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A wedding, a car and a bike race
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - Race Reports
It was quite a weekend. It started off with the wedding of Nils and Janie. Congratulations to them. Nils and I both started racing and Phding at the same time. Now he's got a girl and I'm buying mine a car.

So yeah, after a fun night we woke up early and bought a car. It's the largest purchase Sara or I have ever made, but more on that next time.

Then it was Nevada City Classic time. The race didn't disappoint and it was hard as ever.

It started out with lots of hard tempoing up the climb, till Evan Huffman got away. Then it was the classic, let the pros (me, Max, Kirk and Ian) chase till they get tired, and then attack. Good times.

I did a lot of work early and went for some primes. A couple early and one late. That last one screwed my legs, but it was so worth it.

Then, on the 31st lap, with two laps to go, there was a crash in the second corner. It was my fault for being at the back, but seriously? From what I understand it was a case of amateur bike racer playing amateur mechanic and a tire rolling off the rim.

As the three of us lay on the ground my only thought was, "I need to get going, a couple places lost can mean a lot of prize money." I spent 45 seconds on the ground and finished 6th. It's my second best result at Nevada City, but I hate to have it end that way.

Meanwhile, friend of the blog, Ian Boswell was soloing off the front to take the win. Last year I helped him, this year he did it all on his own.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 5:14 pm
Yeah I have never in my life ever seen a real pro roll a tire, never ever. It's just those pesky amateurs who do nothing but crash and get in the way of prize money.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 11:16 pm
And life goes on.

I think subconsciously I was trying to get back some the money I'd just spent on a car. It was a large check.

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