Today I am sat in a Suite in the Tempus hotel in Taichung. I am on the 11th floor overlooking a frankly pretty ugly skyline. Below me I can see the swimming pool and spa area, which I plan to use in the coming days. It is my first time in Taichung, and, so far, it feels pretty much like Taipei. It looks similar too, although perhaps I am being unfair. I have barely left the hotel.
This is a strange show. It is strange because there is a ‘need to know’ air around it. Products are being shown, but cameras are a no no. Products are also behind closed doors. I haven’t seen anything at all yet. Nothing. But I know. I know but cannot tell!
SRAM are here, Shimano are milling around…. in fact someone from Shimano USA came looking for my friend Jeff today. He isn’t here. I asked though if there was anything interesting from them here. He just smiled. And that’s the point. I don’t need to know. I am not building a range of bikes, I don’t need to plan budgets and production runs. I don’t need to co-ordinate just in time deliveries, and nor are you.
Tomorrow I plan to have a proper look about. The show is spread across a number of hotels, and it would be good to be seen. It would be good to just chat with industry people.
Sorry to disappoint Michele.