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There's hills and then there's wrongness
Thursday, March 25, 2010 - Race Reports
Most of the Bissell Team has been chillin' here in Redlands for the last few days. We basically did a little bit of riding and a lot of relaxing.

But this afternoon, "I think I'll take a nap," quickly changed to "One Kilometer to go? I'm going to puke."

And that pretty much sums up The Redlands Bicycle Classic prologue. It was a 3.1 mile course with an average start. But the last kilometer was "Are you F-ing me?" steep. Seriously, "Who's idea was this?" steep.

This being my first time at Redlands I didn't really know how it would feel at race pace. But since it was only supposed to be 10 minutes, I went out hard and hoped for the best. And the best hurt like hell. I was out of the saddle, mashing my easiest gear, for what seemed like forever.

In any case, I gave it everything on that climb and finished 8th, about 20 seconds behind the winner. But it gets better, Bissell went 5, 6, 8 and 13 with Ben, Jeremy, me, and Andy, respectively.

They tell me this race is long from over. So, on to the road race tomorrow.

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Hal Sloane
Friday, March 26, 2010, 11:08 am
8th place. Nice ride Paul. I'm spending more time reading about the domestic scene than what is going on in Europe this spring. Thanks for keeping it interesting for those of us in Davis.

Friday, March 26, 2010, 7:04 pm
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