I'm releasing an update to the first PHP script I ever released to the public, Cookie Counter.
Contrary to the title, it won't help you monitor your Pepperidge Farm intake. It's a simple website hit counter function that prevents multiple counts by tracking IPs with a browser cookie. Whoa, nerd alert!
I needed a traffic counter for a recent project, and was unwilling to use my garbled code from years ago that read like it was penned by a PHP idiot (it was).
Don't make me regret this update with inane questions via email.
The twisty course at Vacaville suits my bike handling skills, and the overpass-type hill compliments my skinny ass. I snatched 3rd place at Vacaville in 2007, even after crashing with three laps to go. My true competition in the race this year wouldn't be other riders, but the oppressive heat.
"A man from hell is not afraid of hot ashes." - Dorthy Gilman.
Unfortunately I am from Minnesota.
I won Leesville Gap in 2007 by out-sprinting the other 9 riders from an all-day breakaway. That was in the Cat 4s, a win in the Pro 1/2 field would be much harder. Much much harder, mo-muchly, the muchliest.
The Leesville Gap course is a little over 60 miles in length and features the worst pavement of any race in Northern California. About half the race is on broken asphalt and loose gravel. The quality of the road surface is what makes this race difficult. 60 miles feels like 80 because you have to pour so much energy into your bike to maintain traction and a smooth power output. The worst parts of the roads are in the first 30 miles, leaving you utterly destroyed for the later-half of the race. The Copperopolis road race in March is called the "Paris Roubaix" of Nor-Cal - Leesville Gap is far more deserving of that title.