From 5th to 10th October, the bicycle will take centre stage in Barcelona. For the first time, the same city will simultaneously host three conferences about cycling: the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference, the XVIII Iberian Congress 'The Bicycle and the City' and the 7th International Bicycle Conference. All three events will include exhibition spaces, meetings between professionals, technical visits and a wide range of activities.

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference (5-7 October) will be an in-person event and all necessary security measures will be guaranteed in accordance with the evolution of the pandemic and the COVID-19 protocols to be fixed at the time. An online platform will also be provided for those who wish to follow the three congresses virtually.

Registration is open!

You can register now for in-person tickets for the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference or a joint fee to also take part of the XVIII Iberian Congress and 7th International Bicycle Conference.



On the CICLOBCN21 website you can find all the latest information related to the three congresses. It has recently been updated with information on the emerging programmes and the keynote speakers who will be bringing their knowledge and experiences to the discussions. The programme of the conference is available here.


An important part of the EuroVelo and Cycling Tourism Conference 2021 are the technical visits. These offer the delegates a great opportunity to jump on a bike and learn about the development of cycling tourism directly in the field. Various tours have been prepared, many of which take in part of the itinerary of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route as well as other important locations in and around Barcelona. You can find more details on these field visits on the website. Chose your favourite option and sign-up via the registration form.

The EuroVelo and Cycling Tourism Conference in Barcelona

The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) has joined forces with a committee formed by the Government of Catalonia, the Barcelona City Council, the Barcelona Provincial Council, the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and the Federation of Bicycle Users of Catalonia (FEMBici) to organise the fifth edition of the EuroVelo and Cycling Tourism Conference. The EuroVelo Conference gathers professionals from the tourism and cycle tourism sectors from all around the world to discuss this growing market that employs over 500,000 Europeans and generates an economic impact of over 44 billion euros to the European economy every year.

This year edition will coincide with the launch of fully developed and signed route of EuroVelo 8 - Mediterranean Route in Barcelona. The EuroVelo Conference Field Visits will give you the chance to cycle the newly developed sections of EuroVelo 8 along Barcelona’s iconic coastline.

While the original plans were to organise the EuroVelo and Cycling Tourism Conference in 2020, the COVID-19 crisis resulted in a postponement by twelve months to guarantee the safety of the event. The conference will now take place as a physical event from the 5th to the 7th October 2021, with the possibility to follow it virtually for those who can't attend in-person.

Previous editions of the Conference took place in Belgian Limburg (2018), Vienna (2016), Basel (2014) and Nantes (2012). In 2020, ECF selected Barcelona from 10 candidate European cities and regions to host the EuroVelo and Cycling Tourism Conference 2021.

The ECO-CICLE project at the EuroVelo & Cycling Tourism Conference

ECO-CICLE will be featured in the parallel session 1, Thematic axis 1: Healthy and sustainable cycling experiences, from 11:30 to 13:00 on Wednesday 5 October. The session will be moderated by Florence Grégoire from the European Cyclists' Federation.

More information, as well as the presentations' slides, can be found on the Conference's website.

See also the article on this session on the EuroVelo website.