Every year the cycling community convenes in Las Vegas for the annual Interbike trade show. This year the “show” moved to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and seemed even more over whelming than previous years. Judging by the exhibitors and attendees, the cycling industry is doing very well!
I tend to focus on the latest in power meters and training tools at the show, and this year did not disappoint. Pioneer displayed their new (overly complicated and expensive) power meter; Powertap continued to refine their products and drop prices; Power2Max expanded their selections and also dropped prices; Garmin finally brought the Vector to market; SRM introduced the new PC8 and rechargeable power meter batteries; Stages expanded their crank options; and Quarq…OK not much changed with them. Instead of duplicating what has already been written else where, I would recommend checking out the Power Meters Buying Guide from DC Rainmaker for all the details. Velonews also has good coverage of everything interbike here.
Beyond the convention hall there was also some racing Wednesday and Thursday night. Cross Vegas continues to grow as one of the biggest cross races in the country drawing an impressive field (with World Champion Sven Nys making everyone look silly) and a huge crowd. The USA Crits Final featured a sketchy course with irregular lighting in the convention center parking lot to challenge the racers. This was the final race of the USA Crits series and drew a quality field with United Health Care sweeping the podium and taking the overall series win.
You can check out our photo gallery of the latest and greatest here; as well as a bit of randomness.