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Honoring excellence in the art of handmade bikes with these NAHBS 2016 Exhibitor Awards! We are offering awards in design, construction, riding discipline and more! Builders must submit their intentions for each category by February 21st, 2016. Late entries will be considered but are not guaranteed a place in the most popular categories.

In this newsletter edition, take a look into what it takes to receive the NAHBS Steve Hed Award, the Campy Award, and the Rando Shootout Award.


LAST CHANCE FOR SAVINGS: Hotel Deadline

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Still need to book your NAHBS 2016 hotel room? BOOK TODAY! Discounted prices end this Monday January 25th, 2016. Make sure to reserve a room TODAY!

The Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, a contemporary hotel in the heart of California’s capital city, welcomes NAHBS to Sacramento February 2016!


Screen Shot 2016-01-21 at 11.38.57 AM  Award Spotlight: Rando Shootout

The Rando Shootout Award will look to identify the best randonneur bike on display at the show!

Please email, Randoshootout@handmadebicycleshow.com, in order to be entered to win the Rando Award. Judged by the editorial team at Bicycle Quarterly, the Rando Shootout Award will focus on the function and ride of the bicycle. Entries will be presented in the Summer 2016 magazine to Bicycle Quarterly’s audience of 21,000+ readers, as well as on the Bicycle Quarterly blog, Instagram, and Facebook pages. Merely participating will guarantee builders significant publicity.

“Highlighting our exhibitors and their bikes to the cycling public is central to the NAHBS mission. Adding a new award category that calls out one of the fastest growing segments in cycling is a great way to increase value for our exhibitors,” said Don Walker, Founder of NAHBS. “All of our NAHBS awards are very popular with attendees, exhibitors, and the media. We think this award will draw a lot of attention to the emerging category and the brands who are helping to drive it forward.”

Entries will be evaluated based on their specifications first, with points awarded for light weight and a few other desirable features. To reiterate, frame size needed is 57 cm top tube with a 10 cm stem, or similar to get the same reach. (Assumes a 72 deg. seat tube angle). Aesthetics also will play a small role, but these will be evaluated separately and used only as a tiebreaker in the final score.

Randonneur bikes must be able to cover varied terrain efficiently, on a variety of (usually paved) road surfaces. A good randonneur bike allows its rider to be fast both on and off the bike. It must offer excellent performance, but also limit the rider’s fatigue. Lighting must offer at least 24 hours of run time before the need for recharging. Autonomous lighting – powered by the rider or perhaps solar panels – is a plus. Luggage should be accessible while riding, or at least without dismounting the bike, to reduce the need for stopping. There must be space for a long-sleeve jersey, tights, gloves, rain jacket, 8 energy bars and 3 small bottles of liquid meal replacement (Ensure or similar), plus 2 inner tubes. Provisions must be provided to fix 3 flat tires – either a pump or 3 CO2 cartridges.

The Rando Shootout is a great opportunity for builders to show that their bikes not only look good, but also ride well. With the growing interest in randonneuring, touring and gravel riding, this type of bike has a strong following that will only continue to grow. Enter today by emailing: Randoshootout@handmadebicycleshow.com


Screen Shot 2016-01-21 at 11.41.13 AM    Award Spotlight: Steve HED Award

NAHBS to honor Steve Hed with new award in his name. First-ever H.E.D. annual award pays tribute to late cycling icon’s genius and personality. Humanitarianism. Excellence. Direction: These are the three key characteristics of the late Steve Hed that NAHBS will use as criteria for the inaugural H.E.D annual award at this February’s show. The first award will be given posthumously to Steve and presented to his wife Anne at the show, to be held at the Sacramento Convention Center in California.

Future annual awards will be presented to frame builders, industry veterans, or athletes who over the course of an entire career have best exemplified the creative genius, humanitarianism and gregariousness of this legendary figure and his brand HED Cycling.

Entry submissions must be made through the WP admin area of the NAHBS website using the NAHBS Awards Entries.


Screen Shot 2016-01-21 at 11.42.59 AM   Award Spotlight: Campy Award

Campagnolo returns as a sponsor for show in February, and will again offer the “Best Campagnolo-Equipped Bike” award!

Any exhibitors’ bikes built-up mostly with Campy parts are eligible, and can be displayed at the Campy booth throughout the show. QBP will even offer discounted groups and parts to exhibitors who want to enter the contest. Enter today!

Entry submissions must be made through the WP admin area of the NAHBS website using the NAHBS Awards Entries.


Screen Shot 2016-01-21 at 11.44.42 AM  Reminder! 2016 ATTENDEE REGISTRATION

Know someone who still needs to register? Register for our 2016 show HERE!

If you have any questions about signing up for the show, please email Robin at registration@handmadebicycleshow.com.

Any media questions should be sent to Maria Hennessey at maria@smakstrategies.com.

Thanks and we’ll look forward to seeing you in Sacramento!


ABOUT NAHBS

Established in 2005, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is the largest and most widely accessible destination for frame builders to share their passion with cycling enthusiasts and supporters. It aims to be a meeting point – both online and in person- for frame builders and consumers looking for custom-made bikes, for the sharing of ideas, and the promotion of a special industry with a rich history dating back to 1819. NAHBS moves from city to city each year. For more information on the 2016 show, please visit http://www.2016.handmadebicycleshow.com

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MEDIA CONTACT

Maria Hennessey, SMAK Strategies

303.859.3317

maria@smakstrategies.com


We look forward to seeing you in February!

Sincerely,

Don Walker

Don Walker,  Founder and President