IBFI Asia 2019
We’re really excited to announce our first conference. Next month we’ll be hosting fitters from around the world in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference will take place at Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi hotel in Bangkok on September 16 and 17, followed by a 1-day masterclass with Steve Hogg on September 18.
We realise it’s short notice, but the opportunity to host the event was too good to pass up. The role of the IBFI has always been to promote education opportunities worldwide and we’re really proud to launch our first event in East Asia.
Below is the conference schedule, followed by a few of the suggested workshop titles.
- Andy Brooke (President of the IBFI) – statograph, measuring centre of mass in cycling
- Winston Tam (International bike fit educator) – the business of bike fit
- Steve Hogg (One of the world’s leading fitters) – title TBC
What’s an unconference session?
An unconference session is a semi-structured group discussion. The sessions will break off into 4 groups with each discussing a different topic. The chair of the group will then summarise the key points of their discussion back to whole group during the final session of the day.
For the unconference session on day 1, the topics will include: small rider and small bikes, fitting the heavier rider, and bike fit hacks – tips to help speed up your fitting and make it more accurate.
For day 2, the session topics will be suggested by delegates and we’ll discuss the most popular 4 after a quick show of hands. The topics can be anything you’d like to discuss, ideas you’ve had that you want feedback on, questions you can’t find an answer to, or complicated fit problems that you’d like a consensus opinion on.
There are lots of contentious issues in bike fitting and we’re hopeful these unconference sessions will be a great way of creating some debate and maybe even taking a few steps towards finding some answers we don’t currently have!
One of the most valuable aspects of international conferences like this, is the ability to network, create links with other fitters and ask questions in an informal environment. We’ve tried to ensure there will be plenty of time for this during the conference and encourage you all to chat and share your experiences of bike fitting. The speakers will all be available throughout the day and plenty of time will be offered at the end of each session to ask questions.
IBFI Masterclass with Steve Hogg
We’re incredibly lucky to have one of the best bike fitters in the world running a 1-day masterclass after the conference. Steve Hogg trains some of the best fitters in the world, offering courses that last 3 weeks. This masterclass is an amazing opportunity to see a snapshot of the unique skills Steve teaches, a one-day exclusive insight into the mind of one of the world’s best fitters.
Places on the workshop are limited to just 20 participants and attendees are asked to bring along a forefoot measuring device, if they have one. Places are restricted to conference attendees.
To book your place on the masterclass, please specify in your booking email (see below) that you would like to attend both the conference and the masterclass. Places will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis and we expect the event to sell out quickly.
The event is being held at Le Meridian Suvarnabhumi in Bangkok, a fantastic golf resort and spa hotel. As a delegate of the conference, you can access a discounted rate with the hotel costing just 3990THB per night – just mention the IBFI Asia conference when booking.
“Ideally nestled between Bangkok city centre and Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa provides hotel guests with easy access to Bangkok’s many points of interest. From rich cultural treasures to electric nightlife opportunities to world-class recreational activities, Bangkok is a city of limitless possibilities. Here, visitors can immerse themselves in ancient Thai culture, archaeology and craftsmanship while also revelling in colourful dining and lively nightlife.
A five-star hotel in the centre of nature, Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa is uniquely situated to embrace the many sides of Bangkok. Explore just some of our favourite things to do, below.”
Alternative local accommodation is available but Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi is capable to hosting all our delegates.
Getting to the event
The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service from downtown Bangkok to the hotel (advance reservation is required).
By air – the local international airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport, offers regular flights to numerous destinations around the world. The hotel is located a short 20-minute drive from the airport.
Pricing and how to book your place
The conference will cost 9000THB (around $300 USD) for both days. The event is designed to promote bike fitting and bike fit education in East Asia, so delegates from East Asia will pay a discounted rate of just 7000THB for both days.
You can book your place by emailing your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you a PayPal invoice electronically. Registration is only complete and valid upon full payment.
Coffee and refreshments will be available mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and lunch is included in the price.
Cancellation & reimbursement
Due to the short time frame, any cancelled bookings cannot be refunded. Hotel accommodation is not the responsibility of the IBFI and all cancellations must be taken up with the hotel and be carried out in line with their cancellation policies.
The IBFI reserves the right to adjust the schedule and list of speakers according to needs.
Cancellation of speakers / items on the agenda due to unforeseeable events as well as reimbursement of travel costs and registration fees due to visa problems or similar limitations are not the responsibility of the IBFI.
There are three seasons in Thailand. The rainy season (June to October) is when the conference will be running, and you can expect monthly average temperatures of approximately 24-32 degree Celsius (and rain!).
The dress code for the conference will be casual or smart-casual. Clothing made of light fabrics, such as cotton, linen, is suitable for outdoors in warm and humid climates.
The conference will be conducted in English. However, simultaneous translation from English to Thai will be provided where possible. In Thailand, the standard Thai language is used, while English is a mandatory subject in public schools and is widely spoken and understood in business and tourist areas. Spoken and written Thai is largely incomprehensible to casual visitors. However, English is widely understood, particularly in Bangkok where it is almost the major commercial language. English and some European languages are spoken in most hotels, shops and restaurants in major tourist destinations, and Thai-English road and street signs are found nationwide.
The time in Thailand is seven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+7).
The Thai currency is called “Baht”. One baht is divided into 100 Satang. Coins consist of 25 Satang, 50 Satang, one Bath, 2 Bath, 5 Baht and 10 baht. Bank notes are in 20 (green), 50 (blue), 100 (red), 500 (purple) and 1,000 (grey) baht. Currency exchange counters are available at the airport in and out of the arrival hall. Exchange rate at the airport is generally similar to exchange counters in town. The rates may be a bit better than that in hotels.
Major credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, Master and Visa are wildly used and accepted. 3-5 percent additional charge may be applied in some stores. Please check with the stores before using.
Most commercial concerns in Bangkok operate on a five-day week, usually from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Many stores open seven days a week from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. Government offices are generally open between 8.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. with a noon to 1.00 p.m. lunch break, Mondays to Fridays except on public holidays. Banks are open Mondays to Fridays from 9.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. except on public holidays. Electricity: 220 Volt.
Citizens of some countries, holding valid passports or travel documents, are entitled to visit Thailand for the purpose of pleasure for a period of 30 days without applying for a visa. Citizens of some countries can apply for a 30-day visa upon arrival. However, please check with the Royal Thai Embassy nearest to you. If visa is needed, please ensure that your visa application is approved prior to your departure. Please visit the website of Thai Ministry of Foreign Affair for more information (http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/4908)
Registered Taxi / Limousine queue is located outside of the arrival hall at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Taxi has a meter and the fare will start at 35 baht. It takes approximately 20-30 minutes from the airport to the conference venue, depending on traffic condition. It is recommended that you arrive at the airport 2 hours before your flight departure.