Monday, July 21, 2008

Venezuela

Venezuela
almost loves us. Frank missed the win by 2 mm. It was so so close.
We had a great race. Frank was 2nd, Yosvany was 5th, I won the mid
race prime, and we got third in the team comp.
Well worth the trip. Although I am starting my 5th 12+ hour trip in 8
days.


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Venezuela

Venezuela
almost loves us. Frank missed the win by 2 mm. It was so so close.
We had a great race. Frank was 2nd, Yosvany was 5th, I won the mid
race prime, and we got third in the team comp.
Well worth the trip. Although I am starting my 5th 12+ hour trip in 8
days.


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Friday, July 18, 2008

Vancouver is...

Vancouver is...
Awesome and the self proclaimed 'weed' Capitol of the world. At least
that is what a spectator was telling me as he blew smoke in my face
and explained why we kept racing through clouds of it on the course.
The Tour de Gastown is a tough course that has only three corners and
a tough false flat straightaway. The field started with 152 racers and
by the end there were only 35 finishers.
The race was 60k of attacks followed by more attacks followed by svein
tuft going away solo only to be caught on the last lap. The bunch
sprint was a little crazy and we squeezed out 7th and 8th. There was a
little miscommunication towards the end as we all couldn't find each
other to get organized. Anyway symetrics ended up winning. It was a
super fast race and def worth all the travel. The crowd was amazing
and it was so much fun checking out Vancouver. It is probably the
coolest city I have been to yet.


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Monday, July 14, 2008

Traveling

to Vancouver for Tour de Gastown which is a USA CRIT race in Canada...I guess it shouldn't be called USA anymore as we are going to Canada...
The race is on Wed and I get back to Winston Thursday only to drive to Atlanta to fly to Venuzuela for a one day race there on Sunday, and then I am home for a few days and then off to VEGAS for Aliza brothers wedding...
I am sure I will have interesting stories to share during these next few weeks.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Tired

So Iron Hill came and went and it feels like a dream. Maybe it was the 7 super high gravity beers from Iron Hill right after the race and then getting in the car and driving (actually riding until I sobered up) straight to MI. We (uh and I) did sleep in a rest area for a while until someone parked RIGHT next to us, literally. There was a totally empty parking lot and they had to park right next to us, so we left then. We got here yesterday afternoon, just in time for back to back family reunions. We were tired but it feels good to be back up here hanging out with Yankees.

The race was sweet. The course there is my dream course. Super tight corners and half of the course was up hill. You could make up so much time in the corners and that is what I did. I followed people bridgeing up to a move that frank was in and everyone stopped pedaling and I just took off. Since I was alone, at first I was just going to hang out and soak up as many primes as I could. Each lap i would hammer the hill, recover on the downhill and take the corners as fast as I could. Thankfully I had 3 other teamates in the field slowing things down, so I managed to take a lap with 20 to go and stayed upright for the win.
Everyone was a stud today, Frank took off with 15 to go and stayed clear for 3rd and Parra took 6th and Yosvany took 9th. All four of us got in the top ten.

My life is so glamorous, since we were leaving after the race we didn't have a place to hang beforehand. I forgot to shave and had to do it in the parking lot of a Gas Staion.

Brian, who hosted us before Harlem was helping out and enjoyed some beers with us. Here he is now with Yosvany who is now leading the series..

I love races that are sponsored by beer...



Important Note: Frank wore a skinsuit, and a long sleeved one at that...Just had to go on record and say that.

Here is the Velonews article...