Sergio Bravo leading a panel.

Cycle of Influence Wrap-up

Shift Modern Cyclery

It was a busy week of meeting with cycling industry leaders in Bentonville, Arkansas. Bentonville is a town with a growing presence in the cycling industry thanks not only to the expansion of trails but also to a growing social and business infrastructure supporting cycling businesses. Attendees at the Cycle of Influence Summit last week had the opportunity to visit a couple of remarkable facilities which are both supporting and a result of this growth.

The Record in Bentonville.
The Record in Bentonville, host for the Cycle of Influence Summit.
The inaugural Cycle of Influence Summit (COI) concluded last week in Bentonville AR. After two years of COVID delays, the ‘22 event came out swinging, delivering on the promises of engaging panel discussions and unique and intimate networking opportunities.
DEI Panel.
DEI Panel.

The panelists offered diverse experiences for every topic discussion resulting in a focused audience, attentive to every word. The Summit also offered two off-site visits–The attendees visited North Western Arkansas Community College which offers an impressive mechanics certification course and also Allied Cycles for a factory tour of their carbon bike building facility. You can read more about this year’s agenda topics on the website: www.cycleofinfluence.com


Watch for upcoming articles focused on a couple of topics and field trips from the summit that we found extra interesting and important.


Featured discussions included the future of Independent Bike Dealers (IBDs) as big brands go consumer direct, COnnecting with new and diverse riders, the legal issues surrounding e-bikes, insight from industry expatriates, and supply chain issues. The field trips to Allied Bicycle Works and the Northwest Arkansas Community College Bicycle Tech Program plus a mountain bike ride with Gary Vernon of the Walton Family Foundation broke up the conference nicely. Good food and a ridiculously good swag bag rounded out this quality event.
Informational ride with Gary Vernon of the Walton Family Foundation.
Informational ride with Gary Vernon of the Walton Family Foundation.

“I am so incredibly pleased with how this first COI went down. The amount of praise, support and promises to return from the attendees has been amazing.” – Sergio Bravo, COI Founder

Long-time industry insider and Cycle of Influence founder Sergio Bravo said, “I am so incredibly pleased with how this first COI went down. The amount of praise, support and promises to return from the attendees has been amazing.” Sergio added, “I am so grateful to all the attendees, panelists, and supporters who had faith that the COI would be special.” Plans for next year’s event are already well in motion and announcements will be released later this year.
Bicycle Mechanic School at Northwest Arkansas Community College.
Bicycle Mechanic School at Northwest Arkansas Community College.
Bravo is also working on bringing an independent bike builder show to Bentonville next September that will follow the COI. More details coming toward the end of the year but some info is available at: www.masterbikebuildersshow.com

 

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