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The Paul Mach Blog - I wear my sun glasses at night

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I wear my sun glasses at night
Saturday, June 20, 2009 - Race Reports
In the car on the way to Northstar for the last race of this year's the Tour de Nez. I have just enough time for a blog about yesterday's crit in Reno.

Basically it was pretty awesome. The course wound through downtown and it got completely dark for the last half hour.

I lined up in the back row at the start and that was the big mistake for the night. The race went single file on the first lap and I was caught near the back. I realized things would go pear-shaped so I tried to move up as much as I could.

The race did blow apart, mainly because of like 3 crashes. At that point I was caught in the second group. Jesse jumped first to bridge across, I hesitated and went right behind him. Unfortunately I never caught Jesse till we both caught the front group about 5 or 6 laps later. That was pretty much my race.

Graham was active in the front group, but since I had lit my match book on fire during the bridge attempt I couldn't help him much.

In the end I finished somewhere in that group of maybe 15 or 20. Graham was 6th or 7th.

I was proud of my bridge attempt, but unfortunately it was motivated by stupidity. Fortunately, I have a chance to try again in about an hour.

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