100,000 Visitors at the Vienna Bike Festival
Perfect weather and a programme for truly every cyclist ensured a packed City Hall Square in Vienna on 11 and 12 April. Not even the Vienna City Marathon held on the same weekend was able to put a brake on the huge number of visitors to Austria’s biggest public bike fair.
The team that runs the ARGUS Bike Festival Vienna has a lot of experience. Headed up by Martin Friedl, the cycling lobby organises a festival of the very highest standard. 100,000 visitors says it all. A weekend totally dedicated to the bicycle, a weekend that also sparkled in the early summer weather.
Vienna Air King turns 10
The Vienna Air King dirt jump event accounted for a large proportion of the available visitor capacity. The course alone attracted attention: around 1,200 tonnes of soil were formed into mighty jump hills by the crew from Balzamico Trail Design in just four days. As part of the FMB World Tour, some of the best riders on the dirt jump scene were represented at the tenth anniversary of the event. From City Hall to the Burgtheater, the professionals demonstrated tricks of the very highest calibre. The crowd’s darling Antoine Bizet jumped an incredible 16 backflips in the one-hour Best Trick Contest, including a number of double backflips. However, the title of best trick went to the Corked 720 (double rotation around one’s own axis) performed by the American Nicholi Rogatkin, who was also crowned Vienna Air King on Sunday.
Bike Fair Programme for every cyclist
A pump track for the very youngest, advice for urban cyclists from ARGUS, a test course for electric bike cyclists and trial shows by Dominik Raab. The ARGUS Bike Festival Vienna fulfilled every cyclist’s every wish. There was already an active crush at the FALTER bicycle flea market in the early morning. Numerous bike curiosities (eccentrically spoked wheels, two-seaters, etc.) were on hand to be tried out and even conjured up a broad grin on the face of the dirt jump professionals between their runs. Those who found the hustle and bustle too much could take a break in the nearby park.
Bike Festival at its zenith
The yearly bike fair attracts more cycling enthusiasts than any other event in Austria. It has been a festival for cyclists of every kind for 17 years. Capacity limits were exhausted for the first time three years ago, since when the festival has remained constantly at its zenith.
Photos by Friedrich Simon Kugi