"The bike show in Friedrichshafen is the leading event in the bicycle industry," said Messe Friedrichshafen CEO Klaus Wellmann.
In a reference to the 68 percent of exhibitors from outside Germany, Wellman said:
"Eurobike? I’d call it Globalbike."
The trade visitor total of 34, 280 was eight percent up on last year’s record-breaking event.
"We’ve never seen crowds like this," said Christoph Goebel of the German Association of Bicycle Wholesalers.
The show was popular with scribes, too: 1,280 journalists from 32 countries visited the show, a 20-percent increase over the previous year.
Rain dampened Eurobike’s first Demo Day but there were still 1,000 trade visitors and 300 journalists at Eichenburg.
In a survey conducted at Eurobike, eighty-six percent of trade visitors rated the current situation in the bicycle business as "stable to rapidly improving."
Next year’s Eurobike is to be staged September 4-7th.