Madison, Wisc.– As the bicycle industry gathered in September on the floor of the Sands Convention Center to wander amidst the glitz and glamour of next year’s hot new products, 16 players were going head to head in the 2006 Planet Bike-Interbike Invitational Ping Pong Tournament. After two days of open play and player selection, the tournament itself got underway on the final day of the show. With $3000 on the line, players came from all corners of the industry and included: Momentum Magazine Editor Amy Walker, Cove freerider Geoff Gulevich, Smart E-tailing’s Jim Langley, George Majors of BikeWagon, Planet Bike’s very own Erik Olson, Steve Fong of Pleasant Hill Cyclery,and other shop owners and employees.
The championship round pitted bicycle aficionado Langley against Majors, a former National Ping Pong champion. The odds makers favored Majors, but in the end it was Langley’s relentless and steady style that guided him to victory. The victory won Langley the 1st Place trophy, a Planet Bike Alias HID light and $2000 donated in his name to the Paul Clark Bicycling Safety Fund. Majors didn’t walk away empty handed, he scored a Alias SC light and Planet Bike made a $1000 donation to Trips For Kids in his name.
The tournament and open play were well received as a fun distraction this year and the Planet Bike staff is already making plans for next years Second Annual Tournament.