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We hit the flo (We hit the flo)
Monday, May 12, 2008 - Race Reports
A great 2 days, but then the crit happened. I was the top finisher in 38th. This moved us down to 4th in the Team Omnium for an anticlimactic end to the weekend.

Basically a sketch fest. 8 corners and 75 minutes. About 15 minutes in, after the second crash, they had to stop the race. Someone was down on the first turn. They restarted with a neutral lap and then it was off. The neutral lap was the scariest part of the race; going 15 across into turns as people were jockeying for position.

After that it all went pretty typical. I hit the front once but was pretty gassed from the day before so that ended pretty quick. With 6 to go Phil crashed and was out. He hurt his hip and has some pretty nasty road rash. In the first turn, on the last lap, there was a big crash. Then a couple turns later I saw Tyler rolling on the ground. Then I flew past Shawn and realized this wasn't going to be good.

Ahead of me there were about 30 guys all gunning for it. I sprinted with the guys that knew they were out of contention and finished 38th. For me, it was a pretty good crit. I was in the top half most of the time and held my position pretty well. I just didn't have the legs to do anything other than follow wheels. For the team it was disastrous. So much so that even CSU beat us.


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Why did CSU's Philly Mann
win the Crit?
Tyler crashed
   31.8%

Phil crashed
   34.1%

Paul didn't want to
embarrass him, again
   34.1%

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Angermann
Monday, May 12, 2008, 10:21 pm
Congrats on the TTT! Sorry to hear the crit was such a mess. It's a bit of an oversight to put 160 A's on a tight, technical course and not expect carnage.

Now that you're ABD and a national champion, will you lock yourself in the lab?? Best of luck to you Paul!