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The 2016 National Bicycle Tourism Conference will be held November 2-5 at the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida!

The first sessions announced for the 2016 Conference:

Dirty-KanzaSuccess Story: Dirty Kanza
Jim Cummins (Executive Director of Dirty Kanza)

Casey Woods (Executive Director of Emporia Main Street)

All-Road riding, or “Gravel Grinding,” is widely considered to be the fastest-growing and most important genre in bicycling today. When the cycling industry talks “Gravel,” the discussion almost always begins… and ends… with “Dirty Kanza.” Jim Cummins (Executive Director of Dirty Kanza) and Casey Woods (Executive Director of Emporia Main Street) will talk about the success of Dirty Kanza and what it has meant to the town of Emporia, Kansas, to host this influential and exceedingly-popular event.

ridgelandSouthern Spokes: Two Southern Mayors Talk About Bike Tourism
Mayor Gene McGee (Ridgeland, Mississippi) 
Mayor Blake Sanders (West Pelzer, South Carolina)

Join Mayor Gene McGee (Ridgeland, Mississippi) and Mayor Blake Sanders (West Pelzer, South Carolina) for a discussion about bike tourism in their communities. From the Natchez Trace Century Ride to the Swamp Rabbit Trail, learn how Mayors McGee and Sanders have embraced cycling and how it has impacted their towns.

BTN_2016FinalLogoThe Bicycle Tour Network holds an annual national conference that allows bicycle event professionals and tourism professionals to meet and network with each other. The conference includes lectures, interactive sessions, group discussions and breakouts with a variety of topics related to the successful and safe administration of cycling events and tours and promotion of bicycle tourism.  The conference also features a vendor expo giving companies an opportunity to market directly to the ride directors and bicycle tourism professionals.

The Conference also serves as their annual meeting for the Bicycle Tour Network member organizations.

Why Attend the National Bicycle Tourism Conference?

  • Improve your bicycle event’s performance and bottom line!
  • Stay current of key issues and economic drivers in the bicycle tourism and events industry
  • Expand your knowledge with interactive educational sessions
  • Network with leaders in the bicycle tourism and bicycle event industry


Registration is Now Open:

  • Early-Bird Registration Fees: $325/$350 (members/non-members)
  • One Day Registration Fee: $175
  • Bicycle Tour Network members save $25 on registration fees!

Last year, the conference was attended by nearly 250 bicycle event professionals, advocates, bike tourism leaders and cycling enthusiasts eager to learn and network with others in the bicycle industry.


The 2015 conference was held November 4-7, 2015 in San Diego, California.

Download/View the 2015 Conference Program
Download/View the 2015 Speaker Bios
Download/View the 2015 Attendees

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The BICYCLE TOUR NETWORK (BTN), formerly The National Bicycle Tour Directors Association (NBTDA) was formed over 25 years ago by a small core of ride directors for professional development, marketing and networking purposes.  It has grown to include more than 100 organizations that direct nearly 350 bicycle rides and tours across North America. The primary purpose of BTN is to bring together the directors, coordinators, and organizers of multi-day bicycle tours throughout North America, including Canada and Mexico, Europe, and Asia to share ideas, learn ways to improve their events and promote responsible cycling.


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