What is DRAFT – A PeopleForBikes Meetup

What is DRAFT?

DRAFT is a local gathering of the cycling industry in cities and towns across the US, hosted with the help of PeopleForBikes. Our goals are simple, to start conversations and bring people & brands together. Frequently we only meet at trade shows like Interbike and Outdoor Retailer, we want to change that. PeopleForBikes believes we are stronger together and want to use DRAFT as a hub for conversation, networking, and the sharing of ideas.

The Structure

DRAFT events are light on programming and heavy on conversation. The event starts off with a welcome and announcements from the audience before diving into the main event. Modeled after meetups in the tech industry, four speakers will each get 5-minutes to speak on a topic of their choice followed by a 5-minute Q&A. Once the speakers have finished the rest of the evening is for mingling, networking, and conversations.

Who are the speakers?

Speakers come from across the cycling industry. If you want to speak, head over to the DRAFT web page and fill out a form at the bottom. In the past, we have had speakers from the following brands:

  • Mavic
  • Rotor
  • Elevated Adventure Company
  • ZWIFT
  • Metier Velo
  • Sierra Club
  • National Ability Center
  • Royal Street Ventures
  • Park City Bike Demos
  • Mountain Vista Tours
  • Fezzari Bikes

Find a DRAFT near you

DRAFT events are held across the country. You can find events in your area by heading over to the DRAFT Facebook page where we keep a list of upcoming events. Don’t find your city on the map?┬áPeopleForBikes has an amazing collection of resources for anyone thinking about hosting a DRAFT event.

Have you been to a DRAFT event? Have questions about what to expect if it is your first one? Leave a comment and let us know your thought.

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