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The Paul Mach Blog - I guess the Berries must like Cherries

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I guess the Berries must like Cherries
Sunday, February 8, 2009 - Race Reports
Full Gas Raced Cherry Pie today. Adam Switters talked me into riding out there from Davis. I figured an extra 50 miles would make for a good workout and the wife would be happy to miss the 1:30 pre-race hangout. In reality, it turned out to be a suffer fest. Full on head wind and the rain got my bike all dirty.

At the race I met up with Tim and Jono only to see that I'd missed a memo or e-mail or something. Tim had carbon wheels and Jono had a brand new set of Vredestein race tires. I suddenly felt inadequate with my PowerTap and training tires.

As for the race, I was planning to shoot from the hip and get in a good workout. At the start line I was chillin' in the back talking to Scott Zwizanski. It took me about 3 or 4 laps to move up to the front at which point the winning break of 4, to become 2, riders was already off. Cal Giant and Z-Team were represented.

Spent the rest of the race attacking, trying to pull back the break and exploding. The chase never got going and the 10 Cal Giant guys weren't helping.

I mistimed the whole attack/explode thing for the finish and went from near the front to not as the bell was ringing. Alex Wick from DBC murmered something about me owing him a leadout. As we were like 40th wheel and the race was strung out single file I decided to pass. Where I ended up finishing is not important.

Jesse Moore won from the break. Originally he was supposed to ride out with us but had some excuse about not finding a ride back. I guess it was all part of the plan.

Update: Added a picture by Mark Adkison of Hors Category Photography.

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Monday, February 9, 2009, 9:25 am
some solid pro level excuses there man ;) . I like your pic also: http://www.bissellprocycling.com/theteam.html

Monday, February 9, 2009, 10:10 am
You looked great out there Paul. Nice efforts on the front. Perfect for the first race of the year. I look forward to more lactic fun with ya!

Monday, February 9, 2009, 7:55 pm
Hobbies: Hanging with the wife and researching computational geometry related protein folding problems

Ha! Dork! =P

Monday, February 9, 2009, 7:55 pm
Not the wife part... she's pretty cool.

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