LA to Stirling to Kent

May 27th, 2010 by

I won’t try to make any excuses for the lack of blog posts … what with spending the weekend in Los Angeles for the Trek Speed Concept lauch and trying my best to go some rounds with Mr Jetlag back home here in Stirling it’s been an interesting but fun few days. I’m all set now for a w/e in Kent, racing at the trigrandprix event. It’s solid looking field, so I’m ready to get going. The highlights from the long w/e in LA are something like this:

Hanging out with the boys - L to R - Matt Lieto, Joe Gambles, myself and Michi Raelert

Friday – arrive in LA …. get a bear hug from Michael Raelert outside baggage in LAX! Mark, the Trek mechanic repsonsible for our awesome new bikes drove us back to our hotel and we checked out Starbucks. (Extra hot venti latte). Evening meal with the whole gang where I did my best to keep the eyelids open past 9pm (only just succeeded).

Saturday – Watch Chris Lieto, Chrissie Wellington, Macca go round the Tour of California Time Trial course (I think we were happy to watch and not participate given how technical it looked!). Spent the afternoon at the launch of the new Trek Speed Concept at the Walt Disney Concert Hall alongside the other guys on the the team… it was incredible to see Trek really go full gas behind a bike solely designed for triathlon … it’s exciting times ahead! We watched the Pro riders hit it out hard around the TT course all avo – the difference in speed between those ‘just going thro motions’ and the General Classifcation riders was much more obvious than I thought it would be. Finish off in the evening at the roof top bar!! of our hotel to chat with the assembled international media and magazine editors.

Tour watching with Julie and Joe

Sunday – watched the final stage of the Tour outside of  the K Swiss offices in Westlake. – We got to catch up with all the staff there which was good fun … I might have sneaked a pair of new shoes or two out on that visit!

Monday – Hang out in LA on my own waiting for my evening flight home (extra legroom and a headrest like none I have had before – made for a much comfier 10hrs aboard let me tell you) – started walking about but opted for a easy jog around the streets to take in most of the sights. -Skyscrapers galore!

walking about downtown LA - me and myself!