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Velo-city conference kicks off with royal ride

Published June 13, 2017
The conference attracts 1,500 delegates, 260 speakers, and the King of the Netherlands.

NIJMEGAN, the Netherlands (BRAIN) — The international cycling conference Velo-city opened here Tuesday, with a record number of delegates in attendance and 260 planned speakers. Willem-Alexander, the King of the Netherlands, attended the opening ceremony and participated in a group ride afterward.


Velo-city conferences have been held since 1980 and is now held annually, alternating venues in Europe with those on other continents. The events are organized by the European Cyclists’ Federation.

Program highlights this year include a speach by Shannon Galpin, the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and global activist, who has been working and traveling in Afghanistan throughout the past decade to spearhead projects in Afghanistan for women's rights. Overall the event will include 107 sessions, with 60 outdoor sessions and excursions added to showcase the Arnhem-Nijmegen cycling region. The expo at the Vereeniging houses a 100 different booths from exhibitors from all over the world. 

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