Last night I finally got down to the Lucky Lab to join the Chris King Tour de France viewing party. Chris King Components is based just a few miles from the Lab and they started the Tour party tradition last year when their headsets were ridden by Lance Armstrong to his 7th straight Tour victory.
Last night’s crowd was solid and the Lab was hot as Floyd Landis put in an epic effort to get back to the front of the race. King marketing guy Chris Distefano (seen here at the Bike Show) said it was a good crowd, but Tuesday’s Alpe d’Huez stage was even bigger,
“You couldn’t even move in here there were so many people. I heard of people finding jobs, making new friends, one guy found a girlfriend. It was crazy. It must have been the cheap beer (it was Tight Wad Tuesdays). It was magical.”
My brain was packed with all the radio show stuff, so I planned to go and just hang out. But of course I end up running into folks and talking bike issues the whole time. Oh well.
Chris Distefano showed me the latest Chris King T-shirt. It’s a great design. Sort of like an x-ray of a tree, with the rings showing important dates in the company’s history. It’ll probably be up on their website soon.
The night ended with a surprising bit of information about Chris King himself. I’ll share that in my next post…