So I went to the SouthEast Cycling Expo a week or so back and…
…it was soooo tiny!
It was held in the West Section of the Orlando Convention Center. I had just attended a conference there a week before where we had the whole building, so I was thinking it would be something huge, like Interbike.
I took my 6-year old daughter because I thought it would be fun for her.
So we park, and we go up the elevators, and we walk the concourse over the convention space…and there’s nothing in the convention space. Hmmm….
Then we go back down the elevators and walk all the way down through the building and finally, at the very end, is the Expo in a single convention room. It took us maybe 20 minutes to walk around the whole thing twice.
There was a wheel dealer there, and I think an electric bike dealer, 5 hour energy, a bike uni manufacturer, and a few bike shops, and a few ride sponsors. And a tiny, tiny little demo area (though there weren’t any bike brands at the show).
And there was Bob Roll, too, which was cool.
Positives and Negatives
It was a long way to drive for such a tiny expo. It took longer to park and walk to the expo than it actually did to attend the expo.
There were no bike brands there, and for $25 to get in there should have been bike brands there.
But that being said, Bob Roll was a nice coup.
My guess is the organizers underestimated the time it would take to put the thing together.
I work with non-profits and it can take a year just to get a charity bowling tournament going.
It seems like I got the flyer for it in August…they probably should have started rounding things up a year ago August.
So next time they need to give themselves more time.
The second thing is they need brands.
Ever been to the Santos Fat Tire Festival? Fat Tire in past years has had a demo with Specialized, Trek, GT, Giant and Cannondale all there at the same time.
You can’t have a bike expo without brands. And if they have brands they need to have a demo area the size of a velodrome. And kids need to be able to ride, too, not just 18 and up…not that there were really any bikes to ride.
I’m Being Bitchy Here
But it really was a good idea. Central Florida needs something like this.
And it’s probably good to start small, get your chops busted, and do it better next time.
Besides, it’s not like there aren’t other things to do in Orlando.
We didn’t spend a whole lot of time there so I took my daughter to play Pirate Mini Golf and to Downtown Disney, and we had a great time!
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