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Turnarounds make Races Awesome, NOT!!!
Monday, August 4, 2008 - Race Reports
A bunch of Bad Ass Boys Over the years I've found there are two ways to win a race. One way is to beat everyone else to the line. The other is to convince yourself that everyone who finished ahead of you is either lucky, a moron, or you let them win.

So while the results say I got 8th at the Distincts last Saturday, I actually won and here's why:
  1. Steve Reaney - Soloing to the finish is bad ass unless you have 20 teammates blocking for you, then it's just cool.
  2. Andy J-M - Lucky to have like 20 teammates.
  3. Adam Switters - Update your blog you moron!
  4. Fabrice Dubost - Wasn't lucky and I didn't let him beat me, so he must be a moron.
  5. Nate English - Consider it a gift, one former runner to another.
  6. Roman Kilun - Friend of the Blog. You're welcome.
  7. Andres Gil - Must be lucky or a moron, I'm not sure.
This is from the names found on this picture. There might be others, but you get the idea.

Anyway, Fort Ord course with two crazy turnarounds and the twisty climb wasn't selective enough because of a headwind. Cal-Giant had like 20 guys, so you guess how it played out: I spent a lot of useless time on the front. I got dropped the final time up the climb but caught back on because the group started playing games. Overall I had a good time.

Big props to Dan Sweet, P.E. for pulling back the Jesse Moore.

Amazing quote of the day:

"Well, we should have gotten 1-2, we had like 20% of the field."
- Some Cal-Giant Guy

Makes me all the more excited for Nationals and Utah.

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Monday, August 4, 2008, 1:23 pm
Did the race on Saturday as well, in a much much slower category. All of those turnarounds were a pain the ass, especially the 2nd one which damn near produced a series of trackstands.

Manley Man
Monday, August 4, 2008, 2:04 pm
The only thing useful to the pack with the turnarounds was that it gave you a way to gauge your progress on any breaks. I was in the field with Goose, and yes, it was slower and less berry-boys in our category.

Monday, August 4, 2008, 2:54 pm
Hey Paul
That all fine and good when only 7 guys beat you! What do you do when your beat by 36 guys?
I don't have that many excuses. I guess I'll have to train harder. At both racing and excuses. Oh! And about #4, I think that's the last time Switters leads YOU out on the RR. :)

P Diddy
Monday, August 4, 2008, 9:56 pm
2 turn arounds and your crying!

you must not be a dancer because you are a dizzy boy after only 2 spins in the spin cycle.

good thing is was not 4 turn arounds or you would have cried and cried and cried

the entire races in europe are full of tight roads and crazy sections, we had 2 out there and your crying about it.............

Monday, August 4, 2008, 10:12 pm
Duh! #3

Tuesday, August 5, 2008, 10:28 am
deep down you know you wished you were a strawberry. Davis will never win that thing, they always end up chasing and chasing and chasing and chasing.

In fact, Jesse didn't learn how to attack until he left Davis for Cal Giant. Someone needs to teach you guys how to race with some nads.

In fact in fact, on sunday you had some young'in chasing things back instead of getting into the moves for his team.... um umm well for no reason whatsoever since he didn't have anyone in the pack with the same jersey on.

There must be some type of a need to chase, like something viral in the water in Davis that y'all ingest and it just takes over your minds in norcal races (hammy not included, that was all man, pure man).

Case in point, Nez, you slipped on the badging of a Ziesing stooge and wallah you are Golden Boy Mach. I guess another, you slip on the robes of UCDavis and you smash fools.

ok rant over, commence with Davis chase mode, things just wouldn't be the same without it. The world may actually stop rotating and then how would my toilet know which direction to spin while flushing?

Just FYI
Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 4:31 pm
Somehow The Onion always knows, Local Idiot To Post Comment On Internet

Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 7:10 pm
ThatGuy... try racing with a 52X14... it's pretty easy to bridge in that gear.

Local Idiot
Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 9:18 pm
so instead you pull?

next time you want to pay $27 to pull a bunch of local douches, let me know first, I will let you pull me around town for half that price. I might even let you use daddy's 53 so you can practice that bridging maneuver you have been dreaming about.

young'in (Alex Wick)
Thursday, August 7, 2008, 6:44 pm
well quit being a DMC about it and tell me what you would have done in my place? Sorry not every weekend I have 20% of the field on my side. You ride for a top notch team, but have the attitude of some po dunk cat 4 rider who always seems to get caught behind the crash with 2 to go. So really, I'm just out there to learn... enlighten me.

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