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Maybe it was the Bike
Friday, May 8, 2009 - Race Reports
We arrived at the road race course to news that the women did really well (10, 13, 14). That put a lot of pressure on us. The race had a hard first 15 miles, then 4 flat 10 mile loops and finished with a decently hilly last 10 miles.

We expected things to break up during the climbs at the beginning but the field was too fresh and the right moves never happened. We arrived at the loops with about 50 guys.

Then the attacking began, but I was having trouble getting away. I was talking to Kiel Reijnen (Jelly Belly) a bunch and we were both a little frustrated with the racing. Every time one of us would go up the road the pack was all over us.

Whatever, I turned to trying to help Adam and Phil get up there. The highlight was when I launched Adam up to a 10 man group, unfortunately it came back. The move finally went at the end of the 3rd lap and we had Adam in it.

The problem was I thought the break was a lot smaller than it was. A lot of people were bridging up and I wasn't keeping track. But I didn't find that out till the finish.

In the chase I attacked on the first climb on the way back and stayed away till the finish. That upped the ego a little bit, but overall I wasn't too excited about the result.

Adam was 8th out of the break, I was 19th and Nils, Phil and Will were 28, 29, 31. Not great but it did put us into second in the Team Omnium. That basically means we have to ride the Crit hard tomorrow.

Did anyone watch the race at www.bicycleracing.tv? How was it? I heard paulmach.com made the coverage.

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Friday, May 8, 2009, 10:10 pm
the "live coverage" sucked balls.

nice job. you guys got pwned by the ladies. better sack up tomorrow.

Friday, May 8, 2009, 10:33 pm

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