Cycle-Con opens new doors for riders, retailers and bike brands looking to grow
September 7, 2022
North America’s largest alternative cycling expo comes to Dayton, Ohio in October
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – Cycle-Con is the largest gathering of its kind in the Americas, and it’s no longer just for recumbents. The trade and consumer show formerly known as Recumbent Cycle-Con is back for 2022, and while it continues to be the preeminent gathering of the recumbent, trike and adaptive cycling communities, the event will be more open than ever to the conventional cycling community.
Taking place October 7-9, 2022, at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Dayton, Ohio, Cycle-Con is an experiential, demo-driven event, with a half-mile paved and gravel demo loop. Beyond the demo track, Ohio’s Miami Valley offers over 340 miles of paved rec paths for riders of all abilities. Friday, October 7, is an industry focused day, reserved for vendors and retailers while Saturday and Sunday are open to the general public.
“Cutting edge cycling brands and retailers are realizing there’s a whole new customer out there,” said Mark Crews, CEO of WizWheelz, which acquired Recumbent Cycle-Con in June 2022. “We hear time and time again that people are intimidated to go into a bike shop. These people just want to get out and have fun, and they’re willing to invest in the right solution.”
The new Cycle-Con takes away barriers by welcoming an array of pedal-powered products including but not limited to recumbents. While Cycle-Con will continue to be the largest assembly of recumbent brands, the goal is to show a wider range of people a bigger picture of what cycling can be.
“We want to welcome more people with various cycling interests and at the same time expose them to recumbents and trikes,” said Crews. “Recumbents and trikes might be something they’ve never considered before for themselves, or for a loved one.”
The recumbent and trike industry has seen steady growth even during down years for the two-wheel/upright industry, as more people continue to discover the joy of the pain-free riding experience offered by trikes and recumbents in general.
The WizWheelz, Inc. family of brands includes TerraTrike and GreenSpeed. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, TerraTrike was founded on the simple notion that recumbent touring trikes are more fun. For more than 25 years, TerraTrike has been bringing adventure touring and leisure triking to the masses, maintaining one of the industry’s most extensive sales and support teams, with over 250 dealers and 300 doors internationally. With the acquisition of GreenSpeed in 2020, WizWheelz is proud to offer the industry’s most extensive roster of recumbent trike options worldwide.