When I arrived at the Cow Palace I was told there was going to be a dirt jump contest as well as a cyclocross race. I didn’t expect much – until I saw the jumps and the McCaul brothers. Then I knew this gonna be a serious throwdown – errr, Showdown. The dirt jump comp was organized by local Santa Rosa hucker, Andrew Taylor and aptly billed, “AT’s Showdown”. The jumps were huge and the competition pulled in some real talent. Besides AT and Cam and Tyler McCaul, Greg Watts, Jamie Goldman, Geoff Gullevich and Jordi Lunn were out there chucking themselves for the crowd and the $1000 top prize. At the end, Cameron McCaul took first ($1000), Jamie Goldman took second ($750) and Brian Miller was third ($500).
I didn’t spend much time indoors at the SF Bike Expo. But I did do a couple laps to see what was up and to say hi to friends. According to Phil Segura of Ride SFO, there were almost 100 vendors, including WTB, Yuba Expeditions, X-Fusion, Soulcraft, Formula Brakes, Crumpler bags and Sheila Moon clothing – and that’s just what I can remember off the top of my head. Phil said last year’s attendance was 3000 over two days and this year they did 4000 in one day. You can’t argue with those numbers. And Phil has even bigger plans for next year.
I am really impressed with what I saw at the SF Bike Expo. I went for the cyclocross race and found so much more. I figured I’d only be there a few hours shooting the race. I ended up being there from about 9 AM to 5 PM, I took almost 1000 pictures and I never stopped to eat. It was that good. Two fat thumbs up to Phil and Ride SFO for putting on an awesome event. This is only the second year and I can already see the potential for it to turn into a must-attend annual bike event. I’m planning on being there again next year. Hope I see you there…
Photo-John is Managing Editor for Mtbr’s photography and digital camera sister site, PhotographyREVIEW.com.