i think i felt the weight of pain actually pull against my face yesterday.
during an acceleration … jumping without thought … it seems my skin skipped a beat, left slack and slightly vacant until snapped taut and following up the hill.
i really need a new hobby.
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but, i’m sure Murphy the Mack will have another up soon.
for a perfect little start to your morning, check out Lauren’s reasons to wiggle on your saddle.
but i did have a good excuse for missing all the beer-peddled nakedity … there were berry beatings to receive down south in the central valley.
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I was suffering like a ragdoll behind a bumper ~ Jesse the Moore‘s goat-stepping rhythm of long-legged pedalstrokes and next hill visionry cracked me so deep and fissured that i decided right then and there that it was a mistake to give up on my career in jazzercise.
but no ~ instead i’m out trying to match sticks with the mountain men … just no sense to it at all, really.
Jesse won the race (and, he coaches), with Dan Bryant a close 2nd and the only one amongst our small, but gentlemanly starting group who could match Jesse’s horrid extracts of power. DBryant is one of those mutant mind-men who overcome less on brute force and more by sharpened resolve. I mean, he’s fit and strong … but, his ability to sit and suffer on climbs must be attributed more to his mental than physical crankcase. I think he works for an agency with 3 initials … so, maybe that has something to do with it. i mean, don’t they train you to withstand torture for those types of gigs, or maybe that’s that just on tv.
either way, those two dropped us like our federal funding had expired.
3 laps at Orosi … something like 2800ft per lap of climbing (jan’s pics here)?
yeah, great workout … but, kind of humbling. Especially when the cat3 kid comes storming solo up the final few pitches and passes you like you’re on trikes. That kid has raw power like the river. i’m not sure if it was NateEnglish from ZTeam, or another one of their marin monsters come out of the woodworks to stomp … either way, beautiful to see that kind of talent.
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Speaking of those down below ~ shall we talk for a moment about Oscar Sevilla getting his jersey stol’d off his back by a canadian?
i mean … with a dozen boys in the field they lose GC in a 90 minute crit to a 2-man break? yowza.
Let’s just chaw that in our cudbaskets for a sec … Oscar Sevilla and a small armada of Rock’Rs lost the jersey to a 2-man break in a 90min crit.
that is gonna leave a sting. but with Redlands coming up … could be interesting to see if they come out swinging.
what a Redlands this year will be, indeed.
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Anyway, back to Hanford ~ when SvenTuft, BJM, AJM, and the KendollHanson decide they want to leave the pack … there’s not much you can do about it. CalGiant Berries were all over the Hanford Crit and not because they had a dozen in the field … but instead because they had a nice half-crate in attendance ~ with each rider performing superbly … no wasted action at all.
sOzzie Olmos and Dirk Copeland (who won the 35s earlier in the day) were spot-on perfect in their setups and protections of the break. And AJM and Hanson make a formidable finishing duo in a pinch.
But we didn’t go down without a fight. JontheRopekin and I went scratching and clawing all over that race trying to get ourselves into the winning move. We threw our VOSness at the race as best we could, but the most we could manage was getting one of us in the sister-kissing move. Justin Fraga of BPG/MontanoVelo was ferocious in his attempts to keep the winning break close to us, and shoot his team across – but in the end, we had SierraPacific’s JoelRobertson, Fraga, Copeland and me chasing dreams and losing time to the winning foursome.
It was more than fun.
The women’s race was won by RebeccaRising of CVC. She’s a very big talent out of the central valley and we’ll be seeing more of her this season, for sure. She was challenged in the sprint by the VeloBella chickas ~ with TracieNelson doing a bunch of heavy lifting before RyanHostetter drilled it for a nice long leadout.
The field gallop was close and well fought with Natasha Perry getting 2nd and that little wunderkind Katrina Howard nailing 3rd. Great race.
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