Below is Timmy's race report. Pics attached
Jackson Downtown Crit
Bobby Terra and Timmy Bauer
Wow its been a great season! I have learned so much, raced in some of the best races and against some of the nation’s best.
Jackson was another very cool course with a wall of a climb that was short but very steep. Then some very fun fast corners including a 180 degree hairpin which had a drop of around 11 feet of elevation in the middle of the corner. The course being 8 tenths of a mile long and made for some fast racing. The best part was that the course was right downtown in Jackson, California.
Given the difficulty of the course, Bobby and I were unsure what to expect. We knew what guys to watch but with this being a new race course we were unsure who would shine. The race was very fast with attacks every lap on that darn wall. I very foolishly was following these attacks and bridged up to the eventual winner of the day and we were off the front for 2 laps until the pack reeled us back in. I kept riding super hard. I just got in this mode of “if I ride hard enough then everyone else will suffer and we will win”. That’s not how it played out! The first 30 minutes were crazy hard and I was riding way to aggressively. I went from feeling like King Kong for the first 30 minutes into the race to a turtle trying to catch a hair in the matter a few minutes. I started to slip off the back around 35 minutes into the race but used my descending to stay on for a few more laps. Bobby was still very fresh and probably scratching his head from my strange race tactics, and asked “hey you ok man?” I replied “not really but it’s ok”. I continued, but not for much longer. Eventually, what was left of the field pulled away from me. I finished the race off the back and solo. I never gave up and finished as strong as I could
Bobby stayed with the main group and went for his signature massive attack from the field trying to cross the gap to 4 riders up the road. He didn’t quite cross the gap to the front group and was swallowed up by the field with a couple laps to go. Bobby finished the day in 12th and I brought home a 17th but we both had smiles on our faces.
Ever since getting sick and losing fitness a couple weeks back, combined with Josh’s crash, I have been putting too much pressure on myself. It’s like I’ve been telling myself “hey, Josh isn't here you got to get a result for the team”. With this high pressure attitude, I got away from my style of racing and tried to use brute strength to beat down other riders. Lesson learned.
Wow, looking back at where I started this season and where I am now, I can say it has been a great year. The one thing you can’t cheat is time. It takes time and many hours in the saddle to improve. An athlete’s body needs to adapt to intense efforts. It takes years to maximize one’s talent. No matter how bad I want it now, I know that my body will continue to develop and I will get stronger.
One of the best quotes I have heard regarding rider development was from Jonathan Vaughters, He said “An athlete is like a house with no windows or doors. You can’t see inside to view their genetic makeup and desire to be the best”
I hope to maximize my genetic ability. The heart and desire are already there.
Thanks for reading and all your support this season!