the state of Virginia and the Rideau Heritage Route from Ontario.”

“Exhibitors are quite impressed with the quality of visitors to the show, continued Dubé. “These people are real passionate about cycling! This is the edition of the Montreal Bike Show with the most bike brands on the floor, the most cycling events ever presented and the most tourist regions from US and Ontario. The new Porsche bikes and trials of new electronic power shift (EPS) group from Campagnolo and DI2 from Shimano were a hit all day! And visitors can even try out these new gadgets…

While cycling has traditionally been more of a man’s domain, Louis Garneau Sports is showing off a whole section dedicated to women (bikes, clothing & accessories).  And sports clothing maker Katy St. Laurent goes one step further: all of her production is only for women. Then to show that women can also master bike mechanics, Denise Belzil of Techno Cycle  is using the show to launching her second book: Adjustment of Speed and Braking Systems

Garneau is also selling jerseys and helmets designed for the Europcar Team during the 2012Tour de France. Meanwhile, the Multiple Sclerosis Society is launching a charity ride this summer that for 16 days will follow the route of the original Tour de France in 1903

Not only cyclists, but also triathletes will enjoy the 2012 Montreal Bike Show where many Montreal retailers also cater to the triathlon crowd. Louis Garneau is among those and so too is Boutique Courir with its 2XU,Gore Bike Wear, Nalini, Nineteen, Orca, Pearl Izumi, Parentini, Sugoi, and Zoot brands.

“The show is a great chance to take a sneak preview at the 2012 season,” concluded Dubé. “On top of that, there are lots of great deals on floor with specials up to 70 % off regular retail prices!”


Montreal Bike Show: Feb 17—19, 2012

Friday: Noon to 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm

Place Bonaventure – Montréal
800, de la Gauchetière St. West
(Metro Bonaventure)

Entrance fees:
Adult: $11
FQSC member / senior / student: $8
Children (6 to 12 years): $5 & FREE on Sunday
Children (under 6 years): Free all 3 days
Family Pass: $25:  (2 adults + 2 children 12 years old or less)

(514) 931-3336

2012 Salon du Velo de Montreal


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