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Mr. Big Stuff, Who Do They Think I Are?
Saturday, February 14, 2009 - General
This whole Tour of California thing has been good to me. Over the last week I've received a lot of extra attention. Mainly because I look like some of the guys who are actually doing the tour. Let me share with you some of the more humorous incidents.

On Tuesday, out by Cardiac, some guy in a car pulled up to me and Adam Switters and asked for an autograph. He then pulled over and we talked for a few minutes. This was all good until it caused us to barely miss the race ride. We would have been fine but those amateurs cut it short because it "looked like it was going to rain."

Thursday, some guy named Bruce rolls up to me on a farm road south of Davis and says, "Wait, do I know you? Oh sorry you look like Burke Swindlehurst." I've actually heard that before. "Well tell him I said hi and good luck this weekend." He sped off before I could explain.
Me and Burke, the same? Then on the Wheelworks ride, on which I had a bunch of luck, some girl asked me if I was racing today. I said, "You bet! I got second on that sprint but Phil Mooney went over the center line so actually I won." Nothing like a 4.5 hour warmup to get those good sensations.

The best one happened at the prologue today. I talked to Frank Pipp after and he said, I kid you not, "There are a bunch of people on the course wearing Davis stuff and yelling PaulMach.com to all the Bissell riders." I'd like to thank the Junior Team for their support. Maybe one day it will actually apply.

There are only a few hours left before the public forgets about bike racing again. But the excitement hasn't died yet, I'll be trading my Bissell trading cards tomorrow at the start.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009, 8:24 am
Sounds like Mooney hasn't changed much since his Greencastle days.

Robby Hartman
Sunday, February 15, 2009, 8:03 pm
that was me and my friend yelling paulmach.com. we went up to the bissell warmup tent and said that and they all laughed... haha

Monday, February 16, 2009, 7:56 am
I saw you on a ride last Monday and knew it was you and not Burke.

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