Interbike will return to Anaheim, California for the 2011 show. UPDATE: Nevermind – Interbike returns to Las Vegas, September 2011.
Interbike’s contract with the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas expired last year. They’ll be in Vegas this year later this month, but organizers were looking around. It looks like they’ve decided on Southern California at the Anaheim Convention Center, which is handy for me because (1) it’s closer to me and (2) I hate Vegas.
Less convenient for bike dealers will be the date change. The Outdoor Demo will begin on August 1, with the show proper beginning on August 3. This is the season for bike sales for many bike dealers; getting away from the shop to check out new product may be difficult for some of them. Some suppliers are already complaining that the new date conflicts with Outdoor Retailer, which is scheduled for August 3-7 2011 in Salt Lake City.
Show organizers moved the show up because of earlier production schedules from the bike industry. A lot of these guys make their product announcements during the summer, which seems to kill the buzz a little for Interbike in North America.
Photo Credit: “Vegas Sucks” from Bike Hugger.