Yep it was pure Culture Shock. From flannels & Packers attire in Sheboygan to mini skirts & black leather. 45 degree ride Tuesday morning before the flight to 97 degrees plus temps. Fat tires to skinny tires, Limo's, Bright Lights, Big City...VEGAS!
I arrived to the hotel and lugged the bike box past about 700 slot machines, I inhaled at least 4 or 5 cigarettes and made it to the room at about 7:00pm local time. I was ready for bed because it was really 9:00pm back home.
I still had 2 hours till race time then next night so I decided to take a walk down the strip to acclimate to the new time zone. I ran into Chloe randomly on the street corner and she was doing the same thing. Late night dinner trying to adjust to this new time zone. I hooked up with the Buermans and had a pretty tasty Burger and then went back to the hotel and crashed.
Wed morning I had to get out of the hotel room so I took a ride over to check out the course. Broken glass lined the streets of the city that was just waking up from another big party. It was a little scketchy riding my brand new Dura Ace tubulars down the gutters of Vegas, but you gotta do what you gotta do. I pedaled around for 1:30 and got in a few laps on the course. Standard Vegas race course - thick power sapping grass.
I made it back to the hotel just in time to go for a 3 hour hike down to the Sands Expo Center and check out the big Interbike show. It was pretty sweet to see all sorts of old friends who I haven't seen in a really long time. I also got to meet many of my sponsors in person for the first time. After 2 hours at the show I was smashed and had to go back to the hotel.
Then it was go time. I wasn't nervous, I felt good and I had a pretty good go. 15th place. I missed one split that I would have liked to make, but I kep fighting and caught a lot of guys who fell out of that lead group. I'm leaving satisfied, but more motivated knowing I can do better.
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After a late night breakfast for dinner w/ my SIL Elicia it was back to Cicrus Cicus at 2:00am and boxing up my bike I was finally in bed at 3:00am. 3.5 hours later I was up and at 'em and waiting for my limo...thats right this time it was an Escalade!