Pedrosfest '07 is here and, under almost unrelenting azure skies, the fun has begun. Using a new venue this year, the riders have more ready access to both the Jiminy Peak downhill runs, loads of Mountain bike trails, and some beautiful road rides, but how does it all start?
Thursday is the day for the vendors to come and set up their booths, and for them it is a quiet day of anticipation and expectation. Booth holders meet their neighbors, and the industry takes a moment to catch up with each others career changes like who has jumped ship from X company to Y, and what the latest scuttle but is on the streets.
For the Pedros Festival staff it is a day of unrelenting sweat and response to emergencies, like the deluge of rain the night before that necessitated a totally new layout of the vendor's area. But the work gets done and pretty soon an open hayfield begins to resemble what we all recognize as Pedrosfest.
The "Easy Ups" spring from the hay stubble and all sorts of portable booths and fifth wheel trailers begin divulging their wares to tempt the unsuspecting mountain or road cyclists. By no means a comprehensive list, the new attendees Industry wise include Shimano and Michelin.
Friday is the first official open day at the festival. The doors actually open on Thursday evening to arriving camper-attendees, but the morning opening of the vendor area to festival attendees is scheduled for 10:00 AM and that is when the scheduled activities begin. But in reality, Friday is a day that many hardcore recidivist Pedros goers reserve for spending time on the trails. Because the trails are fresh and relatively unpopulated (most guests will arrive at Pedros Festival Friday evening into Saturday Morning), the hardcore folks spend their entire day shredding the trails.
There is however still a full schedule of activities scheduled for the areas around the vendor expo. Teach your kid to ride, The Kenda Tire Toss, The Jamis Bike Trials Demo ridden by Mike Steidley and the basic, intermediate and advanced rides are just a few of the activities offered. The EMS Rock wall is obvious and well used, but at the same time, the mood at Pedrosfest central was one of tranquil anticipation. Vendors tweaked their booths and displays, Company wrenches, checked their inventory and tools, and company reps rested when they could. The overall feeling was not dissimilar to the quiet preparation of troops readying for an upcoming battle, one which will begin tomorrow, stay tuned for the reports from the front tomorrow!
Streaming Movie of Pedrosfest Day Zero go to:
Pedros Fest: Preparations Begin
Streaming Movie of Jamis Bike Trial Demo go to:
Jamis Trial Rider Mike Steidley
For more info on Pedrosfest go to: