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Old 02-17-09, 12:02 AM
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Looked pretty scary today. Ooofaaa that dude can rip it up when he's on form. But that finish today underscores the relative bike racing lameness of all these tough climbs that don't culminate in hilltop finishes. You can crush everybody on the climb and either lose the advantage on the descent or have the gap you establish greatly diminished. I know the organizers want to finish in these towns to maximize economic benefit and crowds, but they may have to go back to the drawing board on that in the ToC. That's why that stage race is decided by less than a minute every year. Throw in even one tough mountain top finish and things would get considerably more interesting in my view.

Outstanding racing so far. How great is it that they closed the friggin Golden Gate Bridge for the race? Kudos to California's local and state governments and all the local fans for embracing this event. America's cycling fans do appreciate it. I think it's fantastic to showcase California as a tourist destination too, hoping it works out for all those putting up all this dough. Hope the event grows and flourishes in the future.
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Old 02-17-09, 12:04 AM
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you know what would showcase California? NOT RAINING FOR A SOLID WEEK. Oh, well.
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Old 02-17-09, 12:06 AM
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Originally Posted by kudude View Post
you know what would showcase California? NOT RAINING FOR A SOLID WEEK. Oh, well.
Well, that's the risk in February in California. I hear last week it was 80F and sunny much of the time.
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Old 02-17-09, 12:06 AM
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After tuesday we should be golden! I was praying that it wouldn't be like last year.....
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Old 02-17-09, 12:12 AM
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I just don't get how he, or any pro for that matter, could do that climb out of the saddle just about the entire time. Dude is an animal.
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Old 02-17-09, 12:17 AM
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Originally Posted by kudude View Post
you know what would showcase California? NOT RAINING FOR A SOLID WEEK. Oh, well.
It wasn't raining in Lancaster yesterday!
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Old 02-17-09, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Well, that's the risk in February in California. I hear last week it was 80F and sunny much of the time.
That was more like two weeks ago. It's been a little chilly the last week or so. If I'm having to wear a thermal layer in the mornings, it's cold in California.
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Old 02-17-09, 12:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Chucklehead View Post
It wasn't raining in Lancaster yesterday!
nope, but it was 28 F for the 7am start time.
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Old 02-17-09, 12:28 AM
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yeah, that was pretty weak. We got there around 10. 42 or so was bad enough. Glad I didn't bring the bike with.
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Old 02-17-09, 12:59 AM
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i just don't get how he, or any pro for that matter, could do that climb out of the saddle just about the entire time. Dude is an animal.
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Old 02-17-09, 01:11 AM
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ya that hill climb was epic, Levi was amazing. I watched the re-cap hour and I am kinda wondering how that chase group of 10 or so caught up to levi and peterson in the background of the final straightaway.
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Old 02-17-09, 01:51 AM
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His performance up Bonny Doon was amazing.

Yikes.
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Old 02-17-09, 06:26 AM
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Truly amazing.

Sad thing is that, thanks to cycling's recent history, I can't enjoy the superhuman feats anymore. I have a nervous feeling about them now.
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Old 02-17-09, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by FlashBazbo View Post
Truly amazing.

Sad thing is that, thanks to cycling's recent history, I can't enjoy the superhuman feats anymore. I have a nervous feeling about them now.
Sometimes guys just go fast because they've trained hard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqT_CZjVzMU

Edit: Of course, as soon as he was out of camera view he was jabbing needles full of EPO in his veins (obviously).
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Old 02-17-09, 06:45 AM
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On the Nyack Ride last Sunday as I tried to bridge to the break, this local Cat 1 kid Gavi comes up behind me and gives me a push : ). It really worked, it got me going up the hill faster. In the end I didn't have the snot and Gavi accelerated around me and jumped that last 30 meter gap to the riders up the road (I faded to the bunch). I was thinking if Gavi had stuck a nice EPO syringe in my butt it might have worked even better than his thoughtful push. I'm old enough to be Gavi's Dad, and if I were, I would have boosted his allowance for that.
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Old 02-17-09, 07:44 AM
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Originally Posted by captnfantastic View Post
ya that hill climb was epic, Levi was amazing. I watched the re-cap hour and I am kinda wondering how that chase group of 10 or so caught up to levi and peterson in the background of the final straightaway.
Well, they (Saxo Bank, Garmin, etc.) had a lot of guys in the chase group. And, Levi isn't exactly going to roll away from the field on a flat course.

So, several guys, particularly more powerful guys, are going to bring back that break, every time. Just a matter of how quickly.
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Old 02-17-09, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by captnfantastic View Post
ya that hill climb was epic, Levi was amazing. I watched the re-cap hour and I am kinda wondering how that chase group of 10 or so caught up to levi and peterson in the background of the final straightaway.
Once they got off the climb, the chase had a good advantage with the higher speeds (better draft benefit), especially with Levi doing 100% of the work. Of course, 21 seconds back is still a pretty solid gap.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Outstanding racing so far. How great is it that they closed the friggin Golden Gate Bridge for the race?.
That bridge wasn't closed....most of the state is unemployed!! Nobody is driving cause there was no where to go.
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
Once they got off the climb, the chase had a good advantage with the higher speeds (better draft benefit), especially with Levi doing 100% of the work. Of course, 21 seconds back is still a pretty solid gap.
The descent into Santa Cruz has some sections that are not that steep/technical and where a group that is trading pulls can go faster than a solo rider (or one with a passenger who isn't working).

Keeping the race close is good for keeping spectators, it keeps them on the edge of their seat till the end.
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Old 02-17-09, 09:13 AM
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That bridge wasn't closed....most of the state is unemployed!! Nobody is driving cause there was no where to go.
nice!
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It was like a motorcycle passing you, Jacques-Maynes said of Leipheimer. A small motorcycle.

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It was like a motorcycle passing you, Jacques-Maynes said of Leipheimer. A small motorcycle.

I lol'd when I read that as well.
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Originally Posted by JF1 View Post
I just don't get how he, or any pro for that matter, could do that climb out of the saddle just about the entire time. Dude is an animal.
Anyone have stats on the climb?
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Old 02-17-09, 10:27 AM
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Anyone have stats on the climb?
There is a power file on Velonews. I believe it says it took 25 minutes.
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There is a power file on Velonews. I believe it says it took 25 minutes.
A power file for Levi? I found this one of Gustav Larson: http://www.velonews.com/photo/87998

435 watts avg for 28 minutes. Dayum.
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