Building Bilateral Relations through Biking: Cycling with Utah and Taiwan

Mayor Mike Caldwell is in Taiwan getting an up-close look at the bicycle industry as he and other City officers pitch Ogden as a cycle city to suppliers at the Taipei Cycle Show.

June 7, 2013

"As an avid cyclist and ambassador for Ogden, I'd like to see more big players in the cycling world call Ogden home," said Mayor Mike Caldwell. "I hope my visit here will convince a few more brands to join our already burgeoning bike industry."

Ogden has added several bicycle suppliers in the last eight years including; Quality Bicycle Products, TRP/Tektro, Scott Sports, ENVE Composites and Amer Sports.

Ogden City Business Development Manager Stephen Fishburn and Todd Brightwell with the Economic Development Corporation of Utah are spending a week with Caldwell in Taiwan visiting factories and selling other companies the benefits of coming to Ogden.

"Our biggest selling point is that we can go from city to mountain within minutes," Caldwell said. "We boast three major ski resorts, hundreds of miles of mountain trails and two rivers that converge near downtown offering an eclectic city life that caters to the outdoor crowd. Our growth in the outdoor industry employs about 2500 people in Ogden, and benefits about 9,000 others indirectly."

Caldwell and the others will meet with city officials in Taichung on Friday, which is the center of bike manufacturing in Taiwan. The trio hopes to discuss the possibility of developing a "sister city" with Ogden and establishing it as the North American cycling cluster.

Reported by the Utah Ogden City Business Development