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The Paul Mach Blog - Gettin' Jiggy with the Santa Rosa Superstars
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Gettin' Jiggy with the Santa Rosa Superstars
Saturday, March 7, 2009 - Race Reports
Before reading this post please familiarize yourself with the lyrics and tune of Will Smith's Getting Jiggy With It.

Today I drove out to Santa Rosa to meet up with some Bissell teammates for the Chileno Valley Grasshopper.

Over 300 people turned out for this thing. It started with a neutral roll out but it wasn't long before it was like

On your mark ready set lets go
Dance floor pro I know you know
I go psycho when my new joint hit
Just cant sit
Gotta get jiggy wit it

So when Katheryn Mattis attacked, I followed her wheel. Then I helped pull her up to the break with her husband in it. She said she'd give me a smile for my efforts, but since I'm married and smiles are nontransferable, I'll pass.

The break was a mixed bag and it was clear some of them needed to hear

What you wanna ball with the kid
Watch your step you might fall
Trying to do what I did
Mama-unh mama-unh

Anyway, about halfway in, after we'd gone over a few hills, a select lead group formed. We had Levi Leipheimer, Scott Nydam, Davide Frattini, Barry Wicks, his Kona teammates, and some world cup mountain bike guys, just to name drop a little bit.

But it wasn't long before Scott got bored and was like

Now honey honey come ride
Dkny all up in my eye
You gotta prada bag with alotta stuff in it
Give it to your friend lets spin

5 of us took the bait and that was the last real group. As we went over the final climb, guys started coming off. I didn't really know where the top was so I took a big pull in the middle. That is when Levi was like

You trying to flex on me
Don't be silly
(I'm) Getting jiggy wit it

I tried to catch him over the top and on the decent but that wasn't going to happen. Then there was a turn and I didn't know which way to go so I waited for the guy behind me. That sucked but I still ended up second to Levi.

It was pretty sweet riding (and hanging) with some of the biggest names in cycling. Levi however was not phased by some Bissell rider. His tweet after the ride had something to do with a U2 album he'd been having trouble downloading. Sad.

After hanging out at the finish for a little bit I rode back to Tim's with Jeremy Vennell. I needed to get back because the Wife was having some friends over to prefunk by getting predrunk. I was to drive them downtown so they too could get jiggy with it.

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Jono You Know It
Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 12:33 pm
I love it.