The Eurobike Award is one of the most prestigious design awards in the bicycle industry that a company can receive for its products. Yesterday evening, 56 manufacturers celebrated in style after learning that their new products had been awarded the illustrious seal of quality at the leading international bicycle industry trade show. Eleven of them received a Gold Award and one company was given a Green Award for a product that represents not only outstanding design, but also sets a new benchmark for sustainability.
This year saw 500 hopeful entries for the Eurobike Award. The industry design award was organised for the first time in association with the German Designer Club (DDC) and the six-person expert panel selected 56 products to receive a Eurobike Award. During the award ceremony yesterday, at the end of the first day of the show, it was revealed which products had won a Gold Award or a Green Award.
“The Eurobike Award denotes products that represent outstanding design, quality and functionality. However, even within this select group, there are products that stand out. These exceptional products set new standards and push the envelope in the industry. They are the winners of the Eurobike Gold Awards,” explained Stefan Reisinger, Head of OutDoor/Eurobike, Messe Friedrichshafen.
Felix Boehlken has been an editor at Motor Presse Stuttgart since 2001. He was a member of the MountainBIKE magazine team for five years before moving to help found RoadBIKE magazine. Right from the start Felix Boehlken was involved at the publishers in introducing and developing innovative bike and equipment testing methods, some of which have gone on to become industry standard. He is an enthusiastic mountain biker and downhill fan – who has crossed the Alps on both MTB and road bike.
Bernd-Uwe Gutknecht is an ARD Sport reporter who has worked in journalism for over 25 years. He has interviewed hundreds of people, heard hundreds of stories and told hundreds of stories himself. He holds a degree in sports science and his specialist areas are sport, travel and science. In addition, he is a triathlete who has completed, among other things, three Ironman triathlons, and is an enthusiastic cyclist who has competed in the Oetztal Cycle Marathon. Since 2003 he is regularly involved at the Eurobike as a reporter or moderator.
Claudia Maiwald is General Secretary Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD - the German association for sustainable mobility). As an industrial designer, she has been actively involved in environmental and climate protection for over 20 years. Cycling is one of her main focuses. Maiwald uses a bicycle for nearly 100 percent of her own daily transport requirements. On a recent longer cycling trip, she rode the Berlin - Copenhagen Cycle Route to the Danish capital, where she thoroughly tested the city’s extensive and innovative infrastructure. “Cycling is fun, keeps you fit and is good for the environment – promoting cycling is far-sighted and is crucial for the future of our cities,” she says.
Pete Mijnssen is publisher and editor-in-chief of Velojournal, Switzerland’s most popular cycling magazine. He’s been involved in the bicycle industry for 25 years and is still passionate about what he describes as the superior mode of personal transport. In his opinion, bicycles are the most important and practical form of urban transport. He also rides a racing bike for training purposes and enjoys taking part in fun races. For the mountains, he prefers his touring bike or his mountain bike.
Nils Holger Moormann is a designer and lives and works in Aschau am Chiemsee, Germany. Fascinated by design, he broke off his law studies in the early 1980s and moved as a self-taught expert into the furniture industry. In 1984, Nils Holger Moormann founded his own company – which now has an internationally respected and multiple award-winning furniture collection. He is a passionate cyclist.
Markus Walcher joined the family business, Fahrrad XXL Walcher, in 2011. He has been joint managing director together with his father since 2012. Outside of work he is also an active cyclist – mountain biking in winter and on his road bike in the summer. Apart from the sporting benefits, he sees cycling as important way of maintaining a work-life balance and clearing the mind. It also gives him the chance to test out products himself. Fahrrad XXL Walcher has company premises of over 10,000 m², up to 11,500 bicycles and 48 employees.