Interbike: Interview with Justin Gottlieb and Chris Kegal

Inter­bike 2013 will host over 750 com­pa­nies rep­re­sent­ing 1,200 plus brands at Man­dalay Bay, Sept. 16th ‑20th. It’s “the place to be” for any­thing and every­thing under the sun — bicy­cling. “Inter­bike is the largest gath­er­ing of the bike indus­try in North Amer­i­ca. This is where the tribe gath­ers – retail­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers, dis­trib­u­tors, media – to con­duct the busi­ness of cycling, in one area, Las Vegas, NV,” said Justin Got­tlieb, the Direc­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Pub­lic Rela­tions of Interbike.

“Many of the world’s top brands exhib­it at Inter­bike, and the show is also a launch­ing point for small­er com­pa­nies and start-ups. Some of the most antic­i­pat­ed brands exhibit­ing at Inter­bike this year include Giant USA, Col­na­go, Chris King, Spe­cial­ized, Shi­mano, SRAM and many others.”

The goal of Inter­bike is to dri­ve the indus­try as a whole by the shar­ing of ideas, con­cepts, and prod­ucts between exhibit­ing com­pa­nies. Top cycling entre­pre­neurs, devel­op­ers, non-prof­it board mem­bers, and advo­cates like Chris Kegal, own­er and pres­i­dent of Wheel & Sprock­et, will be giv­ing sem­i­nars through­out the four day event. Chris will be dis­cussing the “Five Excel­len­cies” and how he over­came chal­lenges in bike retail like cus­tomer ser­vice, inven­to­ry, and find­ing the bal­ance between pas­sion and dis­ci­pline. Maybe he’ll even tell the sto­ry about his epic cross-coun­try ride from Port­land, Ore­gon to Port­land, Maine? “If I can be of ser­vice to any­one of my fel­low retail­ers, I will be hap­py,” said Chris. That’s real­ly the over­ar­ch­ing emo­tion of the whole event this year.

The Inter­bike plan­ners have been work­ing round-the-clock. “Plan­ning for trade shows as large as Inter­bike start imme­di­ate­ly fol­low­ing the pre­vi­ous show. There are sev­er­al aspects of the show that will be dif­fer­ent than last year,” explains Justin.

  • New loca­tion: This will be our 1st year at the Man­dalay Bay Con­ven­tion Center
  • New Out­door Pad­dock Area: This new area is locat­ed a few steps from the Man­dalay Bay Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, and will fea­ture exhibitors, a test track, a beer gar­den, a food tent, a DJ and more. This area will also host “Throw­back Thurs­day”, which will include indus­try bike races, a live 80’s cov­er band and will con­clude with the USA CRIT Finals.
  • New neigh­bor­hood on the show floor: The Moun­tain Bike Trailhead
  • For the first time in the event’s his­to­ry, bicy­cle shops are allowed to select some of their most loy­al cus­tomers (aver­age-Joes) to attend. Inter­bike by Invi­ta­tion allows reg­is­tered retail­ers the deci­sion of choos­ing the most enthu­si­ast cus­tomers to show­case the cycling indus­try. The num­ber of aver­age-Joes allowed per retail­er is deter­mined by their geography.

Anoth­er way for the com­mon cyclist to gain access to Inter­bike is by doing what we love; par­tic­i­pat­ing in cycling events! Paid spec­ta­tors or par­tic­i­pants of Cross Vegas or Viva Bike Vegas can show their tick­et stub and pay $25 or $20 accord­ing­ly for Inter­bike access on Sept. 20th.

Inter­bike 2013 Schedule: 

Out­Door Demo
Mon­day, Sep­tem­ber 16, 2013, 9:00 am — 5:00 pm
Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 17, 2013, 8:00 am — 5:00 pm

Inter­bike Expo (On the 20th, Aver­age-Joes can attend!)
Wednesday–Friday, Sep­tem­ber 18 — 20, 2013
9:00 am–6:00 pm