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Making plans to be at Interbike & then actually getting there & affording it are very different things. One does not simply show up to Interbike and walk in. You have to get a pass, either as a vendor, exhibitor or attendee and they are not gotten very easily either. I had developed some pretty good relationships with some local bike shops as a coach & was able to get a pass. Getting there required some creativity also. I blogged about that story over here on my website. Additionally, there was no way I could afford a hotel stay for the whole week there. I connected with another USAC coach who was an exhibitor there & in return for helping him at his booth & advertising for him he would pay my hotel. It turned out to be a great mutually beneficial arrangement.
After losing my job, getting my coaching license & pursuing other cycling-industry related jobs I knew that going to Interbike this time (I’ve gone twice before) would have a far more focused effort as I would be going not only to secure sponsorships for my team & myself next year but I would also be going to hopefully drum up some more employment possibilities as well as network. As I stated in my Day 2 post, this year’s Interbike was already showing the fruits of that labor. I was amazed however, by how exhausted I was after only two days. I woke up that morning wondering if this is how New Yorker’s felt after all the walking around I’d done. I had even earned myself a few ‘battle wounds’ of blisters on my feet.
I spent the majority of the day at Andres’ booth for Athlete Forward . He offers a very unique alternative to the traditional on-line platform for bringing athletes and coaches together in a web-based communication tool. The main differences between his website and others that are in wide use now are a more user-friendly dashboard, more versatile, better/more control by the coach as far as how/what work-outs are given, much more affordable & also offers some features that give visible snap-shots/graphs for week-at-a-glance training goals versus actual progress.
As an aside, we found it odd that they had a large section of Interbike in the downstairs section of the Sands convention center & so many people didn’t even know there was a downstairs section. Although it was mostly filled with general fitness & triathlete related vendors, it still didn’t get anywhere near the amount of traffic it probably deserved.
Let the games begin, or so I tell myself each time I’ve gone to Interbike. I try to prepare myself as much as possible as past history would predict an exhausting week of too much walking, talking, eating & probably……drinking. I knew I would work really hard and play hard. I had, within my arsenal of tools: my laptap, sales rep flyers, coaching brochures, business cards, to-do lists, cute outfits & boots to assure a ‘dressed for success’ appearance. I also had a list of twitter-folk that I was looking forward to meeting. I had already met several the day/night before & I remember thinking when I went to bed after the 7-11 party ‘This is only day ONE!’ I got up early, grabbed some classic-buffet-style-vegas-breaky grabbed some starbucks coffee (because that was the only coffee available on the strip walking toward the Sands convention center) and hit the floor of Interbike right as the doors opened.
Wowzerz……not only was their a multitude of eye-googling bike porn (see below for pics) but I also got to hang out with one of my best guy friends who came down from Southern Utah. I met more tweeps and cycling industry folk, and made sure I had lucrative conversations with all of my/our team’s current & potential sponsors. By the time ‘happy hour’ rolled around, I was definitely ready for it. Interbike is more than just eye-candy, networking, sponsorship securing & job scouting; it’s one.giant.party. It’s loud & fantastically obnoxious with live DJ’s, espresso machines & kegs of beer every afternoon starting at least 3:00. It’s a work hard, play hard bicyclist’s party. The first day was by far my most successful and by the time that night finished I was dreading day 3 & I had blisters on my feet from all the walking around.