35yr old World Champion Steve Peat refused entry to Casino. No ID. Dissapointing.
First off CORC AMAZING event, so good in fact that everyone was in a good mood and not wanting to suffer hypothermia headed into town to celebrate.
Perhaps the venues could have been warned there was a race in town and they might have a busier Sunday night than Friday (call me crazy)?
It went down like this.
Mooseheads was closed. Surely this place SHOULD have been looked at to hold an unofficial after party, open it up and have just the MTBers there!
Surburbia Dickson, not in the city but not far away. Early heaving with locals (and not the ugly sort), stayed chill and many a punter was seen having a good time there, maybe having Mal Adjusted Bike shop only a couple of doors down had got them ready.
Cool rating for worlds 8.5/10
Bourbon Bar just next door to Mooseheads it was the natural choice although MUCH smaller. It got pretty loose (Kovarik no shirt kinda loose). THEN WE DRANK THE PLACE DRY. It wasn't long before the extremely busy Sunday night police shift showed up [/sarcasm], which was probably just as well because people we drinking all kinda weird shit as all the normal liquids were gone, you know that fluro green stuff behind the bar that no one has touched since the bar opened, 10 years ago.
Anyway everyone gets piled onto the road, pretty much all the big names were there and the Union bar is the call.
Cool rating for the worlds 10/10
Union Bar OK so the manager shat himself when a quite night turned into looking out the front to see a hyperactive zombie hord coming at him. The cops had nothing better to do so they had joined us and no sooner had the first order of "6 jugs please" than we got kicked out, but right over the mall was a gay bar with its gay beats pumping.
Cool rating for the worlds. 2/10
CUBE GAY BAR
This COULD have been epic. Settled in for a couple, said hi to the brothers (not many, maybe a dozen). And the bar started to do more business than it has in the last 6 months. The roid munching security guard was on a power trip, but good times were being had by all and the MTB community was doing it's best to play by the bouncers rules (no glass on the dancefloor), except Mitch Delfs who got kicked out as soon as he got his handful of Coronas, don't know that story. Anyway some hot female riders are starting to tear up the dancefloor and the night is looking absolutely EPIC. The Maurice the Bouncer goes on a rage and kills the music, waits until the cops are in the building then kicks us all out.
Now you could conceive that after seeing us coming in, they figured they would let us stay for long enough to get us all to buy one round and then kick us out. Realistically they did more business in that 20 minutes than they had done all week, so if that is the case, it was a bitch move. 0/10
Casino. OK so at this point we are starting to know the cops pretty well, and it has to be said that we were a polite happy celebratory crowd who were slightly perplexed that we had a pile of money and wanted to spend it and all the Canberra businesses were freaking out (Bourbon bar was cool but dry, Surburbia from all reports was still cool but in the suburbs). The police were polite, professionals and the way they held themselves did their badge proud (maybe they saw Johnny Waddell in the crowd and decided to be on their best behavior).
So by the time we got to the Casino they have been forewarned of the impending customer crisis and have moved into defensive mode. Everyone must have photo ID. I personally witnessed the new world champion Steve Peat refused entry (he didn't look slightly drunk, but he was smiling). Half the Santa Cruz team was similarly bumped and at this point I felt embarrassed to be an Aussie MTBer. 11:45pm in the lobby of the Crowne with Steve Peat and Greg Minnaar both standing there, stumped where to go. Steve because he's not allowed into the Casino without ID, and Greg because he's come back from Surburbia. What happened next I don't know but by 2am Steve with his never say die attitude was in the Casino and it has to be said, the Canberra Casino is shit but at least they didn't kick us out and at least they served us beer.
Cool rating 7/10
THANKS CANBERRA FOR AN AWESOME EVENT BUT YOU NEED TO GET THAT SHIT SORTED, IT WAS VERY UNCOOL BUT YOU STILL COULDN'T BREAK THE VIBE! YEEOOOWW!