Bike Industry Product and Retailer Innovation Awards to be Awarded
Interbike, the largest bicycle industry trade event in North America, has announced the winners for the Interbike Innovation Awards. Revamped for 2017, the awards recognize excellence and innovation in product, retail and advocacy. Interbike partnered with Hi-Torque Publications (Mountain Bike Action, Road Bike Action, Electric Bike Action), LAVA Magazine, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, The Mann Group and PeopleForBikes in each of the categories to choose the winners.
“I want to congratulate all winners of the 2017 Interbike Innovation Awards, and thank our partners for all of their help in in the selection process,” said Pat Hus, Vice President of Interbike. “All of the winning products will be on display in the hall at Interbike next month, and for those interested in learning about the innovative ideas that our retailer winners implemented to help their businesses grow – be sure to check out the Tedx-style presentations from the retailers themselves at Interbike on Thursday from 2pm-3:30pm.”
A total of 13 product innovation awards were chosen across mountain, road, electric and triathlon categories, recognizing innovation in 2018 product. Interbike partnered with Hi-Torque Publications to evaluate and select the winners in mountain, road and electric, while all triathlon product was reviewed and selected by LAVA Magazine. Six awards will be chosen on-site at Interbike: three awards for road, two awards for mountain and one award for the triathlon category.
Ten Retailer Innovation Award winners were chosen via a submission process for shops that have implemented innovative ideas and strategies to their business with positive results over the past 12 months. A panel of executives from Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, The Mann Group and Interbike reviewed all submissions and chose the winners.
PeopleForBikes led the new Advocacy Innovation Awards, for brands that have worked tirelessly in the pursuit of creating safer places to ride on a local, regional or national level.
Finally, Interbike added a new awards category designed to recognize booth innovation and design. Interbike’s management team will walk the show floor on Wednesday, September 20th and award three winners based on booth size (up to 300 sq. feet, 400-900 sq. feet and more than 1000 sq. feet).
The 2017 Award Winners are:
Retailer Innovation Awards
- Road & Trail Bicycles: Highland City, FL
- Topanga Creek Outpost: Topanga, CA
- McLain Cycle & Fitness: Traverse City, MI
- Pro Bike & Run: Presto, PA
- Absolute Bikes: Salida, CO
- DTLA Bikes: Los Angeles, CA
- Richardson Bike Mart: Richardson, TX
- 718 Cyclery: Brooklyn, NY
- American Cyclery: San Francisco, CA
- Full Cycle: Boulder, CO
Product Innovation Awards, ROAD
- 3T Strada
- Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
- Cannondale SAVE Cockpit
Product Innovation Awards, MOUNTAIN
- Pivot Cycles Mach 5.5
- Marin Wolf Ridge 29er
- Leatt 3.5 Neck Brace
- Shimano XT Di2
Product Innovation Awards, ELECTRIC
- Haibike All Mountain 8.0
- Yamaha PW-X Motor
- Sena X1 Helmet
- Arrowhere Waterproof Hi-Viz Jacket
Product Innovation Awards, TRIATHLON
- STAC Virtual Wind Tunnel
- Morf Technologies Aerobar
Advocacy Innovation Awards
- Stages Cycling
- Primal Wear
Interbike returns to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center beginning with OutDoor Demo in Boulder City, Nev., September 18-19, 2017, followed by the Interbike Expo, September 20-22, 2017.