From 18-19 April 2020, the VELOBerlin bicycle festival expects over 20,000 bike fans at Tempelhof Airport in the German capital. For the tenth anniversary edition of the show, VELOBerlin is welcoming 300 exhibitors, 500 brands and a full programme of events and test opportunities for all types of bikes. The patron of ‘VELOBerlin 2020. Presented by Brose’ is Berlin’s mayor, Michael Müller.
In 2020, VELOBerlin is again playing host to an array of bike brands, ‘for all riders large or small, from full ranges to ultra-specialists, and for all budgets.’ On display in the two hangars and large outside expo area are the ‘latest innovations from the worlds of e-bikes, urban bikes, lightweight kids’ and youth bikes in the YoungStars area and family-friendly cargo bikes, plus the major new trend of gravel bikes for sporty riding in all terrain.’
“As sister exhibition to the Eurobike, VELOBerlin with its B2C orientation is the perfect complement to the industry gathering at Lake Constance,” said Stefan Reisinger Head of EUROBIKE at Messe Friedrichshafen, who organises the trade show together with Berlin-based bicycle agency Velokonzept.
“We get a fantastic response not only from the bicycle industry and bike scene, but also from politics and the media.”
VELOBerlin now has a new and enthusiastic main sponsor – the family-owned business and e-bike system supplier Brose. Well known as an automotive supplier, Brose has a long-standing experience in electric motors and has transferred this expertise to create drive systems for e-bikes, which have been produced in Berlin since 2014.
The VELOBerlin Airfield Race will be held for the third year with youth races and hobby races open to all, run by the cycle club Schöneberger Radfahrer Verein Iduna. In the sprint race, there is some tough competition – from German track cycling legend Robert Förstemann. And there is also an internationally-recognised fixed gear criterium race organised by Berlin-Kreuzberg manufacturer 8bar bikes as well as the international cargo bike race event.
Two days before the VELOBerlin festival, 200 hardcore riders will be starting out from Hamburg, as part of the bike packing adventure Hansegravel, and then cycling over 600km on trails to Stettin – before riding into Berlin.
On the presentation stages and in the VELOSalons there will be talks, discussions and workshops covering a wide range of topics from urban mobility to VELOWomen and extreme adventures. Ultra-endurance athlete Jonas Deichmann will be talking in detail about his 18,000 km and 72 days in the saddle during his ‘Cape to Cape’ world record. Mobility expert Katja Diehl from podcast ‘She Drives Mobility’ will be talking about the bike’s role in mobility change and on Saturday evening from 18:00 CET, bikes will be the centre of celebrations at the jubilee edition party in the Open Air Expo area.
Since 2011 VELOBerlin has taken place on a yearly basis – billed as ‘the largest, urban public event in the bike sector’. After seven years at Messe Berlin, VELOBerlin developed a new concept and moved to Tempelhof Airport in 2018. On over approximately 30,000 square metres of exhibition space, test and event areas in atmospheric hangars and a covered outdoor area, 300 exhibitors with 500 brands (2019) showcase their products.
VELOBerlin is hosted by Messe Friedrichshafen, which also runs the international Eurobike trade show at Lake Constance, in southern Germany, and the bicycle festival is organised by Berlin-based agency Velokonzept, which also operates further VELO events in Hamburg and Frankfurt. The patron of VELOBerlin 2020 is Berlin’s mayor, Michael Müller.