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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Cat's Swill and Berkeley Kills

Yes! A really fun weekend of racing! Cat's Hill is one of my favorite races, I had a good time this year and came 9th in the big boys race. My teammate Christian Kearny was 8th, he was off in the chasing break and he did really well to hang in there and rip it. We all rode at the front once he was away, and I had a nice attack on the hill as Wolberg and Ben J-M lapped the group and I jumped on with them to get a good gap with 5 laps to go. The race was neutralized when a rider crashed badly on the descent in the main bunch.

I was told today that the crash occured because he wasn't holding on to his handlebars well enough and when he hit a bump he lost his grip. People, use your thumbs will you? None of this "I once saw a pro ride this way in the tour day france" bullshit where you just hang your hands over the bars or hold the shift cables either. It's STUPID. It will only end in tears. It never makes you faster so it's not worth doing.

Anyway, after a few laps of puttering along waiting for the carnage to be swept away, and watching Ben getting a beer feed from OV (hey, that's fucking BEER!) they did a really good job of restarting the race and I held on to my spot with no trouble for the coveted top 10 position. The beer must have worked because Ben won it pretty easily. If I'd felt talky and set a goal for myself before the race, top 10 is probably what I'd have wished for so I'm quite pleased.

Afterwards, we all had fun at the official Cat's Swill afterparty at Rob, Aaron and Shelly's house. Many heads were in attendance, it was sweet! Kegs, bbq, herb smoke wafting through the crowd, the whole deal. I wasn't able to stay for nearly long enough but I'm sure it got epic. I ended up bailing out pretty quickly after getting a burrito downtown so I could get ready for todays road race.

But today- Oh, god. I had a hard time getting everything organized and falling asleep last night, so when the alarm went off this am, I was not feeling too perky. I made it to the race, got my # pinned and got my bottles in the feed zone. I had pockets full of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, waffles and gel flasks with honey/water mix since I didn't have any modern, prepackaged bike racing food at home. The race went off, and in like the first 3 minutes a breakaway group formed with my teammate Jesse/Andy Mendonca-donc in it. I was feeling none too snappy so I just sat on Wolbergs wheel to see how far he'd let it go. They got about 1:45 on us till Wolberg decides to go to the front and just put the hammer down. I stayed on over the first few climbs, but I popped off through the feed zone. Dang, sawed off on the first lap! Oh well, I got mine yesterday.

'Twas a good weekend, and I'm glad it's behind me! There will be plenty of sweet battle tales from this one, I've no doubt.


At 8:38 AM, Blogger swiggco world said...

did you hear us yelling for you on the hill? It was the anvil chorus of " Go, baby Snead". Listen for it again, along with the horn.....the horn wasn't there this time...I forgot to bring it. Cheers, Swiggman.

At 12:21 PM, Blogger Dennis said...

Great job RHVillans... we raced well and partied with the quality that should be expected of a team sponsored by Crazy Corn, a Jamaican resort, and a pot club.

At 12:41 PM, Blogger greain said...

lookin mighty fine in them pants, boy! Saw the result on cyclingnews, I drank some premium German beer at Budweiser price here to celebrate. Barb- don't stress, I just got over the measles...fucking europe!

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Benjaminiac said...

nice hot laps you turned out those last few, what was your reward? hopefully more then 20 and a T. but you also had to split 25 ways...

At 12:23 PM, Blogger Josh and Barb said...

Well, I got $40 and Christian got $45, but we gave it to Rob to help finance the party. Wasn't hardly worth splitting throughout the team, it'd be like each of us winning 1 gallon of gas.

At 6:25 PM, Blogger Josh and Barb said...

greain, measles? That continent is a hot bed of germs, evil nasty germs. Does a childhood measles vaccination wear off? Good luck in Ireland, kick a leprecaun for me.



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