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They have some big climbs in Utah
Saturday, August 16, 2008 - Race Reports
Utah Stage 4 profile The queen stage of the Tour of Utah was today. 98 miles, 14,778 ft of climbing, 22 mph average. Check out the profile above. The first half may look easy, but what looks like just a roller is actually an 800 ft climb.

Anyway, I finished 32nd which puts me 26th in the GC. I'm semi happy with it, here is how it played out.

The first half was pretty chill. We hit the first 800ft roller hard but then a break went up the road. Later as I was hoping the peloton would take a "nature break" we got stopped at a train crossing. One of those old time tourist trains with a bunch of kids in it rolled by to see about 60 cyclists losing some fluid.

About 52 miles in the first major climb started. I tried to stay with the lead group as long as I could. I got dropped with Danny Pate and tried to stay on his wheel but then got dropped again to join the second group. I was actually feeling pretty good, I just couldn't match their power. The pace was a little jumpy in the back and every time they accelerated it would put me in the red.

The decent was technical and I almost died twice. One time making a total ass of myself as I almost shot straight into the trees on a hairpin turn.

We hit the second climb of the day about 1:40 back on the front group. We went up it pretty mellow and it was clear that everyone in the group had given up. As we worked our way to the final climb the pace was way down and we hit the bottom 6:40 back from the leaders. I was pretty mad that we had slowed down so much, my top 20 GC hopes were going up the road, but there was nothing I could do.

I gave the final climb everything I had and ended up about 12:45 down from Mr. Louder. I was second from our chase group.

Overall I felt pretty good all day. It was nowhere near as hard as Stage 2. Had I been in that front group however, things probably would have been different.

I'm the top amateur in the GC right now and with a short 7.5 mile time trial tomorrow I don't expect much to change, but you never know.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008, 9:28 am
great race reports and congrats on so far being top GC -- it's a hard race!

Monday, August 18, 2008, 7:25 am
not to mention you seem to be the top rider on your team - nice work.

Monday, August 18, 2008, 12:42 pm
You'd have made a MUCH bigger ass of yourself if you had actually died--so kudos on your continued aliveness.

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