Yeah, I`ve been to Vegas before. In some ways that place never changes.....but going to Interbike was a first for me. Quite literally, what a whirlwind of a trip that was! Three Days, three nights, all non-stop. It was hours and hours on the feet, walking and walking all day (and night) ---and nowhere near enough sleep to counter all the actvity!
I was there with Mike Tamayo and Rachel Heal from Victory Brewing, and we basically did a fair share of handshaking and thanking to all the folks who made it possible for us to ride such killer equipment and use such great products this past season!
In fact, we were so busy buzzing around to our sponsors that I hardly got to take a look at the other booths to see what the "new buzz" is in the industry.
So from my end, not a whole lot to report about new products out there. I have a little picture gallery of some of the stuff we did at Interbike, but sorry folks I didn`t bring my camera out to The Sinclair Party, or any other outing after sundown. But I can tell you....it was a very good time cutting loose with a bunch of other cycling crazed people. Let me paint the picture of three nights out in Vegas for you -- it was a perfect mix of great people, tasty food, awesome mojitos, and good beats. And it seemed like every night out lasted practically all night long.....but you`d never know it because that town never shuts down, right? It might pay to wear a watch, but then again...maybe not :)
Ok, so back to the little picture gallery from some of the stuff we did and things that we saw:
here`s rachel hanging out at the cane creek booth. love those wheels...
here`s a sweet poster of yoisten rockin the time trial at toona-
below is my brother todd`s kick ass booth -- se bikes. i hope those of you that went, took my advice and went to check out the goods.
plus, brother todd himself, working his magic..
a surprising, yet pleasant find at the voler booth. didn`t know they were using a shot of me. that was cool. maybe i should have put my fist in the air. i would have been like neil shirley, who was rumored to have stood by his poster all day long with both arms raised in victory :) hope he didn`t wear himself out!
ok. by far....one of the coolest things ever. if you don`t know about cycling.tv --you should. not only is cycling tv cool, but so are the folks who run it. AND they had food and beer at their booth. uh-huh...important elements for long days at the trade show. that`s rachel being interviewed. you can go see it in the archives on cycling.tv
and then there was the infamous sram booth. rachel and i spent our time being surrouned by loads of men screamimg our names... that`s what we get when we got the goods --shwag that is. we must`ve cleared out five or six big boxes full of t-shirts, hats, socks, and arm bands. the crowds were wild for the stuff! oh yeah...sram had beer too :) sierra nevada of course.
ummm....i was known to hit more than a few folks in the head with my shwag tosses. i think mr. zellman thought i was aiming for him because i must have nailed him at least four or five times!(and i knocked over somebody`s beer). hey, what can i say...they didn`t give us any practice time!
and lastly, this would be the sram force crank arm table. the place where battles were won and lost. i`m not sure how i got roped into arm wrestling two days in a row.... but anyway, i ended up 1-1. it`s all about the lever. or so i`m told.....
fun fun fun interbike 2006.