I wake to pouring rain. At 2:03 am, then 4:21 am then finally again at 6:17am. I struggle out of bed feeling very old all of a sudden. My back has seized up and I'm a little perplexed at this until I remember a massive crash on Billy-T that I had trying to stay in front of Rosara on Friday.
There is little to motivate Jeff and I today apart from treating our steed's to a set of Maxxis Shorty tyres for the following week of forecast rain. While we are at it I fit a Shockwiz to my Pikes and treat Jeff's patrol to a new gear cable and housing and replace his mangled jockey wheel. Then it's a few household chores and a visit to skyline to suss out the action and get our media passes. I'm on a mission to sign autographs and get as much Swag as possible. We arrive at Crankworx post lunch to find a ghost town with many industry tents already closed and the remainder getting ready to pack it in for the day.
We wander about catching up with old friends and business acquaintances while I crank up therodfather charm and wait patiently for offers of bikes, gear and of course party invites.
I must confess, getting free shit is hard. Harder than you may think. I don't even need anything but it's a common stress feature of Crankworx that the dealers get inundated with requests from punters for free hats, t-shirts and stickers along with "you should sponsor me 'cause I got 2nd in under 21's at the Piha Beach Downhill". So my plan is to take this to the next level and push these guys over the edge.
Back home for dinner then on with the flash clothes for the Wide Open Distributors party. Matt Whitaker sure knows how to party and he put on a great night with posh food and beer and all the cool kids were there including the Intense team along with Matt's local riders who run his exotic parts selection on their bikes.
I thought I was one of the last to leave, but things went a step further with that old party animal Peter Burke from Burkes Cycles took a few lads to taste the exotic night life of Vegas (there's only the Lava Bar) and they called it a night at 3am.
TOMORROW: The weather lifts so everyone goes riding.