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The Paul Mach Blog - Cherry Picking Cherry Blossoms

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Cherry Picking Cherry Blossoms
Sunday, April 5, 2009 - Race Reports
One big hill The last stage of the Cherry Blossom Classic was today. It was 3 times up this 6 mile climb for 84 miles total. The pre-race plan was simple; keep the GC placings and maybe go for the stage.

So for the first two laps Jeremy and Omer rode tempo on the front. There was some arguing between them as Jeremy wanted to make sure he did just as much work as Omer, but other than that it was pretty smooth. I just sat 3rd wheel the whole time.

Omer, just coming back from his injury, was killing it on the climb. The first time, half way up, 5 miles into the race, people were already making bad choices. Some dudes were fighting for position and one stuck his front wheel into my rear quick release. A Land Rover guy yelled at him, "That was your F***in' fault and you know it." He responded with something, but I never saw him again.

The second time up Omer did the same thing. He would look back and see people suffering and just go harder. It was fun to watch.

With a lap to go the group was down to about 20 and they told us it was 3:30 to the break. Clearly the field was hurting since the group was so small. Thus it was game on.

The third time up the climb I attacked with the intent of catching the breakaway. A few of the GC contenders went with me, so I attacked again. I was going deeper into the pain cave as I went up the hill but finally caught all but one of the exploding break.

That guy, Adrian Hegyvary, still had 1:30 on me at the bottom of the decent. I think he put time in on the way down and I was going pretty fast through the long non-technical corners.

Anyway, for the last 15 miles I chased and chased and chased. The gap got shorter and shorter. 30, 25, 20, 18, 15, 12 seconds. In the end I ran out of pavement and he won by 5 seconds. Almost. So I rolled in for second, 2:53 ahead of the next group.

That finished off a good weekend. Me and Jeremy Vennell went 1, 2 in the GC with 1 stage win and 2 second places. Not bad for a weekend trip up to Oregon.

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Monday, April 6, 2009, 10:44 am
Yeah! Way to go boyz!

Monday, April 6, 2009, 5:22 pm
Congrats PM and Team... Nice way to spend a
few days in Oregon.

Monday, April 6, 2009, 8:00 pm
Congrats on the win!

Williams Cycling
Monday, April 6, 2009, 8:06 pm
Didn't take you long to make a statement in the pro peleton. Not bad at all kid!

Monday, April 6, 2009, 8:42 pm
Wow congrats Paul. Nice to see an Aggie doing so well! Go Ags this year- win nats! :)

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