It has been a seriously busy Day! Up at 5:00 Am in the air by 7 on the ground at 10:10 Las Vegas time, and in the desert playing with bikes by 11:00 Am. Now it is 8:30 New York Time and I am drinking gin and tonic in my room typing my first report!
OK nutrition? So far Three cups of coffee (one at home two on the plane) Southwest Airlines, yielded One Bag of Cinnamon Graham sticks with the coffee. A side order of a box lunch consisting of One Package of Cinnamon Graham Tid Bits, a Package of Lorna Dunes (sp) and a package of Planters Peanut cheese crackers, Two packages of Honey Roasted Peanuts. So since I was crazy intense on riding today I couldn't take time to snack so here I am. Now let's talk what you really want to hear about....
Drum roll Please... Interbike!
Day one and two of Interbike are dedicated to their outdoor demo. As you can see from the pictures, every name you have heard of and many that you haven't are represented with live useable demo products. The demos are run in a place called Boulder City on the outskirts of Las Vegas up in the hills. There are shuttle busses that get you there and the ride takes about half an hour maybe a bit more.
The exhibitors are busy. This being our first year here, I took a walk around to get the lay of the land and to get a sense of how it all works. My first action was to walk through all the vendors and see what the deal was. (Along the way I augmented my culinary intake with a protein enhanced energy drink of Accelerade. I credit the fact that I am still managing coherent thought to that energy drink. I have to re-examine my position on energy drinks!) First thing you notice is that the big fish get the worms. There are definitely the "In Crowd" and the rest of us. But that being said, you will get talked to and you will get to ride, but you will have to speak up. The exhibitors are Very Busy!
Just outside the exhibitor main area is the BMX track, it is small but very well designed, and I must admit I really enjoyed watching the riders do their thing, and they do get air! Past this area is the down hill shuttle pick up. There is this flat bed truck they fill with bikes and bikers and they ride them up somewhere up the hill and turn 'em loose. I caught pictures of them as they neared the bottom of the hill!
Trail rides galore. This is the place that probably defined mountain biking. I mean Long Island Has its hill and valleys, but here in Las Vegas you actually have mountains, the real deal. Next year we will play in the dirt, but this year I only had a few hours to catch the flavor, so, on to the road bikes!