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I'm sitting in the hot sun. It feels good on my skin, like I'm getting a tan or something. My moist skin is slowly but surely soaking my shirt. I want to take it off but crack another cold beer instead. Right then one of those trucks that drives up and down the strip shifts into a low gear and blows black diesel exhaust all over me and I'm thrust back into reality. The lights and glamour suddenly aren't as stimulating as my horrid coughing attack. With my hands on my knees, staring at the ground littered with hooker cards, I realize that Vegas is an awful place. Its lights are big and bright, but only a facade. Cheap shit that you pay too much for. That is what Vegas is and only a single part of the reason why I want Interbike to be moved to Salt Lake City.

Its not that Salt Lake City (SLC) is the greatest place on Earth or anything (Some people think it is). But what SLC offers is an amazing area with the resources needed to pull off a big trade show such as Interbike with a little more class. The airport is fifteen minutes away. There are multitudes of hotels, restaraunts, bars, local breweries, and riding within twenty minutes of walking distance. And as far as the dirt demo goes, Park City, 25 minutes away from SLC, was just names the first Gold Level Ride Center in the world by IMBA. I like riding Bootleg, but riding in SLC and Park City is a lot better.

Having the On Dirt Demo in Park City is a great idea. Over 400 miles of single-track, three major mountain resorts with lift access riding, and a free bus system to get you out and about to the multitude of trail heads with trails that crawl all over town. Both Deer Valley and Canyons have designated lift access directional trails. The Mid-Mountain trails connects all three with 26 miles of single-track bliss. With a mild climate and amazing amenities, Park City, Utah is the ideal venue for the dirt demo. But Interbike isn't Interbike without the giant trade show full of fat people and cool bikes and parts.

The Salt Palace in SLC is the main convention center. It already hosts both Winter and Summer Outdoor Retailer shows with ease. And there are plenty of hotels, restaurants, and bars surrounding the area. These amenities make getting to and from the convention extremely easy. Cabs run all day and well into the night. TRAX, the public train system connects downtown to the airport and cities south of SLC. If you want to ride after the show, shoot up to the Shoreline Trail. It isn't the most technical single-track in the world, but its five minutes away.

Now I know you all are think that I'm some Mormon kid who is too scared to leave his home for the evils of Vegas. Well I'm not Mormon and partying in Vegas is a little overrated. The SLC and Park City areas of Utah are an ideal setting for having a kick-ass trade show. We can still all go out at night and rage and get drunk and do lots of drugs (if you're into that) but Vegas has proved itself too hot, too disgusting, too expensive, and the riding at Bootleg just isn't as good as it could be. Vegas has a certain mystique to it that everyone wants to explore. I think we need to look past that and find a new city where we can push the cycling industry forward and get some business done.

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