Friday, September 24, 2010

Interbike 2010 in Las Vegas

North America's largest bicycle trade event and show was in Las Vegas this past week.  You would think I would have attended since I love cycling but strangely I had no interest.  That's because I had never been and from the report from John it sounds like I missed quite a show.

He enjoyed looking at all the bikes and bike parts, checking out the Italian cycling clothes, getting autographs from professional cyclists, and checking out time trails and road bikes ridden by grand tour winners. Sadly the international bike expo will not be hosted here next year but in Anaheim, CA instead (I have nothing against Anaheim but will never forget the experience I had from staying in one of the hotels around the convention center).
The best part of Interbike, we both agreed, is seeing our friends who came from out of town for the show--and us of course ;-P

We had the pleasure of having one of John's friend stay with us.  He filled us in on his race season and life.  His company was invited to the Sinclair imports party at JET nightclub inside the Mirage so we went along.  Inside we saw Bob Roll, Jen Voight,  George Hincapie, Bobby Julich, and others.  Outside of the dark room most people may walk right past them, not knowing who they are but inside they were cycling celebrities--in real life.  It was surreal to see the very same people we saw competing in bike races onscreen, in person within an arm's reach as if they jumped out of the television!
Another evening we joined John's long-time friend since high school and his wife for dinner at Buca di Beppo.  They came from San Luis Obispo with a couple friends for a visit and to see the bike show.  Everyone besides me has never been to the Italian restaurant.  I think their food is always good but what really makes the place enjoyable is the atmosphere and the company.
As I mentioned before there were many neat things John saw at the show including the road bikes ridden by Alberto Contador, winner of this year's Tour de France and second place winner Andy Schleck.

Now this ... THIS bike would have been worth the day-long immersion in bike talk to see in person: Fabian Cancellara's time trial bike.  Where Contador and Schleck's bikes were encased, any one could reach out and touch the Swiss Spartacus's TT bike as John had.
This is the very same bike that Cancellara won 1st place in the prologue; the opening stage of the Tour de France!!  I did not let John wash his hands for days after that.

1 comment:

JoeinVegas said...

They were at the Sands a few years ago, and we got to walk around all the fancy show bikes as well as stuff for the rest of us. Nice stuff