BikeFest returned to Spain last week, with participants cycling over 360 km to the ISE 2023 in Barcelona, so far raising in excess of £40,000 (more than $49,000 USD) for industry charities Backup Tech, Music Support and Stagehand along the way.
The now annual event has garnered significant support from across the live AV and events industry in both the UK and Spain. Organised by #WeMakeEvents, PLASA, AFIAL and ISE, the 2023 edition of BikeFest Spain was sponsored by Ayrton, AVIXA, d&b Group, EARPRO, Fantek, ISE, SOJC and Total Solutions Group.
The team was comprised of 22 industry colleagues, representing numerous production companies as well as a few freelancers. Most of them covered 364 km over three days with a few joining on day three for the final 100 km.
Piers Shepperd, backup tech chair, technical director of Wonder Works, and BikeFest member says, “I’ve been amazed by the widespread support for BikeFest and Backup Tech, as well as our fellow industry charities Music Support and Stagehand. It’s been a delight — making new friends, and catching up with old ones, but most importantly riding in a way that shows we care about each other and our very precious industry, which has suffered so much over the past few years.”
Dave Crump, Creative Technology CEO and fellow BikeFest member, adds, “What an amazing journey! The support, both within the team and from across the industry, has been outstanding. It’s a real testament of what we are all capable of and shows how meaningful this industry is to us.”
Starting in Valencia, the team cycled along the Mediterranean coast, stopping off in Vinaros and Salou before arriving at Fira de Barcelona in time for ISE show. To applaud their hard work, AVIXA hosted a reception for the team on its stand at ISE.
Cristina Morante of EARPRO, says, “I joined for the final leg. The overall experience has been so rewarding and I have met so many brilliant people. I hope more women will sign up for BikeFest next year and join this growing network of industry friends!”
Nicky Greet, PLASA director and BikeFest organiser, concludes, “BikeFest continues to be a fun and friendly way to build relationships across our industry. This camaraderie is clearly shown in the incredible amount we raised for our chosen industry charities – I give my sincere thanks to everyone who took part, sponsored, and donated. The team and I look forward to doing it all again in September towards PLASA Show in London before we return to ISE again next year. There are always spaces in the team, so I invite you to join in!”
Go here to donate to BikeFest Spain, and register for next year here.