IPMBA Annual Conference

Location and Logistics

27th Annual IPMBA Conference ~ June 5-10, 2017 ~ Delaware, Ohio

How to Register.  View Details Online.  Register Online (attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors). 


Ohio Wesleyan University, 40 Rowland Avenue, Delaware, Ohio 43015


Ohio Wesleyan University Residence Halls

You MUST book residence hall rooms online

Rate:  $50 per person per night (2-3 people per suite) or $35 per person per night (four people per suite).  Payment may be made in advance after booking by calling OWU Public Safety Officer Ramon Walls at 740-203-1135, or upon arrival.  Forms of payment:  MC, Visa, Discover, American Express.  No checks. 

The dormitories at Ohio Wesleyan University are suites, not the traditional bathroom-down-the-hall-style dorms.  The suites are comprised of two private bedrooms containing two beds in each room, holding up to four guests per suite.  The bedrooms share one bathroom.  Each occupant has his/her own bed, desk, dresser, and closet.  Prices are per-person, not per room, and include full breakfast, linen package (bath towel, washcloth, pillow and case, sheets, blanket), password-protected WiFi, laundry facilities (bring your own soap), and parking.  There are no televisions, alarm clocks, toiletries, coffee makers, or other amenities typically found in hotel rooms.  Housekeeping services are not provided.  Dorms have air-conditioning, elevators, and common areas equipped with mini-refrigerators and microwaves.  Click here for additional details, terms, and conditions. 

Conference Hotel (local shuttle service not provided)

Pacer Inn and Suites (half-mile); 259 S. Sandusky Street.  $80 + 16% tax.  Call 740-362-0050 and mention IPMBA when booking.  This rate is not available online.  Cutoff:  May 1, 2017, or sellout. **As of March 10, 2017, the Pacer Inn is SOLD OUT on June 8 and 9.  There is limited availability June 3-7.**


By Air
The John Glenn Columbus International AIrport, approximately 35 miles/40 minutes from Delaware, is served by Air Canada Express, American/American Eagle, Delta/Delta Connection, Frontier, Southwest, United/United Express, and USAirways.  It offers non-stop flights and easy connections through many major US hubs.

Shuttle Service 
Shuttle service from John Glenn Airport will be provided by the host agency.  You MUST register in advance for shuttle service (arrival and departure) on the 2017 IPMBA Conference Airport Shuttle page.  There will be a reception area at the airport for arriving conference attendees at the airport on peak arrival days. 

By Auto
Delaware is located approximately 30 miles north of Columbus, Ohio.  It is an easy drive from most of the eastern and midwestern United States.  It is accessible via I-70 and I-71, and U.S. 23 and 42.  It is within 120 miles of Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, and Toledo; 200 of Detroit, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh; 300 of Chicago and Louisville; and 500 of Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Louisville, Milwaukee, Nashville, Philadelphia, Richmond, Saint Louis, and Washington DC. 

Bike Shipping

Breakaway Cycling

Contact:  Phone:  740-363-3232.  You must call Breakaway by May 1, 2017, to make arrangements for shipping and other services.  Do not just ship your bike.  
Package Includes:  Storage, assembly and adjustment, delivery to and pick-up from conference site, disassembly, and packing.  Printing a return label when scheduling your shipment via UPS or FEDEX or arranging shipping via Bike Flights is required.  
Cost:  $175, return shipping NOT included.  Bicycles will be repacked in the packaging in which they arrive.  Attach your name and contact information to the frame.  Do not ship personal items with the bike.  Book Now
Shipping Address:  We recommend shipping your bike at least fourteen business days prior to your date of arrival.  Any bikes received three days or closer to the event may be subject to a rush fee of $50. 

Ship to: 

27th Annual IPMBA Conference
c/o Breakaway Cycling
17 W. William Street
Delaware OH 43015

Arrival Date:  [DATE YOU WILL ARRIVE in Delaware so your bike build can be prioritized]. 

For more information about packing and shipping your bicycle, as well as to compare options for shipping and flying with your bike, visit www.bikeflights.com.  (Wren Nealy writes, "I used this service last year and it was AWESOME and very affordable.") 

How to Pack A Bicycle for Shipping, courtesy Bike Flights

Bike Rentals

Bicycle rentals are not available.


Delaware, Ohio, is a study in contrasts.  The city appreciates its history, preserving historic buildings in a downtown still very much resembling its 19th century origins.  Delaware also boasts a "funky" side, evidenced by an eclectic mix of retail shopping, dining options, and cultural offerings that range from music and art to harness racing and farmers' markets.  

Downtown is one of the City's most defining elements because it is an intact historic business district, parts of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The city is a Certified Local Government (US Department of the Interior), a Main Street Community (National Trust and Downtown Ohio Inc.), and in 2004 was designated one of the first Preserve America Communities by the White House.  Delaware has been honored with a "Best Hometown" designation from Ohio Magazine.  

Ohio Wesleyan University, chartered in 1842, occupies 200 acres adjacent to downtown Delaware.  A private, liberal arts college, OWU (oh-WOO), boasts a rigorous curriculum, strong mentoring relationships, and a host of experiential learning opportunities for students.  

The campus has a mix of historic and modern buildings, and dozens of stairs, curbs, and other built obstacles ideal for bike training.  

For more information about all the fun things to see and do, visit Delaware, Ohio!