Once again over 4000 eager cyclists are preparing to line up, not to ride, but for the mid-Atlantic s biggest bicycle swap and consumer expo series. The STOP, SWAP AND SAVE has become one of the east coast s most eagerly anticipated cycling events, according to Bruce Culver, the event s founder and co-promoter.
Culver, who started the event with a college friend more than ten years ago, now promotes the series with his wife, Robin. What started as a way to get local cyclists together during the coldest part of the year has turned into an event that attracts thousands of cyclists, bike shops, manufacturers, and fitness enthusiasts together under one roof. The event really generates a lot of interest in cycling in our county said Steve Bechtel, manager of Race Pace Bicycles in Westminster, MD, one of two locations that hosts the series. Although most people come to buy or sell, there really is something for everyone, including vintage bike displays, cycling advocacy groups and free consumer seminars.
The event has received enthusiastic support from cyclists throughout the mid-Atlantic and has grown to include events in Maryland and Virginia. Although the majority of SWAP participants are local, vendors and consumers travel each year from as far away as Florida, New York, Maine and Utah to attend.
“We are excited to have a greater number of non-profit organizations coming this year”, noted Robin Culver, who handles vendor registration for the event. Among this year s attendees are Team in Training, a division of the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation that raises money for cancer research through athlete training and Bikes For The World, an organization that provides donated bicycles to third world countries where they are used as primary transportation. It s a great opportunity for us to meet face to face with cyclists and tri-athletes who might be interested in joining our programs, explained Michael Schaeffer, Senior Campaign Manager with Team in Training.
This year’s Maryland event will take place on Sunday, February 14th at the Carroll County Agricultural Center in Westminster. The Virginia event will be held at the Chesterfield Fairgrounds in Chesterfield, Virginia on Sunday, March 7th. Admission to the events is $5 and includes thousands of cycling products, displays, memorabilia and more.
For complete information on the STOP, SWAP AND SAVE, please visit www.stopswapandsave.com.