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The Paul Mach Blog - My First Race in Oregon Was Pretty Flash

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My First Race in Oregon Was Pretty Flash
Saturday, April 4, 2009 - Race Reports
A Visual This weekend a few of us Bissell boys, me, Omer, Morgan and Jeremy, headed up to The Dalles for the Cherry Blossom Classic. We were a little worried about the weather up in Northern Oregon, but it turned out pretty good, clear and windy. The first stage today was a road race, 4 loops for 75 miles, up and over a hill. Saturday has a TT in the morning and Crit in the evening. There is another road race on Sunday.

Even before the start Morgan had some drama. He caught a stick on the way to the start line and tore the derailleur hanger right off his Pinarello Prince. It was pretty sad but he was a good sport and ended up as our only guy in the feedzone.

I was expecting the race to roll out pretty mellow but the local teams were out in force and a break went away early. Jeremy made it into a chase group and Omer set me up for a bridge attempt on the climb. The two front groups came together over the top so we had 2 Bissell out of about 15.

We rolled well for the rest of the lap. The second time up the climb Jeremy and I worked the front and the group dwindled down to 7 guys. At this point we decided that I should try to get up the road since Jeremy is the only one with a TT bike and I could use the extra time.

Thus, I attacked the third time up the climb and my Easton EC90 Aero wheels rolled so well I stayed away for the whole last lap. It was a little early but plan B was for Jeremy to sit on and sprint so I think we had it pretty good. That is just what he did and finished second.

Official results haven't been posted yet but I think I'm a couple minutes up on Jeremy and maybe another minute up on third place. Later I stole Jeremy's latte just to rub it in.

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Jason Eiserich
Friday, April 3, 2009, 8:40 pm
Great racing Paul! Best of luck in the next 3 stages!

Friday, April 3, 2009, 8:48 pm
Double Ditto Paul... Mega good luck!
We will miss you tomorrow on the Wheelworks
ride. Have a blast and kick some As@...
Ciao and out!

Friday, April 3, 2009, 10:22 pm
I wish your grammer was as good as your bike racing... but congrats on your first victory as a pro!

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