this lifestyle is just too much, sometimes.
but worth it.
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First off, CVC put on a huge weekend. This was the first time i've done their stage race and ... gotta tell you, i'll be back for as long as they put it on. What a weekend. The road race was hard, but let everyone play. The TT was for the specialists, but let us all gauge ourselves and still kept the GC open for the races. And the crit was ... epic. Every crit race out there yesterday had drama and bravery and big finishes. So damn cool.
thank you CVC.
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couple quick details before they fire me:
- Dave Towle is the best announcer ever. The dude was out there from the first race until the last ... cheering on all the racers, revving up the crowds, going apopletic with his patented "one-to-go, one-to-go, one-to-go!!!"
I don't think he even realizes what a huge impact he has on the racing. He gets the crowds pumped and wanting to stick around and see more, engage more. I had kids jumping up and down next to me as he was blaring out ecstatic commentary during the sprint finishes. The dude is huge for the sport and i hope he knows it.
And i was shocked to see PROMAN's Emily Zell join up with Towle to play a damn good Paul Sherwin for the women's race.
what the hell? that girl's got skills.
- BJM and his Priority Health boys survived an onslaught in that crit. Holey-shyte.
Scott Ziwanksi was the race. That boy slayed himself for Ben. It was so awesome to watch. And Healthnet went after it. They went after it hard. There was a point where the gap was up past 25 seconds to a dangerous break with Wohlberg and, honestly, the PH boys were losing time to it.
But, Toyota-United's Baldwin was threatened in GC and so they stormed to the front to give PH just enough of a break to get them back in control of the race. Still, Benny had to launch out after Sutherland when the aussie put in a huge attack to get across to the break.
- The women's race was so bloody fast. I loved watching them bomb through the 180 corner after the finishing straight. A blur of barbaric beauty ... seeing them stomp on the pedals out of the turn and rip up the straight to start it all over again.
Pic won the sprint ... but it was hard fought. Webcor kept the jersey and has to be pleased with their first stage race win. But, the race also showed the depth of women's racing this year. Regional teams are throwing down against the better funded pro teams and it is making the racing so good. TMobile is going to be hard to beat when they field a full-octane squad. But, Webcor will trade punches with them in stage races. Lipton and Colavita are just strong, aggressive teams and will be factors in all races. Aaron's is a smaller team, but is pushing all the right buttons right now. They just need a big finisher and to step up to that role for their squad.
But, they'll all have to watch out for the regional teams like Tibco and PROMAN. Brooke Miller was 4th in the crit and PROMAN's Shelly Olds won a time bonus late in the race, putting a big fight in with the TMobile sprinter.
Should be a good year.
- And, in the geezer race i was able to pull out the stops and take a win. Thanks for all the words o' encouragement out there. It was so fun ... but, my booty hurts just thinking about it.
i love me some stage racin'.
... more later, but gotta earn some bucks (so we can afford to do it again next weekend;)