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The Paul Mach Blog - Gila Day 2: Not that Bad

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Gila Day 2: Not that Bad
Thursday, April 30, 2009 - Race Reports
Last night I talked to some of the guys about my riding yesterday. Basically I learned that if you've already covered 2 or 3 moves you'll be too tired to cover the next ones right. You end up just dragging the field because you've lost all your snap. So that is why you have teammates.

Anyway, today's stage was pretty much the Armstrong and Horner show. They rode the front all day keeping the break in check. Ben was up there and that took the pressure off of us. I felt pretty good given how bad my legs hurt all night. That makes me happy.

I had two stupid crashes. One was on the big decent. I was off the front and hit a lump of pavement in one of the hairpin turns, lost control and just started going straight. I wasn't going too fast, the bump just threw me off. I ended up tipping over in the shoulder at about 5mph. Nothing too bad.

The second one was on the final turn. The race went from 2 lanes to 1 bigger lane with a median in the middle of the road. Things were getting squished and guys were jumping the median. I was a little further back and thought I could make the turn just fine. Then I realized that people were going straight because there was gravel in the road. I turned on it and washed out.

Tomorrow's TT has some ups and downs, we'll see how it goes.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009, 9:46 pm
Hey Paul... I come home each day looking forward to reading your reports on how your day went. Keeping my fingers crossed that you have a awesome time down at Gila.
Best wishes and good luck from the DBC Masters Race Team. Ciao

Friday, May 1, 2009, 1:47 pm
I thought you guys talked about this stuff during the race?

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