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by James Huang
June 9, 2020
And another ones bites the dust — at least for now.
After initially announcing earlier this year a postponement from May to October, UK handmade bicycle show Bespoked has announced that it is now canceling its 2020 show entirely, just as the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) stated last week.
“It is with regret and a heavy heart that we have to announce the second postponement of Bespoked #10,” read a press release that was just sent this morning. “Due to the continuing uncertainty regarding Covid-19 and exposure to people visiting large-scale events, we are unhappy to risk the safety of our visitors and exhibitors in promoting and holding a show this October.
“We have also received the following statement from Bristol City Council this week, informing us that it is ‘very unlikely the venue (Brunel’s Old Station/Passenger Shed) will reopen for business’.”
Currently, the plan is for the show to kick off some time around “spring 2021”, with a new venue and exact dates to be announced in the coming weeks. Ticket sales have been put on pause as well until more concrete plans have been formalized.
“We hope that in making an early call on postponing the show that we can limit the financial impact this has for all concerned. We recognise that many people have already rearranged travel and accommodation plans and for this we apologise.
“Bespoked is a celebration of the global cycling community, and for us to happily and safely mark a decade of gathering the world’s best handcrafted bicycles and their makers together under one roof, we need to ensure it will happen in a way we can all look forwards to and be excited about.”
More information can be found at bespoked.cc.