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2nd annual Interbike Awards Gala announced for 2015

Published May 4, 2015
Alonzo Bodden will host the awards for the second time.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike will hold its second annual bike industry awards gala, the Interbike Awards at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during the Interbike International Expo this fall.

The ceremony will be held Thursday, Sept. 17 in the MBCC's South Pacific Ballroom, kicking off with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m.
The evening will once again honor achievements from the current product and race year.

Nominees and winners will be selected from categories across the bike community, including Best-In-Show, Product Innovation, Athletic Achievement, Retailer Excellence, Supplier Performance and Advocacy Efforts.

"Our 2014 IB Awards night was truly a magical event for our industry," said Pat Hus, the vice president of Interbike. "This year's event will be even better with a number of upgrades and surprises from the previous year. Between the laughs, the entertainment, the anticipation of winners, the fantastic meal and the industry comradery, the IB Awards has truly become a must-attend event."

World Bicycle Relief, a non-profit mobilizing people through the power of bicycles, will be the beneficiary partner for this year's gala. Interbike will be donating $10 from each ticket sold to support WBR's efforts.

"A big thank you to Interbike for selecting World Bicycle Relief as its non-profit partner for the 2015 awards night," said FK Day, the founder and president of the organization. "It is from making bicycling a viable choice for sport, fitness, leisure, and basic transportation, that we as an industry together will make the world a better place. World Bicycle Relief salutes the Interbike Team for consistently bringing people together around The Power of Bicycles."

Comedian and former "Last Comic Standing" winner Alonzo Bodden will be the master of ceremonies, and he will be joined on stage this year by one of the top female DJ's in the country, Tina T.

Interbike team has partnered with Verde Brand Communications to produce the IB Awards. New and returning celebrity presenters will include Bob Roll, Greg Herbold, Gary Fisher, Nelson Vails, Shaun Palmer, and Brian Lopes.
The following organizations will curate the award categories, select nominees and ultimately honor the winners:

  • Product Innovation: Hi-Torque Publications (Road Bike Action, Mountain Bike Action, BMX Plus! and Electric Bike Action)
  • Athletic Achievement: The Competitor Group (Velo magazine)
  • Best-in-Triathlon: Triathlon Business International
  • Dealer Excellence: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News
  • Supplier Performance: National Bicycle Dealers Association
  • Advocacy Efforts: PeopleForBikes

A complete list of the multiple awards within the categories can be found on the Interbike website. The first round of nominees will be announced in June with athlete awards to be presented on August 1.

Criteria for the nomination process for each award category can be found on the Official Guide to the 2015 Interbike Awards on the Interbike website.
Tickets for the Gala can be purchased during the Interbike registration process. Special advanced ticket pricing for the event is $100 per person, and includes the evening reception, beer and wine, a sit-down dinner along with the awards show entertainment. A $10 donation from every ticket sold will be donated to World Bicycle Relief.

The 2014 IB Awards sold-out in advance of the event - but should tickets still be available on-site, prices will be $125 at the door. Those interested in attending are encouraged to secure their tickets early.

A limited number of private tables and sponsorship opportunities are available and can be purchased directly through Interbike. Contact Andria Klinger, the sales director, at 949-226-5745 or Andria.klinger@emeraldexpo.com.

For more information on the Interbike Awards, visit interbike.com/events/awards-night.

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