The premier European Cycling Tourism Conference took place in the Catalonian capital on the itinerary of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route.
From 5th to 10th October, the bicycle took centre stage in Barcelona. For the first time, the same city simultaneously hosted three conferences about cycling: the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference, the XVIII Iberian Congress 'The Bicycle and the City' and the 7th International Bicycle Conference.
The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference (5-7 October 2021) was an event with over 300 international participants joining in-person and over 60 participants joining online.
If you couldn't join us for the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference 2021 in Barcelona, or you would like to watch again a favourite presentation, you can now access videos of all the sessions at your own pace via the official CICLOBCN21 website.
The programme of the conference is available here.
You can read more about the higlights, insights and conclusions of the EuroVelo Conference in Barcelona in these articles:
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- Highlights of the largest ever EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference
- Barcelona provides a glamorous backdrop for networking opportunities and inspiring technical visits
The EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference in Barcelona
The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) joined forces with a committee formed by the Government of Catalonia, the Barcelona City Council, the Barcelona Provincial Council, the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and the Federation of Bicycle Users of Catalonia (FEMBici) to organise the fifth edition of the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference. The EuroVelo Conference gathers professionals from the tourism and cycle tourism sectors from all around the world to discuss this growing market that employs over 500,000 Europeans and generates an economic impact of over 44 billion euros to the European economy every year.
This year edition will coincide with the launch of fully developed and signed route of EuroVelo 8 - Mediterranean Route in Barcelona. The EuroVelo Conference Field Visits will give you the chance to cycle the newly developed sections of EuroVelo 8 along Barcelona’s iconic coastline.
While the original plans were to organise the EuroVelo and Cycling Tourism Conference in 2020, the COVID-19 crisis resulted in a postponement by twelve months to guarantee the safety of the event. The conference took place in-person from the 5th to the 7th October 2021, with the possibility to follow it virtually for those who couldn't attend.
Previous editions of the Conference took place in Belgian Limburg (2018), Vienna (2016), Basel (2014) and Nantes (2012). In 2020, ECF selected Barcelona from 10 candidate European cities and regions to host the EuroVelo and Cycling Tourism Conference 2021.
For more information, contact Marta Orihuel at [email protected].