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CU Crit and win #4
My training has been progressing well since finishing the Tour of California. My standard line at the moment is, I needed California to be ready for California! Not really a line that impresses any girls at a bar, but I don’t do that stuff anyway.

The majority of guys who were featuring in California, with a few exceptions, had already raced the Tour Down Under or the Tour of Qatar. Something we, as a team will need to find a solution for next year..... My training has been progressing well since finishing the Tour of California. My standard line at the moment is, I needed California to be ready for California! Not really a line that impresses any girls at a bar, but I don’t do that stuff anyway. The majority of guys who were featuring in California, with a few exceptions, had already raced the Tour Down Under or the Tour of Qatar. Something we, as a team will need to find a solution for next year.

There was a local criterium in Boulder yesterday. Although the word “local” needs to be redefined in this town. I have been able to do the count this year, but in the past few years there have been over 30 pro cyclists residing in the small population of 70,000 people. So the “local” criteriums are never a piece of cake. Bissel had the tank Tom Zirbel, and the hobbit, Frank Pipp, there was also Heath Blackgrove, Justin England, Chuck Coyle and riders from the new U-23 Livestrong – Lance Armstrong team. Upon getting to the race I was turned away, being told that the 100 rider limit had already been reached! I contemplated going home, and my teammate, Phil “Philby” Zajicek did just that.

After another 30 people showed up, we had some weight in numbers in convincing the organizers that it wasn’t necessary to combine the category 1,2 and 3 riders all together! The ensuing chaos saw a reduced 45 minute criterium with the race split up, and I was allowed to race….otherwise, I would have been on the way back home sitting in front of the box! I had just completed a hard 3 day block of training but I saw racing on Saturday as a chance to get some good high intensity training in before leaving for San Dimas and the Redlands Cycling Classic at the end of this week.

After needing a few laps to get my legs going, I went after Tom Zirbel who was up the road with another cyclist. Tom can put out some big watts so I thought, good move….good training. This move got caught though and with the reshuffling in the group, I followed another move including Frank Pipp and Julian Kyer from the Livestrong team. We were going hard and I was feeling good, never missing a turn and never feeling in trouble. Heath Blackgrove and a Vitamin Cottage rider (sorry I don’t know your name dude!), soon bridged across to us and that was the race. With two laps to go I attacked, not wanting to see the race finish in a sprint. I felt I was strong enough to win on my own. Not the first attempt though….but with just over one lap to go, I saw a gap behind me, I saw the riders hesitating and I knew that was my opportunity.

I put my head down and concentrated on getting the power down and I crossed the line with a nice little gap for the win! Us cyclists are vain creatures. Quite often our moods are dictated by how we feel on the bike. I was happy last night :-)
 
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