So, here I am at the MTB Demo tent, talking to Nic Sims of Specialized about the possibility of getting a ride on a 29er Camber, and a young woman walks up to Nic and asks him a question. I have no idea who she is, but she looks very pro in her full on Specialized team kit. Nic says to me, "Mike, I want you to meet Rebecca". At that moment, I glance at her jersey and see '24 Hour World Champion' screened onto it.
Oh. THAT Rebecca...as in Rebecca Rusch.
I actually say to her, in a disarmingly witty and suave moment, "That Rebecca?". "Yes", she says. That one. Cool!
So, it turns out that a film guy is here to shoot some footage for the next movie covering the Leadville 100 (remember last year's Race Across the Sky?) and this day will cover some time for Rebecca leading up to her race. She was asking Nic if he had anyone that would not mind being on camera in a trip up the ski lift with her and the camera guy. I guess they just needed an extra so it was not her all by herself. I was headed up anyway with the Stumpy FSR 29er, so up we went, chatting and such.
Then, she asked if I wanted to be in the singletrack footage in front of a guy filming us with a helmet cam. Sure, I can do that. Then, I actually wore the camera on my head to get some faster sections of trail filmed that was a bit beyond the limits of the camera man. Cool.
I will tell ya, Rebecca can ride a bike. Not doubt about it.
Video guy... Frank, IIRC, fiddles with camera mid-mtn.
She can ride that 29er hardtail pretty fast downhill.
After that, we had lunch with her and some other media folks. She is a very cool lady to hang with, is quite the rider, and I wish her the best of luck.
I may end up either in front of the camera or behind it if any of the footage gets used in the next movie. Or, my moments of fame may end up on the 'cutting room floor'. Either way, it was a lot of fun.
Sometimes you are just standing in the right place at the right time.