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Janna's Word: Interbike Odyssey Part Two
 
By Janna Trevisanut
Date: 10/16/2003
Janna's Word: Interbike Odyssey Part Two
 

Read Part One here.

Man, there is a lot to cover - did we do all this in three days? In truth, though, this hardly scratches the surface of Interbike. Luckily we will have some other contributions from different perspectives over the next several days, including a technical piece from Kraig Willett, interviews by Casper Casparian and if I'm not mistaken, something from Crazy Jane.

More Pacing the Floor

Jamie Paolinetti screened his documentary The Hard Road on Monday afternoon to a packed house - literally, people were still streaming in, to stand in the back and along the walls, after the movie had started. This was great to see, and I hope that between the Interbike and Worlds screenings more people in Europe will start to hear about the film. If you want more info on The Hard Road, click here.

Monday evening was the 2nd Yoplait Women's Cycling Summit. The first summit was held earlier this year in Minnesota during the Nature Valley Grand Prix. In attendance at this second summit were  CyclingMadeReal, mtbchicks, Maxxis, Threshold, Minute Maid/Dasani, AdventureSports Radio as well as race organizers and many others (sorry to those not named; I lost my notes...)

With Michael Aisner, David LaPorte and Giana Roberge at the helm, a preliminary mission statement had been drafted and the attendees discussed hurdles women face getting into cycling and graduating into racing. Some of these include not being comfortable with their local bike shops, being intimidated at their first race, lack of cornering skills (which are essential at almost any local US race) and safety issues (i.e., women riding long distances in training). These topics were discussed within the larger framework of what has been successful, and what could be done to remove barriers, to interest women in cycling or reinforce that interest.

As was explained at the beginning of the summit, one summit would not suffice to achieve the goals. So this will be a continuing process, but it was very favorable that so many industry representatives attended. All the attendees were invited to actively participate. If you would be interested in getting involved, send me an email and I will hook you up. We have some ideas that we intend to forward and we will keep you informed. The agenda for this second summit is here (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

While I was at the Postal booth I chatted with some of the extremely helpful personnel, and one of the ladies joked (speaking of the Postal riders who are continuously mobbed), "No one ever wants to take our picture!" Well, I did - Debra, it was a pleasure to meet you! Click for larger images.


James Kunstek and Debra Terry of the US Postal Service

 


Richard Byrne of Speedplay
Check out Speedplay's history of the pedal here

 


The Speedplay Pedal Museum

 


Trikers!

 


ONCE's black gold at Giant

 


Another shot

 


Giant Limited Edition #39 of 100

 


Another shot of the limited edition

 


And another

 


Helmets

Zoom - nice display

 


The Azonic Saber frame

 


Eric Matlock of Side Effects TV

 


Mile High Cyclewear
Owner Ron Blocher appeared on Interbike Interactive

 


The Rockshox booth

 


A "road scholar" at Primalwear

 


Hincapie and Armstrong

Star Search

It was pretty certain that a host of pro riders were in store at this edition of Interbike, since the Worlds were just concluding in Hamilton, Canada, a mere 3000 km from the City of Lights and Showgirls, and there had been plenty of the bright lights of cycling at last year's show too. So the team sponsors' booths were a must-see, and there were many riders scheduled to sign autographs during the show, including Alessandro Petacchi at the Pinarello area, plenty of Posties, Tyler Hamilton at Speedplay, Gilberto Simoni at Cannondale, David Millar at CycleSport, et cetera.

Sunday afternoon at 5, Cannondale had beer and Simoni on offer. There was an enormous line of people waiting to get Simoni's autograph, and there he was, sitting at a table drinking a beer and eating pretzels, signing and posing for pictures. It had to be an especially good day for Cannondale, as Astarloa had won the Elite Mens Road Race in Hamilton a few hours earlier.

Cannondale was also playing the trailer for the Giro documentary, The Quest, that will be available in December. The documentary follows the Saeco team in this year's Giro d'Italia and is narrated by Phil Liggett. The film is by Greg St. Johns, Russ Elder and Jonathan West. I had the pleasure of meeting all three of these gentlemen and it was a highlight of my day - that and standing two feet away from Gilberto Simoni...

Russ, who said he is die-hard Daily Peloton reader, gave me a copy of the documentary trailer (thank you, Russ!) and we hope to be able to make the trailer available here on the DP so you can watch it. Jonathan is a cinematographer and director who has worked on Star Trek, CSI and is currently working on the television series Charmed. He said that he loved doing The Quest, and though it might seem unusual, after a long day of work on the tv show, he would spend the rest of the night editing The Quest for enjoyment. Greg might be familiar to you from his work with Jamie Paolinetti on The Hard Road. The DP will be publishing an interview with these three about their experiences following the Giro and making The Quest, so keep an eye out for it.

Cannondale also had Gibo's bikes on display - his famous pink TT bike, and the special bike that was so light that weight had to be added to make it "legal" for the race. Click for larger images.


Gibo's Giro bike

 


Nice...

 


Gibo's "lighter than air" model

 


Gilberto Simoni - 2003 Giro d'Italia winner

 


Simoni

The next day I returned to Cannondale to see Simoni, having dawned on me how perfect it would be to have him sign my The Quest DVD. I ran into John Wordin there and I was acting all stupid about the autograph I'd just gotten. John said, "Hey, you ought to get Moser to sign it, too - he's right over there." I quailed, but John said, "You got a pen? Come with me." He introduced me to Francesco Moser and Marco Dallapiccolla of Red Rose Imports, who was with him. Mr. Moser signed my DVD, just below Simoni's autograph. How could one be more thrilled? Thanks, John!!!

After that we camped out in some nearby chairs (chairs are premium space at Interbike) with Ken Toman, Thurlow Rogers and Greg St. Johns, watching the action. Click for larger images.


Francesco Moser watching The Quest trailer

 


Moser and Dallapiccolla watching the trailer

 


Ken Toman

 


John Wordin

 


John Wordin, Jaime Nichols, Ken Toman and Greg St. Johns

 

In my further wanderings, I found Fred Rodriguez at First Endurance - I thanked him for all the support he has given the DP, and with a smile he said simply, "No problem."

At the Postal pavilion, there were Robbie Ventura and Floyd Landis. I told Robbie that we have contests from time to time on the DP and we like to be able to give something to the winner - and would he sign a photo for us. He said, "Well, we'll do a few of them then - c'mon Floyd, lets's sign some of these." I know this is properly Crazy Jane's province, but what a great bunch of guys...

The line for Tyler's autograph was long, and it was the same for Hincapie. When I was taking pictures over at Pinarello, the time came for Petacchi to do his autograph signing, and before he had even arrived, the line was growing by leaps and bounds - I had been there the day before and it was quiet, so I must have come along at the tail end. More than once I was told at this show that European teams and/or riders were surprised that there was such interest in them in the US (little do they know). I guess it makes sense if a team never ventures to the States to find out. Click for larger images.


Robbie Ventura, US Postal

 


Robbie Ventura

 


Robbie Ventura and Floyd Landis at US Postal

 


Tyler Hamilton, CSC, at the Speedplay booth

 


Hamilton

 


Hamilton

 


Alessandro Petacchi at Pinarello

 


Fred Rodriguez at First Endurance

 


George Hincapie at Hincapie Sports

The Party...

Monday night was the party held by Sinclair Imports for its customers, and we had been invited. Sinclair customers and suppliers, and other interested organizations (mainly internet cycling media), had lent their support to Sinclair and in exchange Sinclair had ice sculptures done with the organizations' logos. So this was a must see (er, not our name in lights, but our name in ice...). It was in the upstairs section of the Monte Carlo Pub and Brewery, and there was a second room to accomodate the guests, which numbered in the many hundreds. A half a dozen kinds of the pub's own beer were served, along with some great food. There were almost a dozen tv monitors playing 2003 Tour de France highlights which provided a nice diversion for the shy and the weary...

It was amazing to be around many of the bright lights of the cycling world in such a different environment. I got to chat with the irrepressible Wes Zeigler and his teammate Jacob Fetty (Team West Virginia), with Richard Byrne of Speedplay, with Rich Hincapie and Steve Baker from Hincapie Sports, with Scott Montogomery, late of Cannondale (more from my "to-do" list), and the legendary Beppo Hilfiker. Although we took very few photos at the party, some of the other attendees whose names you might know were Gilberto Simoni, Fred Rodriguez, George Hincapie, Tyler Hamilton, Roberto Gaggioli, Chechu Rubiera, Robbie Ventura, Victor Hugo Pena, Floyd Landis, Phil Liggett and Francesco Moser. Having an early meeting the next morning we did not stay too late... Click for larger images.


The grupetto...

And again

 


Scott Montgomery and Beppo Hilfiker

 


Scott Montgomery

 


Temporarily immortalized - the ice sculpture

 


Again

And one more.

Attrition

The first two days of Interbike were energetic - the main hall was on the second floor, and we had our choice of several tall staircases or an escalator. Sunday and Monday stairs were the vehicle of choice, but on the final day, Tuesday, I got to be pretty good friends with the escalator attendant - she was one of many convention hall personnel to whom you showed your pass to gain entry to the hall.

The majority of people entered the convention from the Venetian hotel, which was connected by very long hallways carpeted in gold. The walk just to get through the hotel to the convention hall must have been a quarter mile - each evening the walk seemed longer than that morning's, and the following morning longer than the evening before. By Monday night I thought the phrase "dead feet walking" seemed appropriate.

To be honest, several in our party were in big bipedal trouble by Monday evening - at one point I thought I would even miss the ice sculpture. For sure I figured I would have to spend all of Tuesday sitting at our booth rather than walking around. (I didn't.) Late Tuesday afternoon as I was walking around, very gingerly, I wondered if anyone else might be in the same boat. So as I walked, I watched others around me to see how they were walking. Almost one for one, they all seemed to be trying to somehow walk without having to put full weight on their feet.

Denouement

That's about it, but I would like to say thanks to the convention and Interbike staff. The convention personnel I dealt with were all very helpful - from the Interbike Daily writing staff to the press officials. One kitchen worker was trying to follow the Cubs game on Sunday and I checked scores for him on the net. The next day he brought me a water. Tuesday afternoon when I was shooting the Interbike "floor" photo seen in Part One, one of the hall attendants apologized when she asked to see my photo pass - she told me that she had had a lot of people, mostly men, argue with her when she asked to see their photography stamp (required to take photographs inside the main hall and which apparently said individuals did not possess). My last time exiting the hall, she shook my hand and said she hoped to see us next year.

I leave you with some of my "souvenirs" of Interbike and, now that my feet have recovered, I'm looking forward to next year!


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