Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - Race ReportsWell, it's Tour of the Gila time again. Stage 1, 95 miles out to Mogollon with a crazy hill top finish.
I'll get right to it, Levi won, again. I saw him in the elevator at our hotel and he said, "The elevation made it hard." So there you have it boys and girls, it was hard for him to put 1:24 minutes into me.
The race was all about that final 4k climb. I went into it in good position but my plan was to ride my own pace up the thing. I think that was a good choice.
Half way up someone yelled, "Go PaulMach.com" just as Burke was passing me. He made some joke about us looking alike, but I was in no mood to laugh.
Then I passed Lance Armstrong. I know right, The Lance Armstrong. But he's only won 2 races in the last 4 years so does it really mean anything? Oh snap!!
To sum it up, the climb hurt bad. It's a hard climb just in itself. Then you add in the altitude and the fact that you're racing and it turns into death.
I ended up 16th. Last year I was 36th and 2 minutes behind Lance. So I consider this an improvement.
In other PaulMach.com news, I was Panda of the week on Elis' blog. I also finally got the Podium Insight interview. It's a little long but it's definitely worth reading every word. At least that's what my wife says.