It's dustier than Blue Diamond, but there's more room at Bootleg Canyon, near Boulder City, 25 miles out from Las Vegas. And with 5000 expo visitors expected to attend over the two Outdoor Demo days, more space was needed. Most exhibitors brought many more bikes than last year and queues were mercifully short despite the crowds. BikeBiz.com decided to make day one a road bike testing day....

Interbike opens with first of two Outdoor Demo days

Mavic supplied a mechanic on a motorbike.

Bill Douglas said he’d had to deal with precious few mechanicals or punctures on the two mile stretch of tarmac, closed off to motor vehicles for the two days of the Outdoor Demo "but people liked stopping me anyway, they liked feeling like pro roadies."

Roadie at heart Brian Montgomery of Cycleurope, and president of the European Bicycle Manufacturers’ Association, was at the demo testing out an eclectic selection of machines, including a Giant Revive semi-recumbent and a rather meaty Ellsworth.

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