Lodi Cyclefest

Posted by on 6/8/2017
Race:  Lodi Cyclefest
Location:  Lodi, CA    Hometown race
Race:  Pro 1/2
Riders:  Josh Carling, Kevin Tufts, Matt Tufts, Bob Terra, Timmy Bauer, Sam Hill
Type:  Downtown Criterium.  65 minutes / 8 corner course

This was our hometown race.  We brought out the tents, display, chairs etc... and set up in front of our sponsor Downtown Bikes.   The course is perfectly located in downtown Lodi, weaving in and out around wine tasting rooms, restaurants, coffee shops.   A perfect atmosphere for a race venue. 

The team arrived a bit early for video and photo shoots.  My friend Nick Coohan produced a video highlighting the criterium race vibe and Williams.  He also filmed a pre-race meeting.   Very cool stuff if I say so myself.   All, in all, it was a great day of racing and socializing with other riders, families and friends.

I have included Timmy's report below for your reading. 

I had a bit of a challenging weekend.   ! was scheduled to race Pesadero on Saturday but after some unfortunate events Saturday morning on the drive down,  the family and I ended up pulling the plug at 5 am and heading back home.

I arrived Sunday to the Lodi Cyclefest very amped up and excited!   I rode the day before, and felt really good during my warm up for our 65 min Pro 1, 2 Criterium. Our goal was simple....Bobby and I were to be aggressive and follow wheels.  We also had the Green light to attack after 20 minutes with the goal of keeping the pressure off Josh, Sam, & the Tufts for a field sprint.

The field was stacked and we got off to a very fast start.  I was the only one up there and was covering a few moves. Nothing was going anywhere and a lot of riders were still getting use to the course and its technical turns. At exactly 20 minutes in and a drop in the pace, I accelerated hard and instantly got a gap.   I was surprised no one jumped with me. I was solo off the front. Not what I had planed but I decided to put the hammer down. After a lap I was out of sight, the old saying “out of sight out of mind” came into my head so I kept pushing. Around that point I started hurting and was paying for my effort.  It was also very hot out and the silly sunburn I suffered the day before started catching up to me. I was caught a lap later by a raging peloton that was split in three groups. The pace was crazy fast and I responded to the first group and held on for a lap, but was needing to recover from my silly solo move. The race pace was high and I was not recovering.  I was in trouble.   I slipped back to the second group and hung on for another 2 laps. Then, around 36 minutes into the race I lost the last group just as the field got all back together.

I was so frustrated, but understood my mistake and how to avoid that in the future. I got to watch the guys race their hearts out.   Josh pulled off a 5th overall after a fast hard race, and a crazy last two corners!  It was awesome seeing the guys line it up and try to control the race with such a stacked field. I'll be back in action this weekend at Tour De Nez and will be looking for some redemption after two weeks of frustrating results.

Thanks for reading! Timmy B

Williams / Lodi Cyclefest video:

Pre-race meeting:

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