Sunday, August 30, 2009

We Made it to the Motherland!

We made it! After 3 airports, 10 hours of flying, one viewing of Fast & Furious (ouch), an hour train ride, a 45 minute ferry,a 2 mile walk (interrupted by few local brews), and a 10 Euro cab ride we made it to the Hotel Fuhr in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Our main PR man MDL (names have been shortened to protect the innocent) and I are in what I can only describe as the Honeymoon Suite. Note to anyone traveling to Germany..."Double Occupancy" apparently means spooning. Check out the tour of our lavish digs.

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At any rate, we're getting synchronized with the local time zone and building up our tolerance to dark beer and foods that rhyme with "itzl". Tomorrow is the first day of setup. It's going to be a long (but good) day.

We have decided to start posting daily "Live from the Lair" videos. Be on the lookout. Be sure to spread the word. You can also follow us on Twitter via @robbz27 and/or @michaeldeleon (S#!t, I think I just revealed his identity)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

We're Off to F-Shafen

Once again, the time has come where the GT peeps head across the pond to the land of schnitzel, leiderhosen and dark beer for the annual pilgrimage otherwise known as Eurobike.

Now most of my USA homies have probably heard of Interbike, that other cycling industry annual pilgrimage to a land of things a little more "adult". Eurobike is not this show. Eurobike is definitely more relaxing. But it's also more exciting. Aside from manufacturer's private shows for dealers, Eurobike is arguably the first opportunity that we in the bike industry have to show off our 2010 stuff to the masses. And when I say masses, I mean it.

Cycling in Europe is en entirely different being. It's a way of life. It's a mindset. It's kind of what NASCAR is here in the states, mixed with what football (aka: soccer to most of us) is in Spain. And when the biggest cycling trade show in the world opens its doors to the general public on the last day, it's INSANE. Fortunately, I'm in focus groups on that day. Otherwise I'd be butts to nuts with every other bike geek in Europe (and yes, I fall into the bike geek category).

At any rate, Eurobike 2009 is shaping up to be pretty exciting for GT. We already launched our 2010 lineup to our distributors and dealers, but we have a little surprise in store for them and for the media. Well, in terms of travel it's not little. What is it you may ask? Sorry, PR would be PISSSED at me if I let the cat out of the bag too early. But here's a little teaser.
Don't worry, I'll do my best to provide updates when I'm over there. You can also follow me on Twitter while I'm over there @robbz27. Finally, the new GT website is in its final stages of testing. I'd say by the time we get back from Eurobike http://www.gtbicycles.com/ will have its transformation complete. It's like a cyber version of the Swan.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

GT Demo Days in CA and CO

Hey guys and gals...

Louis will be making a couple of stops in Aptos, CA and Glenwood Springs, CO over the next two weekends and will have a fleet of BRAND NEW 2010 GT bikes to try out.

If you are out and about either this weekend or next, stop by and try out one of GT's 2010 Zaskar, Marathon or Force carbon bikes. Everyone who tries a bike gets some SWAG. That's right, we are giving you stuff just to ride our bikes!

Check out http://www.experiencegt.com/schedule.html for more information (but give us a day to get the info up there). Otherwise, here are the particulars:

August 30
Consumer Demo Day
Nisene Marks Parking lot (Behind the Aptos Post Office)
500 Cathedral Dr
Aptos, CA 95003

Sept 4-5
Consumer Demo Day
Sunlight Mountain Ski & Bike Shop
309 9th St
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601-3605
(970) 945-9425
www.sunlightmtn.com

Don't forget to bring a helmet, shoes, pedals and some ID. Anyone under 18 needs to bring a parent as well so they can sign your life away.

See you on the trail!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Dilley Checks In. Check him out in SoCal.

Just got this update from Dilley. who's been having what most would consider a dream summer, traveling around the world, exploiting every park and dirt jump he can...

"Hey guys, I just got home from the dew tour in Portland last night and it was a good time. I had a lot of fun on the park course and I ended up geting 13th in the prelims. The level of riding going on these days is crazy and I'm stoked to be able to be in there. I'm home now for 3 days then off to Cali for the last of the ride bmx dvd filming trips. Sounds like we are going to be riding street around the San Diego and So Cal area for about 10 days, can't wait.

Then I will be out in Cali where I'm going to try and ride a lot of dirt and then head to the Salt Lake Dew Tour the middle of next month. I'm not going to be home in Greenville for over a month so thats pretty crazy. Just adds to an already busy year. stoked I'm heathly! Cheers, Dave"

So if anyone happens to get out and tear it up with Dilley, be sure to check out his new ride. Here's a teaser. Full Sanko, Mid sized BB, and oh, we'll be offering it up as a frame only in 2010.
Sorry, all we had was a studio shot...for now.



Tuesday, August 18, 2009

You Oughta Know...

...that McCaul can ride better than most people sing.

Check out T-Mac (yes, we sometimes call him that) putting his SlopesTyler through its paces up in Whistler.

Speaking of Whistler, maybe that would have been a better approach to this song. Hats off to you, Tyler, for being able to ride like that with those kind of distractions.

Kirt's Camelback Karaoke Kickout - More Mountain Bike Videos

Monday, August 3, 2009

Dill$y Checks in After the X-Games

GT's Dave Dillewaard dropped us this quick note to let us know how the X-Games treated him...and how the theme park treated his lady.


Hey guys. Just got done with a busy week following a busy 2 weeks before that. Xgames was really fun! I got about 3 hours practice total for the comp which I wasn't too stoked on but ended up having a good time. I got 16th in park. Not the best result but glad to be in one piece.


I hit up the box jump triples event on Thursday also. That was a wild time where you have to go heads up against other riders to move forward to the next round. I beat Laguna in the first round but Josh Hult tail wipped my head of in the second round.


Other than that my family was in town and I got to spend some time with them. We headed to universal studios Sunday and here is a pic of me and my misses after the Jurassic park ride hehe.







Oh s#it I just saw Richard Simmons walk passed at the lax airport lololol.


Dill$y