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The Paul Mach Blog - Merco gets the Bissell deep clean

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Merco gets the Bissell deep clean
Sunday, March 7, 2010 - Race Reports
Off the front. It was another one of those flat, straight, 120 mile days at the Merco Foothills Road Race. You know, long, fast and did I say flat?

It was also the first team road race of the season which made it the first without radios. So what's the verdict? Well, it was different and I kind of liked it. But I'll reserve final judgement 'till we do some bigger events.

As for the race, the attacks started right off the gun. A number of small groups got off the first lap but they all came back. The winning break of 13 went with about 3.5 laps (80 miles) to go. All the major teams were represented so we quickly got a gap that hovered around 2 minutes for the rest of the race. Me and Ben were there for Bissell.

About 70 miles later the group started angsting for some action. The attacks started but we made it through the rollers intact. I tried a few moves in the last few kilometers but nothing worked. However, I like to think that those, plus my super leadout, softened the field so Ben could take the win. I finished 8th.

The picture above is by Wil Matthews. The one below is also his and features both of the princesses in my life, Sara and the Pinarello. It was taken at the Marin County Triathlon and is currently number 9 in this gallery.
The two women in my life

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David W
Monday, March 8, 2010, 8:14 am
Paul, in case you despair no one is reading your blog...I read, I laughed. This year's deep cleaning has only just begun!

Jim Allison
Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 5:46 am
Will ya'll be riding the Tour of Cali?

Thursday, March 11, 2010, 10:33 pm
Paulmach.com i love it.

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