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A Crit, I did the Merco Crit
Monday, March 3, 2008 - Race Reports
Why would I do this crit? Because they signed me up without even asking. Joe's calming words, "Man, don't trip," didn't help much.

The goal for the race was to practice riding crits. You know, getting used to all that bumping and cornering. As is typical, I started in the back and spent the first half trying to get to the front. There I did the standard Paul thing and spent some time on the front chasing stuff down for no real good reason.

The awesome part came with about 7 laps to go where I went off the front solo. When Steve first saw me, he thought I was off the back and yelled in to the radio, "Paul? Are you okay?" I decided not to answer that question and just keep pedaling. The next three laps hurt a lot, I didn't know I could keep my heart rate above 190 for that long. Then I blew up and finished in the back somewhere. It was cool.

There was a crash with a lap and a half to go. Joe didn't go down, but his bike and rear wheel are toast. Judd was up there for the finish and managed a top 15, but he wasn't happy.

We stayed to watch the pro race which featured Chris Horner who was "Free ballin' it" with no teammates. He lapped the field and got second. Phil managed to hang in there but got caught up behind a crash on the last lap.

After the race, we hit up the Marie Calendar's and returned to our Motel 6 suite. The movie this night was "Old School."

"You are beautiful. But no offense, he, he is the king.
You are having pie and coffee with a living legend. "

- The Waiter (Old School)

Here are the Official Race Results and more info on Sunday's road race to come later.


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Staz
Monday, March 3, 2008, 6:59 pm
Paul Mach,
I just wanted to let you know that your a boss, and yes I do actually check this thing!





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