Countdown to Interbike

On the Road to Mandalay (Bay).

On the Road to Mandalay (Bay).

It’s rare that an upcoming trip to Sin City feels like a vacation in the making, but sheeeeeeeeyit, will I ever be glad to get the hell away from business as usual for a week.

You read the news this morning? Having shit the bed on Syria, the White House has turned to a Russian laundry to clean up the mess. An anonymous dossier makes Pat McQuaid look like Leo O’Bannion from “Miller’s Crossing.” Turnout is expected to be heavy as Bibleburg decides whether to recall Sen. John Morse for offending the penis-extension segment of the electorate, whose idea of a full magazine is decidedly not The New Yorker.

So, yeah. A nice long drive through the desert to clear the head (with the radio off); a few days of wandering about unfettered in Santa’s Workshop; eating meals I don’t have to cook — it all sounds like a little slice of heaven to me.

I’ll be providing daily updates from the show — or that’s the plan, anyway — so keep the dial tuned to WDOG for the latest and greatest from the Mandalay Bay Convention Center once the doors open a week from tomorrow.

Don’t expect me to come home with any $519 bibs, though. If that’s not an invitation to stack it on a rocky trail I never saw one.

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16 Responses to “Countdown to Interbike”

  1. Larry T. Says:

    If the Russkies can intervene to avoid military action, I’m all for it. The USA has pretty much zero credibility after the various Dubya-style fiascos anyway.
    I’ll be on my way one week from now too, but will show up at Interbike only Thursday and Friday, requiring only one night in Sin City 🙂
    Regarding high-dollar bib-shorts…after trying a few of the newest-latest, super-duper models in the past few years I didn’t find them enough of an improvement to justify 2, 3 or 5 times the price. I’ve used Santini’s CX chamois for years, even having them sewn into other brands of shorts back-in-the-day…they work just fine despite not having a cuckoo clock….er…cup….or whatever those Swiss folks call it.

  2. Derek Lenahan Says:

    Make WSB proud. I hate the city too but it is like a gathering of the tribe.

  3. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    The early turnout is about 17% of registered voters. I guess the poll voting might double that. Isn’t it amazing that these days we call a turnout of 40% heavy? I wonder how many votes Bloomberg and the NRA can buy. And, for that matter, how many they can’t. It appears that CO is going the way of AZ, where independent registrations out number those of either major party. That fact gives me a little hope for the next election.

    $519 for shorts? Shit, I bought a frame and fork for $525. Must be some high rollers with very sensitive tushes and cajones.

    Have a great time. I would like to see pix of two things. New steel and ti stuff from the smaller companies, and any locally brewed beers that you, Larry, and your assorted groupies can sample. Oh, almost forgot, a picture of you with either Jens or Bobke would be neat!

  4. md anderson Says:

    Enjoy Santa Fe, tho it looks like rain for the next 3 days.
    I see that Universal is actually televising part of Interbike. That could be interesting. Wonder if it’ll be the “Steve and Gogo” show? They are kind of growing on me, and more entertaining that the Phil and Paul show quite frankly.

    Oh, and if you have a bike along and want to take a ride let me know.

  5. Andy Bohlmann Says:

    Patrick,

    Why don’t you fly out of the Colo Sp airport and go broke doing it?

    Will you be doing those toilet seat awards again?

    And don’t forget that USAC’s UCI Management Committee member Mike Plant isn’t all that squeaky clean either.

    If you see Jim Wannamaker at the KMC Chain booth please say hello from me.

  6. khal spencer Says:

    Raining buckets right now in BombTown. Have a safe drive, and stay out of the passing lane on I-25. One of my colleagues driving up from Albuquerque yesterday morning almost got hit head on by a wrong way driver at 0500 hours.

  7. James Says:

    Have a blast Patrick! Maybe see if you can finagle up some of those $519 bibs for Demo Day, and then test your theory? If I thought that my cyclist’s arse and thighs wouldn’t test the limits of Euro sized Lycra I might just buy a pair.

    Who am I kidding? Hell no, I just buy the cheap ‘merican made stuff and love it until you can see through them!

    Safe travels Mad Dog, and if you head out to Cross Vegas, make the OGWGFIW-Bog Trotter division proud.

  8. Steve O Says:

    EuroSport has been saying that McQuaid might have enough votes to win this, largely because he still had support from the American voters.

    The only way that’s remotely possible is if USA Cycling has been in on some of these shenanigans.

    Wondering: secret or public vote?

    • Larry T. Says:

      Don’t forget that a few of those delegates may have gained benefits from schemes dreamed up by The Mad Hatter and his puppet-master, Mr. Mars. If a new guy comes in to try to clean things up, the chicanery might be exposed. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mad Hatter pull off a “Mugabe” and give us another term of “shoot first and aim later”…which might be said for those voters in CO too?

  9. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Steve – I googled it. Came up with this. It is a secret ballot.

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/confederacy-of-dunces-a-look-into-the-uci-presidential-election

  10. khal spencer Says:

    Sounds like the gun nuts rule in Colorado. Both those Dems in the CO state legislature were recalled.

    • Patrick O'Brien Says:

      Single issue folks bought by the NRA “sky is falling” ads. Single issue and extreme right and left voters gave us the best congress money can buy.

  11. Libby Says:

    Have a good time at Interbike and enjoy the change of scenery. During his concerts, Frank Sinatra issued this caveat about drinking with pals and strangers. Be careful because you don’t know how they will hold their liquor! His drinking buddies ended up stepping on his fingers all night….

    • Larry T. Says:

      Reminds me of the old Dean Martin bit “you haven’t had too much to drink if you can lay on the floor without holding on” or something like that. Dunno about POG, but “change of scenery” is wishful thinking when you consider the majority of the time at Interbike is spent inside an ice-cold convention hall standing around on concrete floors. I still remember the year I brought some logo sweatshirts as gifts for some of our Italian friends – who put them on instantly! See ya there POG!

  12. Opus the Poet Says:

    I was invited, but decided I didn’t want to attend an “Exclusive Gathering” that included me as a journalist. Shades of Groucho Marx.

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