Interbike 25th Anniversoiree
Yes I'm packing this Sunday for my 3rd visit to the Big Bike show. Some know it as bike porn, I just remember it as the site a big 7 foot Not so Libre guy hoisted me into the air with my pink hat flying onto his shoulders. That was my first experience at Interbike. It was a show where there were not too many women attendees and mucho mucho macho hombres.
I had to scan the polaroid shot the paparazzi gave me for being such a good sport, and the tiny pic does no justice to this huge giant. By the way, I need a big burly guy to be Nacho Libre so I can be 'el skeleto' for Halloween Cross...
Funny thing is I've been asking around and it seems our cycling brothers have drawn a line in the sand in terms of how they will wear their stretchy pants...sans a red panty. Who woulda thunk it?
Now where was I? Yeah if you squint or look through your magnifying glass you can tell this was a giant. It took me two steps in the venue before I was hoisted atop his shoulders, and I have to say both my buns sat comfortably on his enormous deltoids. After that adventure, we were partying with the mullet heads in another booth, thats Sabine with a blonde Joe Dirt mullet.
This year Interbike 2006 is commemorating their 25th Anniversary, so there should be some great classic riders there, many fun exhibitionists, and I hear some go go dancing.
For that reason alone I am not wearing my go go boots, I wouldn't want to be confused with a paid promo girl. (yeah right;) I hear Eddy Merckx will be there and I plan on having him sign our own Velo Bella-Kona poster.
VeloBella will be unveiling a poster that was inspired by those great climbing shots of Fausto Coppi on the Alps. Check out the Schwalbe booth # 3425 at 2:30 on Thursday, for your free poster, they are limited in supply and trust me, it is one poster you will want on your wall.
Our beautiful Jen Chapman will be there in Classic style to sign the posters, she is the model in the shot. Jen is one of our original Bellas who started with us as a Cat 4 racer and a reluctant crit girl only to become one of our most valued Pro domestiques.
Jen exemplifies what it means to be a bella, she has class, style and an enduring quality that is just... endearing. Jen is a genuine first class example of what inspiration along with commitment, perseverance can accomplish. (that and a pair of good jeans, genes I mean)
I promised Jen I would help her cope with the life of a Pro celeb so like the clown at the rodeos I will be there to distract the bulls. Now, I have to go pack...and fill those 20+ goodie bags for our wonderful sponsors, Jen is baking them cookies and brownies.
Now how many teams personally bake their sponsors goodies? Jen and I spent most of yesterday personally decorating the bags so I hope they appreciate the Bella love that is headed their way. More on Interbike later, for now roll into the future with Schwalbe, and meet some of our Bellas at booth #3425 Thurs at 2:30. And thank our sponsors for supporting the Bellas.