PhilBike Expo 2016
November 25-27, 2016 | SMX Convention Center, MOA
Photos courtesy of PhilBike Expo and Monsters Centaur Production Inc.
More than 100 international and local brands in cycling and fitness, encompassing a diverse range of bikes and accessories for riders of all skill levels and disciplines, were showcased in the third year of the PhilBike Expo, the country’s only world-standard trade and consumer cycling show.
Phil-Bike Convention Inc., brought together cycling enthusiasts and first-timers alike, giving them the chance to check out the very best and latest that the industry has to offer. Expo-goers were treated to an incredible demo from international powerhouses Kenny “The Magician” Belaey, Japanese “Superkids” Yu Shoji and Takumi Isogai, and their mentor Flatland innovator and three-time flatland world champion, Viki Gómez.
With a career that spans over two decades, there are just a few cyclists in the world as decorated as Kenny Belaey. In 1998, he won the UCI Cadet World Championship and the BIU Cadet World Championship. This jumpstarted a string of championships he maintains to this day including multiple Junior European (2000-2001) and Elite World Championships (2002, 2005, 2006, and 2010). At the PhilBike Expo, he wowed the audience with a demonstration of “Balance” atop various obstacles. His latest video project of the same title saw him crossing a slackline on top of the French Alps.
The “Superkids” showed off their incredible flatland skills before a tremendous crowd. Shoji is the first place winner of the 2015 Voodoo Jam and the second runner-up for the 2014 FlatArk Novice. Isogai was the first place winner of the 2014 FlatArk Expert and came in at 8th place for the 2016 FlatDev Pro.
Also present in the expo were Canadian Geoff Gulevich, the Rocky Mountain Bicycle ambassador; Alessandro Colnago, the grandson of cycling-pioneer, Ernesto Colnago and marketing manager of Colnago. For over 60 years, Colnago has established itself as one of the premier cycling brands in the world.
The event also included games, contests, and raffles. Expo visitors tried their hand at the interactive simulations all across the venue and some had the opportunity to freestyle with BMX athletes at an impromptu BMX Street Jam on the final day.