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Followed like the North Star
Sunday, June 20, 2010 - Race Reports
The Tour de Nez ended yesterday with a circuit race at Northstar. We did 90 minutes around a tough little course at the village.

Ian and I weren't feeling all that super and I knew I didn't have the legs to pull off some hero move. That was fine, I figured we could at least get in a breakaway or something.

Both Ian and I rode pretty aggresively, throwing down multiple attacks. I tried the full spectrum: dumb ones, smart ones, weak ones, strong ones. But nothing seemed to work.

The few times it did work, I'd look back and we'd have a big gap, then look back again a few seconds later to see the field fast approaching.

Soon after the dude doing the pulling would roll up next to me, breathing through his eyeballs, and give me a look. I'm not sure what he was expecting, I didn't have any gold star stickers with me.

Anyway, in the middle of all this hoopla, Graham Howard and Burke Swindlehurst managed to get away with no response from the peloton. That made me laugh.

Then someone said to me, "We need to keep the pace up to bring them back." Those guys are ex-Bissell teammates and good friends, so I had no interest in that. Graham ended up taking the win, with Burke second. Good on them.

Overall, it seemed like the peloton was too tired to attack, but more than willing to chase. That situation usually leads to sprint finishes, i.e., lame races.

Oh well, we'll give it another shot today at Nevada City. Maybe the legs will come around, maybe they won't. You'll just have to come out and see.

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