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Hey Gregg - why no booth at San Francisco Grand Prix?(5 posts)

Hey Gregg - why no booth at San Francisco Grand Prix?Me Dot Org
Sep 10, 2001 8:05 AM
...I would have thought that would have been a great place to get the word out on Roadbikereview.com.

I saw a woman in the morning who was wearing a Roadbikereview.com hat - she said you would be arriving about 11am. I kept thinking you would have a booth. I read below that you were hanging out at the Sysip tent, but I'm curious why you guys didn't have your own tent.
in all honesty...gregg
Sep 10, 2001 8:23 AM
...we just don't have the budget for it, right now. It's an excuse that everyone uses, but for us it is all too true that the economy has severly affected our ability to participate in an event like this.

I would love nothing better than to have had a booth at this event, and you are right, it would be a perfect chance for RoadbikeREVIEW to get our name out. Hopefully, next year??

You met Marissa, who works on our e-commerce team. She mentioned that someone had asked about me (she said you were wearing a Ben&Jerry's Jersey, right?), but my plans to meet people were changed since Fuji Bikes didn't have a booth! Fortunately, thanks to the Sycip Brother (Jeremy and Jay), I was able to use some of their table space for RoadbikeREVIEW postcards and stickers.

I rode Caltrain up and arrived about 9:45 (a decent walk from 4th and Townsend to Start/Finish). I was blown away by the size of the crowd!! And I'm really glad to see that they had the jumbotron going. It was just awesome to take in the whole scene, and realize that finally American road-racing is getting the attention it deserves! (it was cool to watch the WAVES of people flood from the exhibitors area to the start/finish area whenever the leaders came around!)

Sorry, I missed you me dot, as it turns out, Cliff is the only one from the boards that I was able to actually meet and talk to. BTW, Cliff, don't worry about not taking pictures of me, I hate taking pictures (unless I'm on the bike, then it's all good!)

An excellent event all around, and I was happy just to get to see Lance in a race in person. BTW, did anybody happen to see or hear about the homeless guy that almost caused a crash??

-gregg
in all honesty...Me Dot Org
Sep 10, 2001 9:07 AM
Yeah, that was me in the Ben & Jerry's Jersey.

Well I hope the financial fortunes reverse. During the past year in which I have returned to cycling, your board has done a great service for me in whetting my enthusiam and giving good advise on equipment. I always try to use advertiser links when I buy from them.

BTW, AFTER the race I was riding down Mission Street and talked to a woman had taken her bike up on Caltrain and was RIDING back to Cupertino. Rather an ambitious ride to start at 3 in the afternoon!
thanks for the support!gregg
Sep 10, 2001 10:40 AM
I love that Jersey, btw. I couldn't afford to buy it, but I bought a pair of the B&J's socks!

Thanks for the support and I'm glad we've been able to provide a valuable service for you. That's what we're here for!

Wow, SF to Cupertino, huh? That is ambitious. My main concern in doing a ride like that, is finding a safe enough route (actually, that is my main concern EVERY time I'm on the road). It was unfortunate that Caltrain didn't provide extra bike cars in the afternoon, like they did in the morning, though. They sure coulda' used it.

-gregg
homeless in SFRoxy
Sep 10, 2001 3:40 PM
I didn't hear about the near miss...I was also there yesterday. What happened?

What I did witness on Emb and Broadway was one poor off-the-back dude actually have to STOP because people started walking across the track after the main group flew by!! Insult to injury, huh?!?