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The Paul Mach Blog - Frickin' crazy bike racing

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Frickin' crazy bike racing
Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Race Reports
I've been watching The Deadliest Catch. I like seeing them risk their lives for not enough money. But I just realized that's what I did today, so I've turned it off in disgust.

But let me start at the beginning, the beginning of the San Dimas Stage Race. This is my 5th time doing this race.

Stage 1 was yesterday's hill climb TT. I threw it down, felt good, but since my computer wasn't working I had no idea what my time was. I started like 10th so I waited around for a while not knowing whether to feel happy or sad.

In the end I was happy and sad. I finished 6th in 13:10 which is my second fastest time on the course. It was better than I expected going in, but I got second last year, so that was a step back.

Okay, today was the road race. The course is known to be a crit on steroids extended over 84 miles. Most likely the craziest course of the year.

The highlight was my crash on the climb. It started when a dude came dancing past me for no reason. Then physics happened and his high center of gravity was offset by a branch. This sent his trajectory toward a new stable equilibrium, the one corresponding to the ground. That was right before I hit him, went over the bars and crashed myself.

It's funny that of the almost 1000 times I thought I was going to die today, the only one that was on the climb was a split second before my crash.

I was doing decent with my positioning, but messed it up going into the final climb. That ended up costing me. I finished 20th, 11 seconds down and moved to 7th on GC. Not as bad as I thought.

To end a rough day, my derailed hanger snapped right after the finish line. It was bent in the crash. And that was the end of my riding.

So there you have it, mostly regular bike racing stuff. If you made it this far, I thank you.

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