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The Paul Mach Blog - I guess there are no easy days

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I guess there are no easy days
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - Race Reports
Stage 4 of the Tour of California was supposed to be easy, but it wasn't. I was suffering and I don't think I was the only one. It was fast the whole time, if you stopped pedaling on the decents you'd get gapped. I couldn't figure out how they were doing it.

The impressive ride today was by Bissell’s Rob Britton. He made the move that started with 8 riders and dwindled down to 5, 4, and 3. He was out there for 115 miles.

The big dramas happened about 100 miles in. There was a crash and as everyone swerved over I got pushed off the road and fell in the dirt.

Ben JM stopped to help me get back on. He chucked it into the 53x11 and floored it. I just stared at his hub and dug deep.

This all happened right before the race was chucked into the gutter. When we finally got back on there were like 4 echelons. Luckily we turned into a head wind and there were motivated guys to bring it back together.

When something like this happens there is total chaos in the caravan. Guys are trying to motor pace back on and slinging themselves off the cars. The directors are all over the road trying to help where they can.

Before all this we came down into Paterson on the Early Bird Road Race course. Let it be known that I was Cat 5, group A, champion back in 2006. Russell White still thinks he won the race for me by pulling back the dude off the front, and he's probably right.

Anyway, it all happens again tomorrow with another 121 mile stage.

All May Entries

Thursday, May 20, 2010, 3:51 pm
Exciting footage with you in the break today. If only the six of you had worked together the win would have been yours...

Thursday, May 20, 2010, 4:11 pm
FANTASTIC riding today, Paul! Go get that KOM jersey back!

Daniel Prater
Thursday, May 20, 2010, 4:19 pm
Awesome work Paul! My PC is tuned to AToC to watch the skinny Davis guy with the porn 'stache. You've really stepped it up and I'm super impressed and proud. Go kick some ass, my man!

Thursday, May 20, 2010, 9:18 pm
Nice riding this week. Your looking uber strong and doing an awesome job getting the sponsors some quality TV time. And FYI I thought the 200 meter to go mark was the finish. From- The guy off the front at Patterson.

Friday, May 21, 2010, 11:08 am
The other memorable result from that Early Bird Road race? I was DFL. I still tell that story as an exercise in foreshadowing: in what was the first collegiate race for both of us, you won, and I lost.

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