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Crazy, but "No Dramas Boys, no Dramas"
Saturday, May 2, 2009 - Race Reports
The crit wasn't till 3:15 in the afternoon so most of the day was spent waiting. A little ride to loosen up the legs and then a nap.

But at 3:15 it was on. It was crazy, just what you'd expect from a 160 person field. You'd be near the front, then it'd bunch up in the head wind and you'd get swarmed. In no time you'd be 40 wheels back as it went single file over the top of the climb.

The big drama happened with 1.5 laps to go. There was a crash in turn 2 that held up the field, including me. Got past it and was chasing with Levi. In turn 4 he told me, "Watch out, I don't have a feel for this bike." I didn't know what he was talking about so I let him lead the turn. Turns out he was on Horner's bike because he rolled a tire avoiding the crash.

But then it gets crazier. A guy slides out in that turn right in front of Levi. He barely avoids it. I was a little further back so I went around no problem. Then we spent the last lap chasing. Actually I spent the last lap getting blown off of Levi's wheel. What an honor.

I think they are giving everyone who was together with 2 to go the same time, so no problems there. For more info, Velonews has an article on the race.

Tomorrow's stage is INSANE. But now I better get back to watching The Wedding Crashers on TV. Peace.


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Chaz Michael Michael's Dad
Sunday, May 3, 2009, 2:32 pm
Paul, I can say I was honored to be blown off the wheel of someone that got blown off Levi's wheel, but the truth is that I haven't gotten to race with you since you've been blowing people's doors off, so I don't have that great honor.





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