The fourth edition of the BAM! Bicycle Adventure Meeting was a huge success, with over 5,000 visitors in just three days. Here is a quick recap from the organizers, as well as photo and video coverage from the event. It’s no surprise that BAM! is the largest European gathering of bike travelers, bike tourers, and bikepackers…

Posted by Miles Arbour

Photos provided by 3parentesi

BAM! – the European Bicycle Adventure Meeting – once again attracted bike enthusiasts from all over Italy and abroad this May. Over the course of three days, more than 5,000 people visited the BAM! village in Mantua, northern Italy.

Massive groups of bicycle travelers in colorful jerseys pedaled to the event, close to 600 of whom stayed in the event’s Campo Canoa camping area in a temporary city of over 400 tents. Beyond the many bicycle travelers who rode to the event, there was a diverse group of attendees – including many families with children – who arrived from various corners of Europe.

  • Bam! Bicycle Adventure Meeting
  • Bam! Bicycle Adventure Meeting

Bam! Bicycle Adventure Meeting

“We are excited about the success of BAM! in Mantua,” said city councilman Iacopo Rebecchi, “Thousands of cyclists have been able to know and appreciate our city… and many local people have approached the cycling world, we want to repeat this experience in the coming years to make Mantua one of the European capitals of cycling tourism.”

Bam! Bicycle Adventure Meeting

  • Bam! Bicycle Adventure Meeting
  • Bam! Bicycle Adventure Meeting

Attendees enjoyed a mix of workshops, group rides around the area, concerts, vendor booths, and presentations. The exciting atmosphere of the weekend has led some folks to refer to it as the European “Woodstock of bicycles.” The continued success of BAM! is a good indicator of the growing interest in the unique point of view afforded by bicycle travel.

Have a look at the recap videos for each day of BAM! below:

For more information on this year’s event check out the listing on our calendar and head over to the BAM! website for details on the 2019 event.

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