Trek Demo Days in Loves Park, IL

I have always wanted to go to Ocala or Alafia in central Florida to attend a Trek demo days, but my schedule has never really allowed me to.  Until today!  In Loves Park, IL.  I know, it isn't the same and that is true.  But, it was a demo days none the less.
Trek Bikes Demo Days - Rock Cut State Park

After flying to Chicago, I drove over to Rockford, IL for a business trip.  While here on a Sunday I decided to go over and check out Rock Cut State Park about 2 miles away.  As I pull in and drive around, what do I find but a Trek tent set up in the park.  It was quite a fun time and tons of new 2012 bikes!  They had a rack of Cronus CX and some Fisher 29ers.  Personally, I zoned in on the Madone 6.9 SSL - all 14 pounds of it.  I took it for a ride around the park and the first thing I noticed is this Tampa, FL boy is not used to the rolling hills of Northern IL.  It would have been nice to be in my cycling gear as well, but even in jeans and Merrill's, the Madone is a sweet ride.  With full Dura Ace components, this was easily the smoothest shifting bike I have ever ridden.  And this thing flew down the hills; once I climbed up and then got rolling.  I hit the drops and hung on around the hills and curves -- easily hitting 30+ mph. 

Larry with Ken & Lauren from Trek Bikes
This particular bike was a compact set up with 53/39 double crank and 11 - 25 10 speed cassette.  Ken and Lauren from Trek set the bike up for me, 58CM frame with a Race XXL saddle.  I had to ride on some simple nylon pedals since I didn't have my shoes, but the bike was simply made to race and she quickly jumped out and screamed at me to ride faster.  I definitely look forward to the day I can upgrade my 7.3 FX to a pure road bike, but this bike is not for commuting.  She wants to race!

Trek Shop Towel and Winter Cap - Thanks Trek!

If you get the chance, hit a Trek Demo days and check out the 2012 line of bikes.  You will NOT be disappointed.  I can't wait for my next chance to go to a demo days.

be safe!

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