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Sparks in Sparks
Friday, June 18, 2010 - Race Reports
So I had big plans for some sweet blog posts over the last week, but here we are again with another race report. This time from the Tour de Nez.

The Bissell hit squad for this race consists of just me and Ian Boswell. Are two guys really a hit squad? Well, technically it's the smallest kind of hit squad you can have, so yes.

Yesterday's prologue was 12 corners, 1.5 miles, on slick cement, very technical. With nowhere to get up to speed, it was all about the sprint out of every corner.

At the start there was a lot of talk about the sketchy course. But it got real when Ian's brother came by to tell me Ian had crashed. There was blood all over the top tube of his bike.

I rolled into the start house contemplating if I'd been psyched out, only to be distracted by something else. 15 seconds before my start I felt a bit of pressure on my backside. It felt like the holder was leaning his crotch up against my saddle.

I thought it was weird but was still professional about it. Later I realized he must have felt it too and didn't move. My wife claims I liked it but I can assure you that was not the case.

Anyway, finished 25th. That was expected considering how I rode the course. I got less and less bummed the more people I saw who'd crashed.

Tonight is the circuit race in downtown Reno, and it looks like Ian is okay to start. What's a little road rash when you're 19?

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