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I'm dreaming in my dream
Sunday, May 16, 2010 - Race Reports
TV time Boy am I glad I shaved my legs this morning. Versus in HD sure does pick out all the flaws.

So, I had a good day. I made the break at the Tour of California and snagged the KOM jersey for my efforts. Very very happy about that. It's a huge result for me and getting to wear the jersey in Davis will be extra cool.

I'm sure you can read all about the race on the internet somewhere, so I'll just list some disconnected thoughts.

On the first neutral lap, Jens Voigt flies to the front and says to Fabian, "Man, I just had to go hard up the hill to get up here and I'm tired." Sure you are Jens, sure you are.

In the break, Maarten Tjallingii of Rabobank said, "They'll keep us at 5 minutes if we go hard or slow, so lets just go easy." That is so anti-american. Here we work hard because everything is achievable, even holding off a chasing peloton.

On the climb I wasn't sure if I missed the 1k to go sign so when I heard some guy yell, "It's a half mile to the top," I waited, attacked, exploded and then finally saw the 1k to go sign. Obviously wasn't a PaulMach.com reader, because you're smarter than that.

Got the super love from the UC Davis guys today. Just want to say a big thanks to everyone who sent me messages, much appreciated.

I'm currently leading the California Cup, so ball's in your court Levi.

The crowds were crazy and got bigger and bigger as we got to Sacramento. Never before have so many people cared about cycling.

About the mustaches. It's an intra-team contest and there will be a vote for prizes on the Bissell Cycling Facebook site after the race. We're also doing it to raise awareness of our supporting sponsor, Ronald McDonald House.

I have data from the race today and it's pretty interesting.

As for tomorrow, I'll tell you what I told Velonews. I'm just going to go race my bike.

In other news, my first bike had a bad crash in the Sacramento Grand Prix today. I'm a little sad, but it had a good life and saw enough miles for multiple bike lifetimes.

All May Entries

Sunday, May 16, 2010, 11:58 pm
O.K., I deserved that. I'm the one that called out "0.5 mile to the top". Funny thing, I just rode down from the top with 2 other guys and asked them how far we came down. Both said 0.5 miles. Here's the embarrassing part. I went to grad school at UCD and currently work there as a researcher. In fact, I had a UCD team jersey on when I misinformed you. You're right, I wasn't a PaulMach.com reader...but I am now. And yes, I are much smarter now.

Sorry about that. I'm glad it worked out. Congratulations. Good luck tomorrow. When this is over, I'll buy you a Racer 5 at Burgers and Brew....if you stop calling me out on your webpage.

Harmen Mijnen
Monday, May 17, 2010, 12:00 am
Nice Job! I couldn't believe my eyes, well actually I could. :)
Much greetings from Holland

Monday, May 17, 2010, 12:17 am
As always from your DBCRT friends... Congrats
Pretty awesome to watch you on Versus today.
Good Luck tomorrow, and as you said... Just Race your bike!

Monday, May 17, 2010, 7:18 am
Congrats Paul on your great ride yesterday. Definitely sad to hear about the end of the Jamis, but between you, me, and Frank that bike has seen an easy 40k+ miles. It has served the UCD cycling team well. Maybe it will go up in the US Bicycling Hall of Fame!?

JR Palileo
Monday, May 17, 2010, 9:36 am
i still remember the paul mach that broke his jamis in half at land park in the cat 4 race a few years ago! haha man; good riding, dude.

Monday, May 17, 2010, 9:39 am
I was standing on hwy 49 about .5km below the KOM with a bunch of other cyclists...we gasped in awe at your attack speed. I've ridden that route many times and learning that you're a hometown guy winning KOM on our road was really exciting! that had to be one of the most inspiration cycling moments for me ever. awesome! congrats!!

Enrique Z
Monday, May 17, 2010, 9:46 am
I never thought that Phil Liggett would say the name of a guy from the math building (I'm in Ac Surge) so many times.

But more importantly, what plotting package do you use for your race data? Get a load of that... I'm asking for a web-based data visualization reference from a guy who pulled down a jersey in the ToC.

Monday, May 17, 2010, 2:34 pm
Nice job Paul, the data package is pretty cool, too...what program is that ? I like how we only get to see Andy's HR : - ) Good luck with the rest of the week.

Monday, May 17, 2010, 4:44 pm
Good work Paul. It was great to see you on TV. I still remember that first day we ran at woodland and you couldn't stop farting. Or was it me? Good times.

Carlos B-R
Monday, May 17, 2010, 6:44 pm
Way to go!!

Jim A
Monday, May 17, 2010, 7:08 pm
Say no more, say no more...

1. Brett Lancaster Cervélo TestTeam in 8:43:24
2. Peter Sagan Liquigas Doimo at 00:04
3. Karl Menzies at 00:04
4. Lars Boom Rabobank at 00:06
5. Thomas Rabou Team Type 1 at 00:06
6. Marc De Maar at 00:07
7. Paul Mach Bissell Pro Cycling at 00:08
8. Michael Rogers HTC-Columbia at 00:10
9. Janez Brajkovic Team RadioShack at 00:10
10. Ryder Hesjedal Garmin-Transitions at 00:10
11. Peter Stetina Garmin-Transitions at 00:10
12. Levi Leipheimer Team RadioShack at 00:10
13. Thomas Danielson Garmin-Transitions at 00:10
14. David Zabriskie Garmin-Transitions at 00:10
15. Andre Steensen Team Saxo Bank at 00:10
16. Rory Sutherland at 00:10
17. Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil Team RadioShack at 00:10
18. Lance Armstrong Team RadioShack at 00:10
19. Francesco Bellotti Liquigas Doimo at 00:10
20. Andy Schleck Team Saxo Bank at 00:10

Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 12:25 am
Go Paul! We are all rooting for you down here in SLO. Hey... you're team leader now.
Best of luck,


Friday, May 21, 2010, 1:50 pm
Paul, for the record, I told Kevin it was about a mile to the top. This is just another example of Kevin not listening and it backfiring, ie. 15t cog on Paradise Royale.

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