Hot doesn’t even begin to describe the weather in Nevada! You could have friend eggs on the ground at Dirt Demo in Bootleg Canyon today. But, Dirt Demo was a smashing success! It was jammed pack with vendors and attendees alike. I saw some beautiful kits on riders; I saw some great looking bikes.
There were two DJ’s – each working about 2 hour shifts – that just kept the shaded tent rocking. Sierra Nevada was giving out beer. There was free food, free ice cream and popsicles, and every electrolyte drink product on the market. Shimano gave out free ice-cold towels – a very welcome idea that kept me on my feet when I felt woozy about two hours in.
I think one of the big highlights of the day for me was the introduction of a group of Ride2Recovery riders who had biked in from Las Vegas to Bootleg Canyon and then were heading back out to Las Vegas. There were armed service personnel, firefighters, and police – many of whom were amputees. I will be talking with John Wordin, President and Founder of Ride2Recovery and Chris Spyer from Raleigh. Raleigh has a department that researches and develops adaptive bikes for these amazing athletes. Very inspiring!
As the week unfolds, I will be “tweeting” (I thought I’d NEVER say that) at #outspokncyclist on Twitter and on the Outspoken Cyclist Face Book page.