On September 26th and 27th of this year, the sixth edition of the BAM!, the European gathering of bicycle travellers, took place. It was the first in the “Campfire” edition, with a limited number of participants, due to the pandemic. Over 400 travellers from all over Italy pitched their tents around the hut after cycling for several days, fully respecting the spirit of the event, where you don’t arrive by car, but only by taking a trip and sharing the road with someone.
Despite the COVID-19 regulations, the cold temperatures, a splash of snow and the wind, the program of meetings, music and presentations was enthusiastic and the most festive part of the gathering continued well after midnight.
Also present were some companies that talked with the travelers, such as Vaude, Sea to Summit, Scott, Bergamont, Cinelli, Rodeo, and Campagnolo, which presented the world “premiere” of the new Ekar groupset, also designed for travelers. Numerous guests, such as Filippo Graglia, who told of his journey from north to south across Africa, Daniele and Simona of Becycling, who are back in Italy after six years and 55,000 km of riding; Renata Andolfi, who spoke about the Himalayas by bike; and also people like Fabio “Wolf” Guglierminotti, who uses the bike to fight sclerosis.
However, the spirit of the event is not only about giving space to those who have crossed the world by bike, but also about creating culture, sharing experiences and sensations, and bringing new people closer to the excitement of traveling by bicycle. BAM! was also an opportunity to take stock of the bike travel world, fueling a discussion between enthusiasts, journalists, companies, and local representatives at a time when tourism can’t ignore the opportunity offered by bicycle travellers.
“It was a perfect event,” said the organizers, “and for us it confirms that people are increasingly looking for authentic experiences. We’re considering keeping this formula in addition to the traditional BAM!”. The next edition of BAM! will be in 2021, the exact dates to be determined, and it will return to the shores of the Mantua Lakes.
Check out the 2019 BAM! event recap here.
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