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This weekend was FAB-u-lous in so many ways.

And, I think, it was the weekend where all that stuff we've been playing with and practicing so far this season, was put to good use.

We could not have pulled off what we pulled off this weekend, had it not been for the racing things we worked on all season. Cantua, Dinuba, McClane, Madera etc. all taught us lessons that were put to use. We used all the cards in our ever growing deck of tricks.

All of that earlier work allowed us to outride a team, that on the books, had more talent than us.

Our goal for the race was to have fun racing as a team, to go for the overall win, to go for stage wins. In that order of course!

OUr work was cut out for us though, because we didn't have a pure time trialer on our team. We did however have two very good climbers and lots of courage. Our competition had several that were both good time trialers and climbers. But none of them had Miss Mary or the Three Amigos or an early season spent learning to sacrifice for each other. 

Stage 1 - Bena TT

Fairly flat 10 mile total (5 out, 5 back) TT course, one short climb on the return leg.

We knew we were up against multiple state and national champs in the TT. None of us are pure TTers. Our goal for this event was to go as hard as we could. It was only 10 miles and there was no race later that day, so it was okay to go for it. Besides, the more racers we could have within striking distance, the better.

Erika amazed all and pulled out a 3rd in the TT! Amazing work considering the competition.

After the TT, we did some research on the competition. While Erika had done well, the entire Bella Nova team did well too. They won the stage and had 4 riders within easy striking distance. Also Janet, from MVV had a good tt.  We looked up prior years hillclimb times and determined that we basically had to watch 3 of the Bella Nova riders and Janet.

Stage 2 - Walker Basin Circuit Race

Loop is 7.5 miles of nearly flat roads in the Walker Basin, five loops = 37.5 miles

Two key things about this circuit race was there were time bonuses each lap and there was the hillclimb later that afternoon.

Our goal was to help Erika get those time bonuses, and to tire out the competition as best possible for the hillclimb later.

We used the first lap to gauge the competition. It was apparent after the first sprint that Bella Nova was working for one of their riders. Noted.

On lap two, Bella Nova, who had been setting pace, began looking around for help. I remembered Michael's words before...be patient, but if you see an opportunity, take it. And I figured..sure, you want me to go to the front, I will. But you will have to come and get me.

So I attacked. Laura countered. Soni countered. Linda countered (sue was under orders to sit in). And basically thats how it went. We went on the offensive the entire race, forcing Nova and Janet to chase. If any of the better climbers got into the break with us, we had to shut it down. But otherwise, one of us was flying the coop the whole time. I couldn't believe how strong Laura, Soni and Linda were, and seeing them work just made me want to attack all the more!

And for sprint points, we knew from last year that Nova would try to lead out their sprinter each lap. So we made extra certain to attack in the 2 k leading up to the sprint. This made them burn out their lead out before the hill. Each and every lap, their leader, Sonia, was left off at the headwind sprint hill too early, with Erika on her wheel. And each lap it worked, and Erika was super studly in winning each time.

On the last lap, we did the same thing we had done all of the other times. I went with about 1K to go. Janet did all of the chasing, Sonia was left off too early and Erika won the stage! (except she thought we still had one more lap to go!)

Erika's bonuses moved her into 2nd overall. And we knew we really only had two riders to watch now, Sonia and Janet.

And we had a BLAST. Its so exciting racing with these gals. I love love love love our teamwork.

Stage 3 - Breckinridge Hill Climb

13 mile mountain climb on the East side of Breckinridge Mtn. Net elevation gain of about 2,700 feet. (Top at 6,200’) (we actually did about 9 miles and about 3,000 gain)

Ouch.

We started from the backside of Breckinridge. 10 miles and some 3,000 feet of climbing. This was a new start and so no one really knew the climb. But we had confidence in the climbing abilities of Erika and Sue.

Ouch.

Our goal was to be patient and let others dictate the pace. We would try and stay with Erika/Sue as long as possible in case either of them needed a wheel. Once the climb got on, and Erika/Sue had a better sense of how they were feeling vs how the others were, they would go for it.

Ouch.

We started out civil enough, which meant that we all stayed together for the first 3 miles of the race. But then Janet went to the front and set pace and one by one Linda, Soni, Laura and I eventually dropped off. I was a little worried that it was only 2 bellas against Janet and 3 novas, but Sue had a look in her eye that meant business. I think sitting in during the circuit race made her a little antsy for some action on the hill.

Ouch.

I wasn't there to see it, but Sue upped and upped the pace on the climb. She dropped all of the Nova riders and only the incredibly strong Janet from MVV remained. So Sue upped it again and then it was just Erika and Sue. Erika tried to convince Sue to go for the stage win, but Sue wanted Erika to get maximum time, just in case. Sue encouraged Erika to go for it. Erika won the stage and Sue was second. Also, Sue moved from about 13th place to 6th overall. Janet was 3rd and the 3 Nova gals were next, each having lost significant time to Erika. Also, Janet moved up to 3rd overall.

Ouch.

The rest of us were in our own little personal hells. I could feel the earlier day's work in my legs, but it didn't matter. I knew I would lose time on the climb regardless of whether I was fresh or tired. And the hurt in my legs did not demoralize me. Instead it reminded me that I had something to give to the team and that is always a good feeling. The climb, while cooler than the front side, was steeper. Much steeper. 11 and 12 percent pitches that lasted a little too long for my taste.

Ouch.

We were all pretty wiped by the end of it, and the descent was narrow and tricky. So we were cautioned to take it easy. At first I did, but noticed Linda gliding down so beautifully. I had to follow. And so, Linda and I swooshed (carefully, we did hold back some) down the mountain. Almost (okay, not really) made the climb worth it. 

GC after Stage 3: (I think)

Erika - 1st
Sonia (Bella Nova)- 2nd
Janet (MVV) - 3rd
Jill (Bella Nova) - 4th
Sue - 5th
Laura (Bella Nova) - 6th

Stage 4 - Iron Mountain Road Race

 24-mile loop, (north of Bakersfield in the hills). Course is a mountainous/rolling loop. (we did two loops for a total of almost 4,000 feet)

The finish for this race changed to the top of the 3 mile climb. There are two climbs in this race. One right at the start, which is short, but goddamn steep. The other, leading to the finish, is 3 miles long, but only averages about 5%. The rest of the course features rollers and pedaling descents.

Our goal for this stage was to conserve Erika's overall. However, since she had at least a 3 minute lead, we could afford to also try to go for the stage win, and maybe lift Sue a place in GC. The finish was perfect for Sue to try just that.

We wanted to set a pace to keep all of us together for as long as possible. The race would happen the last time up the climb and we weren't too interested in anything before that.

We were very successful in keeping the race together the way we wanted to. (Thanks also to Andrea from Left Coast who did a lot fo pacemaking) It was a bit of a struggle for me though as the Bella Nova team attacked the second time up the short climb. I had set tempo the previous 7 miles or so and suffered but just hung in. (Bella Nova attacked because Janet, who was in 3rd behind their rider, fell over when her chain dropped- that is sooo not part of the book of cool)

And halfway through the second lap, I started thinking about how we would attack leading into the climb to set up Erika/Sue. I played with the idea of going on the pedaling descent before that, but thought that speeds in that area would be too high to get away.

We were coming up on a right hand turn that featured a short dirt section. On the prior lap, Julie Kaplan, moved to the front in this section to stay out of danger. Julie Kaplan by the way, is a phenomenal racer. She holds about 14 national champ wins, 4 national tt records and years of experience. So when she moves, I notice.

But this move was not to get to the front, it was an attack. I was a little far back in the group, but jumped up and powered like mad to get to her wheel, without letting anyone on mine. Julie was far enough back in GC to not be a danger and I was happy to work with her.

We hit the dirt turn together and flew through it. Julie looked back and thought I was the pack."no Julie", I told her, "its just you and me, lets go" and I took off with her on my wheel.

I looked back and saw a Bella Nova chasing hard, with Janet pulling the pack behind her. Good! I thought. As my goal was to make both Bella Nova and Janet work.

We were about 10 miles from the finish, but I knew the first 7 of them were slightly downhill. My kind of terrain. Julie's kind of terrain too. That woman is pure power. We instantly began trading pulls. And let me tell you, we ROCKED that downhill. I was spun out in my 13, we pedaled through and railed all of the corners. We were working our ass off and goddamn if it wasn't fun.

I looked back and could see the group was fading behind us. Well, shit. Let's keep going then.

Up ahead I saw Ryan and Tracie. I hope they both know how much their being there helped us. I didn't know it at the time, but back in the group, strong Janet saw a bella jersey up ahead. Thinking it was me, she pulled soooo hard that people were coming off the back. But when she got up to the jersey, it was Ryan and Tracie. Julie and I were still up the road.

We got to the climb, I took a look back and could not see the group. Well shit again. I knew it would be a severe shock to go from rocking the big ring, to suddenly climbing. I was pretty maxed out too. So I took a deep breath, shook my shoulders and neck and suggested we settle in for the last 3 miles of climbing.

After about a half mile of climbing, Julie asked me if I cared about the finish points. Finish points? I'm not out here for the finish points, I'm out here to make the other team work so my gals can fly up this hill. Finish points is just crazy talk.

After about a mile of climbing, Julie fell off. I really really wanted her to stay with me because she's awesome and there were some flattish sections that we could rail. I held up for her, but she told me to go. And I went. 

I climbed as hard as I could. I didn't want to look back. Just go go go. I was wheezing and I think my legs were hurt, but I really couldn't feel them anymore. But I was relaxed. And this was key. I was relaxed because I knew, if anyone over took me, it would be my own teammates crushing it up the mountain. And so, no matter what, this was gonna be a good day.

At about 1k I finally looked back. I didn't see anyone but I also couldn't see all that well either. My field of vision was tiny and looking back took too much energy. I had also passed a few riders from other groups. So although I didn't think anyone was there, I wasn't really sure.

At the 200K sign I finally thought, oh crap, I may actually win a hilltop climbing race.  The only other races I have ever won were flat races like San Ardo and Santa Nella and here I was about to win Iron Mountain of all races. And I cracked myself up.

I pushed it all the way across the line in total disbelief. I rolled down the hill and when I turned around I saw Sue roll in for second. Janet, Julie and Erika followed behind them. Turns out that Nova set the pace up the climb, but about halfway up, Sue launched and dropped all but Janet. Then Sue went again and dropped Janet. Erika stayed back with the Nova team and jumped out ahead at the finish.

So Sue earned enough time to move to 4th overall. Janet also earned enough time to over take Sonia for 2nd.

We won the GC, we won 3 of the 4 stages and we had an amazing time.  It could not have gone any better for us. But it took all of us to make it happen. We were each so very critical to the whole. What a blast.

And what a neat group of women to race against. What an honor to race against women with such experience and titles. I am so glad the Bella Nova team came out again this year. I really enjoy racing with them. And Janet is an inspiration as she races her heart out. And Julie...I would love to learn more from that powerhouse. I am going to do what I can to encourage more masters women's team to get out there.

Congrats also to Marian for winning GC and several stages in the 4s and to Monica for doing the same in the 45+. Huge efforts also from Ann in the 3s who is back racing and looking good. And Denise has really taken a step forward as she did awesome in the 4s. Andi rocked it with Monica in the 45+ and won the second stage. Tracie, Ryan and Julie all overcame illness and ickiness to stick tough and inspire the rest of us. And Stella just went crazy and launched a solo attack in the first lap of the 3 lap road race.

And its been said a few times already, but we absolutely could not have been so refreshed and energetic if it were not for the thoughtful support we received from Michael, Tyler, Jeff and Miss Mary. We really didn't have to lift a finger all weekend. What a luxury! What a lucky team we are.

Kern attendance was down a little this year. Maybe due to the SoCal TT Districts being held the same weekend. The new format Bob scheduled this year was really nice and worked out well. It was hard racing, but not impossible. And a hell of a lot of fun to race a stage event like that. Bob really puts it all into this event. And our attendance at it is needed to keep it going.

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the whole weekend was so amazing to watch! you gals made me cry several times and I'm soooo glad I made it to Kern. You ladies & the team work you had going is why I loved being at your side!

now who's up for making me dinner?

(j/k)

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the fact that I "helped" pretty much makes my day.

Sabine, your win yesterday is a complete inspiration, not only showing that you are getting stronger, but more importantly that it was a team win and that the Bellas understand what it means to ride a smart bike race. Hearing about the 35+ adventures is downright impressive. Great job, great write-up!

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i am soooo inspired...it's insane!

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Awesome report!  So much Bella goodness, so impressive!

Congrats on winning a climbing race, too much fun :)

And two stages win for Erika in the same day.  Woot!

Muchas inspirado.


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Tracie, you guys totally helped. Word is, that Janet worked super hard to chase and pull the pack up to you (and Ryan) and when she got there and saw it wasn't me, she was pretty bummed. She then slowed and looked for help from the Nova team. There was some hesitation and thats all we needed.

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well, I can't say enough about this team and the great time that was had at Kern.  I can't even believe I am typing that! 

We all survived our trip to hell and back and I, for one, had the best racing experience of my life.  I don't care what place I get or where I ever end up in GC, but  it was just a "hoot and a holler" to race with such a strong, team focused bunch of women.  We really demonstrated how to use each of our strengths and combine it into one hell of a strong TEAM!  And, I mean TEAM! 

And, it was so great to hang out with all the bella racers for an entire weekend.  We had the best support in the race...hands down.  I KNOW the other teams were wickedly jealous.

Huge thank you's go out to Michael, Jeff and Tyler for all their incredible help.  To ALL of us!  And, to Miss Mary for all the food, support, tampons and patience to deal with us all.

And now, from the awards podium...." I would like to thank my husband, Gordon, for encouraging me to go to the stage race and believing in me, for Laura who offering to hold the hair out of my face while I puked, and lastly to the bike goddess who helped me keep the rubber side down". 

Until next year at Kern..................

-Suenago

 

 

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velobella wrote:
At the 200K sign I finally thought, oh crap, I may actually win a hilltop climbing race.  The only other races I have ever won were flat races like San Ardo and Santa Nella and here I was about to win Iron Mountain of all races. And I cracked myself up.



it happened all so dang fast. you have great racing instincts.

so, so happy for you, Sabine....(erika posting as Linda)

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I can't say it any better than you all have already.  Just one thing, Lilly Bella, who won the finals in the tiara competiton:  Gold?  Silver?

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Lilly's definitely gonna have to explain how I beat her out at the line and took the sprinter's silver tiara.

 

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and sue, you got me rolling on the floor...

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velobella wrote: Tracie, you guys totally helped. Word is, that Janet worked super hard to chase and pull the pack up to you (and Ryan) and when she got there and saw it wasn't me, she was pretty bummed. She then slowed and looked for help from the Nova team. There was some hesitation and thats all we needed.

:attack:

 


I knew I went for a reason.... on the drive home I thought it was a waste of a weekend for my purposes (i.e. not being able to ride to my abilities, feeling like crap mentally etc. etc. blah blah), but I am glad I could help out in your race!

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So crafty those Bellas :cool:

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Great race report!

I really enjoyed hearing all the strategizing for the 35+ race. 

Hernando telling Linda that she should stay with Erika for the Woody road race because that's the quickest bike change is downright EuroPro.  So is having stage winners and GC winners on one team.  Super exciting.

(A friend of mine and I agreed that some of the best bike racing going on in NorCal these days is in the master's categories.  Full on team tactics, great strategies, sacrifical teammates, etc.  It's awesome.)



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the winners of the interteam sprint competition were

Gold-?

Silver- Miss Mary

this is how it went down,

the first day-

Laura-6points (brought Miss M., and secret weapon Sue)

Ryan-3points (brought Tyler)

Soni-3points (brought Jeff)

Sabine-6 points (brought Michael and a bunch of crap in the sputternik)

Erika-3points (puke level tt)

Denise-6 points (brought her RV and housed Merry Marion)

there were more points awarded but competitors did not check in, so those have gone unscored, there is a 24 hour protest period.

that evening

Stellar-  pulls 9  points with an incredible tiara team sacrifice she jumped out of the van, approached a local tatooed vato with his girlfriend (3points), asks him to wear the tiara (3points) and snaps a picture (3points)...all three qualified as dangerous sacrifices so her team can have blog material and more than a few laughs.

Stellar is a dangerous competitor!

meanwhile Miss Mary has been secretly racking up the points evening and night by going grocery shopping while her team is sleeping, waking up in the wee hours to make sure we eat breakfast and cooking lunch for us when we finish competing.  I can't even keep track of her numbers. They just keep rolling.

By now its looking like Miss M and Stellar are going to come out of day two with a significant lead that left some panic  attacking  for 1 point here and there.

for example

someone got the ice chest for Monica's legs, (Tracie?Andie?) I didn't have the heart to tell them they'd need a much bigger effort than that...and time was clicking there was only one day left...acts of selfless ness were spent out on course...equally that was not where this race would be won.  Someone needed to do something more...more creative to get that gold tiara.

the National Bella Federation notified us drool points were now worth 1 point.  On Sunday everyone goes for the drool.

Sabine earns-3 more points for puking

Ann earns 3 for puke level effort

Marion-3 points for helping at take down (heavy lifting)

Linda-3 points takes all our trash home.


and Sunday she does it...Miss Mary, who already has a significant lead by selflessly giving up sleep and a full weekend to support us...awards us each with a finishing bag of goodies that includes our own mini tiaras and a special card that makes the whole group hush with overwhelming admiration of this exemplary Bella.  We were touched and grateful to be competing in her honor yet we knew she just sealed the deal.

I transcribed the awards ceremony:

Lilly-"Congratulations, Miss M. you have won the overall GC competion for the Gold Tiara"

Miss M.-"But I like the silver one better"

Lilly-"well say something mean to me and you can have that one"

Miss M.-"I can't"

Lilly-"sure you can, call me a bitch or something"

Miss M.-(in the sweetest voice) "you bitch"

Lilly-Congratulations Miss M. you have now won the sprint competion

Miss M.-(wiping tear away with pinky finger) thank you this a life time achievement for me.  I'd like to thank my Bella team, my Bella friend Lilly...

Lilly- Miss M. you already won.  No more points ok?

Miss M-sorry, its in my blood.

 

announcement of the gold tiara will be made in the next 24 hours.

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now how do i go about stealing your frizzle frazzle?

 

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panic attacking!

hahahaaaa!

The cooler, the otter pops, cuts in the bathroom line. All panic attacks.

Laura, you get minus 2 points for ditching Sue on the Breckinridge descent.  Linda gets plus two points for knowing every single competitor and their entire resume. Tracie gets two points for the cutie patootie hat/dress Havilah hottie outfit. Ann gets a point (or loses a point?) for wearing crazy big downhill gloves during a hot 70 mile road race.

Stella's point garnering was sheer genius. Where's that pic?

Laurie Fenech isn't on our team, but I nominate her Rocky Road fudge for some points too.

Liebold gets minus points for not having a correct odometer.

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velobella wrote: Liebold gets minus points for not having a correct odometer.
and a bad altimeter...he said that grade on Breckinrdidge was 6-7%...he forgot about the 11 and 12% parts...

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LLLocke55 wrote: velobella wrote: Liebold gets minus points for not having a correct odometer.
and a bad altimeter...he said that grade on Breckinrdidge was 6-7%...he forgot about the 11 and 12% parts...


word.

I garmined the whole thing and hope to have that up soon.

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are you kidding? Lei-bald gets like minus 80,000 points for his clarinet-playing "feed zone" of a couple water bottles piled atop a rock like 40 feet away from the road. probably all filled with snake skin and massive hairy cow butt poop too, them there bottles.

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Sorry we can't award or take points away from non Bellas. I agree the rocky road was worthy of points but she didn't register as a Bella and neither did Bob, if we start awarding points for competitors without numbers no one will ever pay the entry. We must stick to the Bella Federation by laws or risk not being sanctioned as a legitimate race next year...they must be a Bella.

Sorry Bob, no demerits, Sorry Laurie no points for rocky road candy.

and I didn't ditch Sue, my brakes were burning, I was saving the boys from a fix it job.  I still got 6 points, but be on notice I am protesting the point system.  Miss Mary should count for 9 points.  I risked GC by bringing her to Kern.

Ann gets a point for the downhiller gloves, she not only made us laugh, she made herself suffer for it.

Linda now has 6 points.

There is no 2 point award, they are 1 (sprint)  or 3 (GC).  its in the bylaws, did no one read the rules?

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Sue, my brakes were burning, I was saving the boys from a fix it job.


I smelled the burning brakes!

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TNelson wrote: are you kidding? Lei-bald gets like minus 80,000 points for his clarinet-playing "feed zone" of a couple water bottles piled atop a rock like 40 feet away from the road. probably all filled with snake skin and massive hairy cow butt poop too, them there bottles.

Oh shit...michael and I are rolling over laughing right now.

Michael, Jeff and Tyler were worried about those that opted not to take a nice ice cold bottle from them, because they were saving it for Liebold's feedzone.

The Liebold bottles were nicely stacked in a pyramid on the rock.

 

That was so goddamn surreal

 

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lillybelly wrote: Sorry we can't award or take points away from non Bellas. I agree the rocky road was worthy of points but she didn't register as a Bella and neither did Bob, if we start awarding points for competitors without numbers no one will ever pay the entry. We must stick to the Bella Federation by laws or risk not being sanctioned as a legitimate race next year...they must be a Bella.

Sorry Bob, no demerits, Sorry Laurie no points for rocky road candy.

and I didn't ditch Sue, my brakes were burning, I was saving the boys from a fix it job.  I still got 6 points, but be on notice I am protesting the point system.  Miss Mary should count for 9 points.  I risked GC by bringing her to Kern.

Ann gets a point for the downhiller gloves, she not only made us laugh, she made herself suffer for it.

Linda now has 6 points.

There is no 2 point award, they are 1 (sprint)  or 3 (GC).  its in the bylaws, did no one read the rules?

 

What happened to your 18 point "read me dammit" font?

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lillybelly wrote: Stellar-  pulls 9  points with an incredible tiara team sacrifice she jumped out of the van, approached a local tatooed vato with his girlfriend (3points), asks him to wear the tiara (3points) and snaps a picture (3points)...all three qualified as dangerous sacrifices so her team can have blog material and more than a few laughs.

Stellar is a dangerous competitor!

Please note the tiara.



The tiara has been doing the rounds.

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Oh my god! :shock: That is great!!!!!!!     This is my favorite photo of the year

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Only on this team!

Stella looking like a goddess

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i have been so tired and swamped i have not even had time to reply to all the great race reports, let alone write one myself

by the time i get some time, more races will have happened and it'll be too late

so let me just say that this was an awesome weekend

and i especially was stoked at Sabine's RR win--how she had that much power so late in the weekend is truly astronomically amazing--well earned!!

not to mention tremendous teamwork all weekend

my thoughts are getting garbled--i better go eat!

you gals are great to race with

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I wasn't at Kern this year, but after seeing the Tiara pics - dang!!! Can't believe I let work get in the way, won't do that again:)

So awesome Sabine that you won the RR - well deserved!!!  and it sounds like all of the bellas had a great time  and kicked bootie - just the way it should be!

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The tiara photo.  Oh my.

Freakin' brilliant.

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lillybelly wrote: Stellar-  pulls 9  points with an incredible tiara team sacrifice she jumped out of the van, approached a local tatooed vato with his girlfriend (3points), asks him to wear the tiara (3points) and snaps a picture (3points)...all three qualified as dangerous sacrifices so her team can have blog material and more than a few laughs.

Stellar is a dangerous competitor!

Stella got some press over at HTATBL (How to avoid the bummer life.)
http://www.howtoavoidthebummerlife.com/weblog/archives/2007/05/a_day_in_the_life_of_a_folsom.html

That's gotta be worth a couple of points, eh?


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lillybelly wrote: the winners of the interteam sprint competition were
Gold-?
Silver- Miss Mary
announcement of the gold tiara will be made in the next 24 hours.


No announcement yet, and I think it has been 24 hours. 

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apparently the Bella Federation has been swamped with confessionals of pop tart doping scandals.  The Gold tiara has been withheld until lab testing is done on all bellas.  Meanwhile the contest will continue...

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ooooooooh, I love the reports!

I'm glad you got to race with Julie, yep, she is a phenomenon.  This year we are doing the tandem RR at nationals (talk about fun riding tandem with Julie).

I missed everyone so much, but my time was best spent with my Mom, who is doing fabulous, considering she nearly died in the ICU.  She had me and my niece planting her garden today while she watched.

Anyway, great job everyone!!!!

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