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Riding off into the sunset
Monday, March 29, 2010 - Race Reports
The Sunset Loop Circuit Race is considered one of the hardest days of racing in the US. And that is just what was in store for the last stage of The Redlands Bicycle Classic.

We did 12 laps on this very technical, up the climb, down the climb course, for a total of 94 miles. It had 50 mph descents, a ton of crazy turns and a decent climb to sting the legs.

Andy got in the early break and since he was the highest placed GC guy Bissell was happy with just letting it role away to the finish.

Most of the race was pretty steady. On the last 3 laps guys started attacking and groups of 10 or 12 would break off the front. But since all the GC guys would make the split, no one had motivation to ride and it would come back together.

At the end, the real threat was Andy's break. He needed just 30 seconds to take the win. There was a furious chase and they reached the "time cut line" 18 seconds ahead of the next group.

GC time was taken before entering the crit course for some finishing circuits. We did 4 loops of that to decide stage placing.

Ben gave a furious fight for bonus seconds but still ended up second. But we’re still happy since we ended up with 4 guys in the top 10 and the Team GC.

Andy's 18 seconds jumped him up to 8th on GC and moved me down to 10th. I know that's the wrong direction to be moving but I'm still very happy with the result.

After the race I got a ride in Eric's '65 Mustang. I considered this quite the honor since he spent most mornings wiping it down wearing shorts and his sleeveless Giordana base layer. And that is something only Eric can pull off.

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Chaz Michael Michael's Dad
Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 7:25 am
Regarding Eric; Does his milkshake bring all the boys to the yard?
& typo...wiping

Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 8:01 am
Oh, come on CMMD! You know you enjoy the occasional "whipping down the car."

April fools
Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 10:00 pm
Dude, you made the front page of cyclingnews....what???!!!! Picture next to Knee pain article

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