Monterey, Calif. -- Some of the biggest bicycle advocacy leaders in the country have gathered here in this oceanside community to talk bicycle advocacy leadership -- just part of the Sea Otter Bicycle Classic that is set for this weekend.
I am happy to get an invitation to this conference, respresenting SWFBUD -- South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers.
I'm here for SWFBUD because we are receiving a national award for our retail advocacy work in the Tampa Bay area from Bicycle Retailer, the national magazine that covers the bicycle industry.
I'm lucky to be here and I hope to pick up some vital tips and advice on advancing and growing bicycling in the Tampa Bay area.
I will be sticking around after the bicycle leadership conference to catch the Sea Otter Classic, a terrific bicycle festival that draws upwards to 20,000 folks. There are bike races and also great vendors and a terrific bicycle scene and culture. I hope to also pick up a few tips to hopefully enhance the Bicycle Bash by the Bay, which is set for Oct. 11 in St. Petersburg this year.
David Luppino, owner of the new Just Ride Bicycles in Fish Hawk and former CBE owner and Oliver's part owner, is in town and it will be fun to hook up with David here at Sea Otter. With David is Tammy, who works for SWFBUD store Suncoast Trailside Bicycles. David also used to own part of STB.
The leadership conference begins in earnest on Thursday and stay tuned for updates throughout the day.