Interbike 2017 marks the curtain call for the largest bike expo in North America, and also for Outdoor Demo (Dirt Demo to most), which will be remembered as the most important innovation to spring forth from the show's organizers since its inception in 1982. Bootleg Canyon's now popular trail system was slated for development when local trail builder Brent Thompson and his friends rallied Boulder City residents to set some of the land aside for mountain bike riders and outdoor recreationists. His dream came to fruition and Bootleg Canyon was designated as an official park. Boulder City became a mountain bike destination and shortly after, the Interbike las Vegas Expo adopted it as their outdoor annex for two days each year. Outdoor Demo at its peak was crammed with exhibitors large and small, and its interlocking circular walkways were jam packed with bike-curious retail employees. most of whom begged or coaxed their bosses for passage to Las Vegas for the opportunity to actually test ride bikes and gear that, in many cases, they would never have run across in the wild. Busloads of roadies and mountain bikers made the 35-minute journey, suited up and ready for action and, while many returned to the air-conditioned halls of Interbike with limbs bound and bandaged, the novelty to try before you buy was a win for retailers, for bike brands, and for the show itself. Changes in both wholesale and retail buying, the direct access that the web provided to customers, and the fact that most brands were releasing new products much earlier in the season all began to take their toll on Interbike and one by one, larger brands began to opt out from the big show. But even then, most felt that Outdoor Demo's hands-on experience was essential to their message and many maintained their presence there. All good things usually come to an end, and last year, while the indoor show reportedly did well, attendance by both exhibitors and retailers at Outdoor Demo fell noticeably. Not being privy to the business end of the show, I can't speculate if the downturn was due to a business decision or a change in the wind, but it was disheartening to see. This year, attendance seemed to drop further, but it wasn't for lack of enthusiasm. Retailers who did show up ready to rock were as stoked as ever, and the solitary circle of wholesalers who were on hand were standing in empty tents waiting for their charges to return. Interbike announced that its new home will be Reno, Nevada, and Outdoor Demo will be staged at Northstar California Resort, a proper lift-access bike part 30-minutes up the mountain, near Truckee, California. The ski-area venue is expected to breathe new life into the outdoor event. The trails there offer something for everyone, and the scenery is wonderful. Better still, the dirt will be more forgiving for riders who fail to keep the rubber side down. Boulder City's volcanic rock was like falling on chipped porcelain. So, goodbye Bootleg Canyon, you've been a good friend. We're pullin' up stakes and heading north for greener pastures and a new batch of casinos. Before I leave this town, however, I'm raising my glass to Brent Thompson. Cheers mate! To you and to the trails you carved into the history books.