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Monday, May 7, 2012 - Race Reports
Gila is an interesting race. You do two hard days followed by two, not easy, but short days. This allows one to recover quite a bit before Sunday's big 100 mile, 9000 foot, Gila Monster stage.

The Saturday crit was cool and it ended with my teammate, Luca, finishing 3rd. Another podium for Kenda/5. That's what they called it in the local papes.

On Sunday I managed to get into the break, more accurately a split, with 20 other guys. We had 3 guys (Me, Jim and Andy) in it. Competitive Cyclist had the best situation with 4 guys including Chad Beyer highest on GC.

I ended going all in and pulling hard until the first big climb to give Andy and Jim as much time as possible. This was a controversial move since Andy and Jim weren't the best climbers in the group. But, I think that was our best card and we played it.

They both finished pretty well and more importantly were able to help out our climbers later in the race. For example, Nate was solo coming back over the Gila Monster and Jim was able to help him on the decent.

Now I'm just excited to be on my way home. The limited internet access has been tough. I'm looking forward to seeing how much Mikko has changed and how much was just the camera distortion.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 7:38 am
We only had three, we just rode like four :) seriously good riding out there, better make UHC work for it then do nothing all day.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 8:54 am
Really, only 3? I guess when Rabou had spit all over his face I counted him twice :)

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