needs more attendees, urges ETRA

With 480 trade delegates and 40 exhibitors, the "first European congress for IBDs", held in Bremen last weekend, was deemed a success by organisers ETRA and Velo:Konzept. But there's recognition that more IBDs have to be attracted to the event. Shimano and Schwalbe, sponsors of the 2004 congress, will continue as title sponsors for the 2005 event.
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“Not since Bike2000 in the UK have I attended such a stimulating and rewarding series of seminars," said ETRA president Nigel Hill, owner of Sidcup Cycles in Kent, pictured above.

ETRA is the European two-wheel retailers' association, representing 6000+ moped and bicycle retailers in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, Switzerland and the UK.

Show co-organiser Velo:Konzept is a German IBD-and-supplier training organisation.

The congress was attached to a trade and public cycle show in Bremen, and is a seven year old congress that was previously Germany-specific. The congress was formerly known as fahrrad.markt.zukunft and ETRA believes it can be turned into a pan-European event.

BikeEurope was "international media partner" for the congress. 2005 will be held 12-13th February.

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