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By Matt Pacocha
Without the official numbers (those will be tallied by Wednesday), it can’t be claimed with any certainty that day two of the 2007 Interbike Dirt Demo in Bootleg Canyon, Nevada broke any records, but if the lines were an indication — it did.
Those not lucky enough to make it onto the first round of shuttles to the demo area went on to spend more than two hours trying to get to Bootleg. In past editions of the show it has rarely taken more than 50 minutes.
“They have five buses,” said Elaine, one of the senior citizens who was working for the Las Vegas chamber of commerce by making sure all of the attendee’s signed the liability waver and got the obligatory green wristband to enter the event. “I’m not sure why things aren’t moving faster.”
Just five buses? No wonder more than half of my demo day experience was spent waiting in line. It was unbelievable, and something that needs to be fixed for next year’s edition.
“When you have something of this size moving [its location], you have logistical things that you’re trying to iron out on the fly, but considering how much of a change and how much of a move we went through, the logistical challenges were pretty minimal,” said Lance Camisasca, Interbike’s show director. “The shuttle backups are more because our attendance is through the roof.”
Once there, the new venue, which is only about 350 yards west of the old venue, did prove a bit more comfortable for many of the exhibitors. The general sentiment was that the event was packed with both exhibitors and attendees; and there was a healthy vibe in the desert air and plenty of new product.
Here you can check out what we saw without the lines.