I’m not quite home yet, I’m currently resting my tootsies in a hotel room in Grand Junction. Driving back from Vegas in one day is more epic than some of the races I’ve done (ok, not really), but it’s safe to say that it feels good to relax for an evening albeit briefly. I figure that tomorrow afternoon/evening when I get home, I’ll be trying to unpack for the billionth time and also be frantically studying trying to learn stuff about blood and the endocrine system for my A&P exam on Monday so tonight I will catch you all up on the stuff that went down in Vegas.
Let’s go back a few days. I arrived in Vegas on Tuesday afternoon. The cab line at the airport was absolutely massive and I felt like a kid in a hopeless line at Uncle Cliff’s to get on the big orange roller coaster (that was the amusement park when I was a kid). The fun part was that I saw a lot of bike industry people walking back and forth through the line that I knew. At least I could make faces at them. This was the first year I didn’t have to sit outside at our booth at Outdoor Demo in the hot sun for 2 days leading up to Interbike, so when the indoor show started on Wednesday, I actually felt energetic.
This year was the most fun I’ve had at Interbike, the least exhausted I’ve felt, and for Ergon as a company – Interbike was a great success!
I met Juli Furtado!
Knog booth art…pretty funny!
The “Fuzzy” look. I look like Osama Bin Laden…. haha
My wonderful teammate, 2 time world champ and 2nd this year at the world champs – Irina Kalentieva. Interbike is special because we get to hang out!
Our Ergon Carbaret booth party
The Carbaret models wanted to take Dejay Birch home as a pet.
Hoping some of Ryan Leech’s talent rubs off on me.
My red Sanita shoes have been a big hit. I liked them against the red SRAM wall.
Rachel Scott and I dressed up at the Quizno’s Pro Challenge Party. It is a Pro Tour road stage race coming to Colorado, kind of like tour of California. Pretty cool.
The last night was the most fun… we went to New York, New York for dinner.
I was trying to convince everyone to ride the roller coaster on top of the hotel. I LOVE roller coasters. Yuki was the only brave taker. It was funny – he’ll ride his bike down some of the scariest, technical trails but he gets nervous riding a roller coaster.
I snuck in my camera and took a video:
I am not a big gambler. But the last 2 years I came here, I put in 1 dollar. I instantly lost it and thought, “well this is boring.” The last night, I fed the machine my dollar and the three pictures matched and suddenly I had a ten dollar credit in my hand. I thought, “Well, that was less boring but I’m done!” I was pretty excited about my 9 dollar win.
Not quite as breathtaking as looking off the top of a mountain… but I enjoyed it for a little bit!
Ok, that’s enough for now.
And for the funniest thing we saw driving through Utah today:
The rest of the pics are here. It’ll be nice to be home in Colorado tomorrow! I better start getting ready. 24 Hours of Moab is now in less than 2 weeks. AHHH!In