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Mountain Riding
Friday, July 29, 2011 - Race Reports
Sorry about slacking on the blogging, but here is what happened to me last weekend at the Leadville Qualifier up at Northstar.

First, I'm not a mountain biker. At the time of this race I'd had my Cannondale for about 2 weeks. So, the week before I preroad the course to make sure it really was as "roadie friendly" as the organizers claimed. They were right, it was a fun, non-technical course, even for my weak skills.

So, I get to the race expecting a totally different culture than a road race. All the rock music blasting was a little weird. But I was set at ease when I saw the guy warming up on his road bike attached to a trainer.

The race started bright and early at 6:30am with a sharp uphill climb. My plan was to be the first person to the single track at the top of the hill and then laugh as they couldn't pass me.

That pretty much happened for me as Jesse Miller-Smith rocked the climb and dropped everybody. I clawed my way back later and we rode together for most of the race. I put in a surge somewhere on the second lap and didn't look back. Well, until I started cramping and then I was looking back a lot. I got lucky and managed to hold him off.

As for Leadville, I'm not doing it this year. Mainly because it's stupid hard, also it's the same weekend as Utah, so...

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Chaz Michael Michael's dad
Friday, July 29, 2011, 1:06 pm
Congrats on the win! Someone here at the Garden is a cyclist and her husband knows your name and that you were from Davis. You've made it big, baby!
OK, that was kinda akward to call you that.
You see the tweet about the ol' Bissell?

Saturday, July 30, 2011, 11:11 am
It's official, I'm famous nation wide. I'll have to include that in my salary negotiations.

I did see the old Bissell, http://lockerz.com/s/123983364 Cool stuff.

Clint B
Thursday, August 4, 2011, 4:09 pm
Good work Paul. You kick butt.

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