Monday, February 2, 2009


This weekend was the first road race of the year, it was located in and around Solvang CA right above Santa Barbara CA.  It was a fun race, however team type 1 showed up with  everyone on the team, this however was not fun.  team type 1 put ten men up the road and then controlled the race to a T.  they would put 4 guys on the front of the pack and then go attack over the yellow line so no one was able to chase after them, and this made for a very uneventful rest of the race.  Due to the team type 1 debacle the main field had lost the incentive to race hard because of the simple fact that we would be racing for 20th position.  other than the highly annoying team type 1 squad the first road race of the year was very fun and went very well.

Mothballs: the mothballs crit the next day, this was a big chance for me to get a big result on the season, the first part of the race very uneventful, I put in a few early attacks and tried to bridge a few gaps early on.  Then disaster at the 20 laps to go I feel my rear tire start to slip in a corner and then to realize i have about 20lbs of air in my rear tire , damn a flat at this time.  This is perfect time as teams are starting to get organized  for the sprint.  going to the pit i take my free lap and back in the race in no time, however my adrenaline being so high i went with the fist attack that went off the front as soon as i rejoined, this was the wrong thing to do, because i just wasted a bunch of energy with not much time left in the race.  After recovering as much as possible i lined up behind teammate Paul Che, my replacement wheel however had a 12 tooth rear gear and this was impossible to sprint on with speeds reaching 40 miles an hour. ending up 12th i was not incredibly happy but still a solid finish. 

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