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Paskenta, it's just your average ride
Monday, February 7, 2011 - Race Reports
People always ask if the Paskenta Century is a race. Well, it's billed as a self organizing group ride held every Super Bowl Sunday in Chico. In reality it is much, much more. Carbon wheels, aero helmets, motorcycles and trophies all go to show that the folks in Chico take this event very seriously.

A couple weeks ago I texted Ian Boswell to discuss our race plan. We hashed our something fierce and last Sunday I met up with him, his brother Austin, and some friends to execute it.

Things were chill till the 4 mile gravel section. It was extra rocky this year, but still fun. It's slightly down hill and there was a tail wind, what's not to like? Well, getting a flat.

Lucky for me Austin offered his wheel. That was very nice of him. Unfortunately, as I was trying to get my self back up to the front I passed a lot of riders with similar troubles. The gravel is bitter sweet. It's what makes Paskenta cool, but it can also ruin your day if you're one of the guys that gets a flat. I've flatted 2 out of 3 years.

Fast forward 45 miles to the finish. It was me, Andres Gil and Ian, in that order. Andres complained that he didn't know where the finish line was. We tried to tell him, but short of, "Sprint now and you'll win," it's kind of hard to explain.

I complained about something similar at a Grasshopper a couple years ago. Levi gave me a blunt, "You got to know the course man." That was harsh. Or stick to races with laps I guess.

Here's a picture that Taylor Kuphaldt added to the trophy after winning in 2008.
Good times It contains all the Davis heavy hitters. Zack Wick, Chris Stastny, Judd Van Sickle and even O.M. Nils.

One last thing, on Thursday I was getting my bike tuned at VeloCity in Winters. I told Myke I'd thank him on the blog if I won. So... Thanks Myke.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 3:00 pm
I'm happy to see that I still get the occasional mention on paulmach.com, and I'm happy to see that you referred to me as a heavy hitter... even if it was sarcastic.

Myke Berna
Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 3:56 pm
Hey man, congrats! That's what you get when I give the rig a Race Tune, and a little extra Speed Juice for the drivetrain doesn't hurt either.
Congrats again.

Although, your race report could have a few more details...