Chico Stage Race

Posted by on 2/28/2017
Hi All,

"Athletic competition clearly defines the unique power of our attitude"

Bart Starr


I love this quote.  Attitude and approach is everything with regard to athletic competition and life.

Chico stage race is the start to the domestic bicycle racing scene.   This race offers multiple stages and an opportunity for teams to fine tune their fitness and teamwork skills.

At Williams, we decided to take a split team approach.   Our young bucks, Timmy Bauer, Sam Hill and Bobby Terra would race the Cat 2's and our older, more experienced riders Josh Carling, Matt Tuft and Kevin Tuft would race the Masters 35+ 1/2/3.  Kristen Hill would race the  Women's 3/4 category. 

Masters 35+ 1/2/3

Stage One: Thunder Hill Raceway 2 mile circuit race. 

What can I say, Josh won the race by destroying everyone in the field sprint by five bike lengths.   This put Josh in the leaders Jersey (pic attached)  A great first race win for the team.   The hidden and underlying story is all about the Tuft brothers.   In cycling, you can't win unless you have a supporting cast who is willing to commit everything of themselves to get the team leader in position to win the race.   Kevin and Matt chased every break down, kept Josh safe and dropped him off in position to win the race.   To create and execute a plan is a rewarding experience.

Stage Two:   Paskenta 90 miles rolling road race with a four mile gravel section per lap.  

Repeat of the circuit race.  The Tuft brothers did the job of six riders by chasing every break down and controlling the race.   Josh was on his own leading into the difficult, final seven miles to the finish line.   One rider attacked the peloton and was strong enough to stay away for the win.  Josh was second in the field sprint for 3rd. (pic attached)

Stage Three:   Eight mile time trial

The Tuft brothers job was to save energy and go easy during the TT.   Josh went hard and placed 8th.

Stage Four:   Chico downtown criterium  six corner fast course

Awesome race to watch.   In the end, two riders escaped the peloton and stayed away for first and second.   Josh won the field sprint for 3rd.  

Summary:  Josh Carling was on the podium three out of four races and wore the overall leaders jersey after stage one.   Josh finished 7th overall. 
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Category 2 race

Stage One: Thunder Hill Raceway 2 mile circuit race.

The plan:   Protect our team leader, TImmy Bauer.   Put Bobby in as many breaks as possible to force other teams to work hard and use precious energy controlling the race.   If there is a field sprint at the end, setup Sam for the win.

Bobby ended up going solo for many laps.  He showed some serious heart and power.  Eventually, Bobby was caught by the peloton which led to a counter attack.   Three riders went up the road a stayed away to take 1st thru 3rd.  Timmy stayed safe and finished with the field.

Stage Two:   Paskenta 90 miles rolling road race with a 4 mile gravel section per lap.  

Timmy rode a heck of a race.  This was a race of attrition with only a handful of riders remaining in the front group  at the end.  Timmy placed 7th.  Sam (17 years old) had a fantastic race.   He stayed with the best through 70 miles only to be popped off the back through a very difficult section of the course.   It's always great to see a young,  up and coming talent have a great day on the bike.  

Stage Three:   Eight mile time trial

Sam and Bobby went easy to conserve for the criterium.  Timmy let it fly and placed 13th which moved him up to 11th overall going into the final stage. 

Stage Four:   Chico downtown criterium    Six corner fast course

Final stage.   We were not going to get Timmy on to the general classification podium so we decided to try and blow the criterium race apart by means of  "shock and awe".   The boys put on a show!   Massive kudos to Bobby Terra who spent most of the race off the front in groups of two or three riders.   The kid kept attacking and attacking.  He showed heart and talent.   Timmy and Sam both took turns attacking after Bobby would be reeled back in by the peloton.  There was not a moment when Williams was not attacking and making the race incredibly hard for all.   The very end was awesome.   Bobby took a flyer with a half a lap to go and almost made it to the line. He was caught with 100 meters to go.  Sam Hill (known as the silent assassin) had a break out race showing he can attack and ride the front with the best.

Summary:   Timmy placed 11th overall.   We proved that a small team of three riders can race hard, fire up the crowds and create an entertaining experience for the fans. 
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Women's 3/4

Stage One:  Paskenta 45 mile road race.

Kristen Hill.   We all know that Kristen's fitness has been on the upswing over the last couple months.   Well, she proved it today.   Kristen bridged the gap from the peloton to the front breakway on her own.   She stayed with the break all the way to the difficult gravel section of Paskenta.   She held on for an impressive 19th.

Stage Two:  Downtown Criterium

Another big stage for Kristen.   After a hard fought road race, there is always a concern in the back of a riders head if they went  too hard on the previous stage and will there be anything left in the tank for the next stage.   Kristen attacked the field with 2 laps to go! So yeah, her legs were good.  She couldn't make it stick for the win but showed herself and the crowds that she was here to win!   I loved watching the race.

Stage Three:  TT

A solid 16th place effort which put her 16th overall for the stage race.
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Summary:  Chico stage race was a huge success for the team riders and sponsors.   The riders had a great time and put on a great show for the fans. We received tons of publicity from the announcers all weekend.  I believe the race organizers loved our aggressive, all for one and one for all, approach to racing bicycles.  


On deck:  The famous Snelling road race.   3/4/2017

Cheers,

Getting ready for Chico Stage Race

Posted by on 2/21/2017
No racing last weekend....thank goodness!☔☔☔☔☔

ON DECK:  Chico Stage Race   Feb 24/25/26.  Chico Stage Race has quickly become one of the most important early season stage races on the west coast.   Many top pro women and men teams use this race to kick off their 2017 season. 

Website:   http://www.chicostagerace.com/

How Williams will position for this race?   We have decided not to race the Pro/1 category.  Big budget teams such as Rally Pro Cycling, Jelly Belly Pro Cycling, Elevate - KHS Pro Cycling etc... have too much fire power for our team.   Rather than get lost in the pack racing for 30th, we plan to divide and win in other important race categories.

Part 1.   Bob Terra, Sam Hill and Timmy Bauer will enter the Cat 2 event.  I believe we have a chance to win the overall race with Timmy.   Timmy has shown incredible fitness this time of the year.  Quite frankly, as long as there are no disasters, Timmy will win the overall.   This does not mean Sam and Bob can't win the overall.    We have the potential to win multiple stages and put all three in the top five overall.  

Part 2.   Josh Carling, Kevin Tuft and Matt Tuft will enter the Masters 35+ 1/2/3 event.  Josh will go in as the heavy favorite to win the circuit and criterium races.  If the legs are feeling good, Josh could place high in the road and TT race putting him on the podium for the overall.   The Tuft bothers will be there to keep Josh out of trouble.  

Kristen Hill.   Kristen will take on the W 3/4 race.  With Kristen's fitness coming up, a stage race is the perfect fit.   Look for Kristen to hold her power and wear out her opponents as the stages click by and other riders fatigue.  

Keith Williams and Josh Geiszler.  Josh and I will leave first thing Friday morning and arrive in Chico in time for the circuit race.   I will act as director of both squads and Josh will be the team mechanic.  

We will have a couple team tents and full display of Williams products etc... 

Hensely Road Race

Posted by Timmy Bauer on 2/11/2017
Hi All,

We had Timmy Bauer and Bob Terra race Hensley road race P/1/2 in preparation for the upcoming Chico Stage Race.  Below is Timmy's report.

Hensely Lake Road Race
Timmy Bauer of Williams Cycling 
88 miles 4800 ft of climbing
Riders: Timmy Bauer and Bob Terra
Pro 1/2
 
After months of preparation, the first road race of my 2017 season had arrived.

After picking up teammate Bob Terra, we headed to the race start in Madera, CA.  It was cold and overcast but no rain in sight.   We pined on our numbers and got a nice warm up in after previewing the finish. After a few words from our USA cycling official we were off.   There was a strange mix of different teams.  One team had 6 riders so we needed to keep an eye on them as they had the size to potentially control the race.   Bobby and I played the first few laps smart by watching and only following the moves that we thought could be threats. On the third lap I decided to throw down and attack the field after the main climb on the course.   I got off the front and was making it across to the two leaders. On part of the course there was mud and sand washed onto the road and I hit that section and then immediately felt a problem with my rear tire. I had punctured off the front.    I had to wait for the field to pass and then the follow car to arrive and change my wheel.  
I made a quick wheel change, remounted and was off chasing the field by myself.   It's a lonely and exhausting experience to chase the field after a flat.  

I chased and chased for miles.    I finally made contact with the field right before a difficult  headwind section of the course. I moved up and told Bobby I was back and what had happened.   I told Bob to take it easy as I would ride to help him.  After putting in this big effort to make it back to the field,  my thoughts were "man, your day might be done but you can still help bobby". After completing that lap, we had 6 more 9 mile laps to go.  Sure enough,  a strong attack came from two guys I knew were threats to win the race. I did everything possible to go with this move.    I barely made their wheels over the big climb. We instantly got a gap!   There was still a lingering group of 4 riders up the road that attacked when I flatted.    I was in the second group with two old teammates Cole Davis a local Cat 1 & Leo Yip the Hong Kong National TT champion. We started working together and closed the gap to the 4 riders up the road.   With 5 to go we were now a group of 7 off the front.
 
At this point our group was struggling.  There were 3 guys from one team and 4 from different teams.   At 4 laps to go, I threw down a move to shake out the guys that were not helping in the rotation. Leo and Cole were able to respond and the three of us continued forward.  To my amazement, I could see two more riders up the road.  I realized that was not in the remaining front group after all.  I was in the second group of 3 trying to chase down the 2 leaders. This often happens in road racing.  There was so much chaos going on with my flat and chasing, that I missed a couple riders who got off the front.   With 3 to go we made the connection and were now the lead group of 5 riders.  With 2 laps to go, others in the break looked like they were hurting.   I was still feeling pretty good, so coming  into to the feed climb I tested the waters and attacked. It did not stick.   Once on the flats we were back together.  We continued to ride hard and with 1 lap to go we were down to 4. I was feeling great and attacked again.   Again, it did not work.   We came to the final big climb. Cole and the Sqaudra rider attacked hard and left me and Leo with a gap to close. Leo tried but couldn’t get anywhere and with a mile left I threw in everything I had left to try and make it back as I was there to race for the win and not third.
 
No matter how hard I pushed my peddles I couldn’t make it back and with 500 meters Leo jumped me for third. I was so close to the win.  Looking back,  I committed to early and learned that patients when in a move of 5 riders is key. There is no doubt in my mind that I had the legs to win.   A little bad luck and a few tactical mistakes kept me off the top step of the podium. In the end, 4th overall at my first road race of the year was a good result for the team.    It was great getting to share this race with my team mate Bobby and my family.    Even though I didn’t win I am ecstatic to be able to over come a flat, make it to the winning break and hold on for 4th.  This performance gives me confidence for the races to come and confirmed that all the hard work I have been doing in the off season is paying off.

I want to thank all my sponsors for making this happen.   What a way to start off my road season! 

Thanks for reading :)

Timmy B

Folsom Winter Criterium

Posted by on 2/6/2017
The team was out racing in full force last weekend.

First Race:  Cat 2/3

Riders:  Sam Hill, Bob Terra, Kevin Tufts, Matt Tufts, Timmy Bauer

Plan:  Keep the race together and set up Sam Hill for the sprint.  Bob and Timmy would cover all breaks and the Tuft brothers would protect Sam.

Bob and Timmy rode a very aggressive race covering every move. In fact we did so much work on the front, we may have discouraged other teams from helping us control the race.   In other words, many of the teams sat back and let us do too much work controlling the race.   We received a lot of publicity from the race announcer due to our aggressive riding style, but in the end we used up too much energy and did not save enough bullets in the chamber at the end.  The race got away from us with a few laps to go and we were only able to get Sam a 6th place.   The season is very young and our riders are still learning about each others riding style.   We surely showed the race organizers and other racers we were the strong team but tactically we made a couple mistakes.   The season is very young, our team is strong and we will make the adjustments quickly.

Second Race:  Pro/1/2

Riders:  Josh Carling, Sam Hill, Bob Terra, Kevin Tufts, Matt Tufts, Timmy Bauer

Plan: Five of our six racers had previously raced the 2/3 race and were a bit tired.   Josh Carling was fresh so we allowed Josh to float and race as he wanted.  The plan was to get Josh in a good break and then win the race out of the break.  Josh is a national level sprinter so getting him in a break with a smaller group played into our hands. 

The race was very aggressive from the gun.   Lots of attacks. Finally, a break went including our rider Kevin Tufts.   This break was eventually caught and a reshuffle took place.  Josh and Kevin made the next break of around 7riders.  This break proved to be the move of the day.   We were very happy because we had our top sprinter in the break.      The break was so strong it lapped the field.   This was not what we wanted.  The peleton was back together which made the race confusing because the riders in the break were a lap up so we had to once again go to the front and try to control how the finish would play out.   In the end, three riders slipped off the front (including two in the break and one lap up).   Josh ended up unleashing his powerful sprint and placed 4th with Sam Hill following in 10th.     Given that this was a second race for most of the team, I was very happy with fitness levels this early in the season.

Women's Cat 3, Women's Open 1/2/3

Riders:  Kristen Hill

Plan: Get more miles in the legs, and focus on mid season form.  After a many years hiatus from racing, Kristen continues to build fitness with plans to be flying by mid season.   Kristen looked very strong all day!


Sunday: Red Kite Criterium


Race:  Cat 2


Rider:  Bob Terra

Bob decided to race Red Kite on Sunday to get more work in the legs ahead of Chico Stage Race.   The idea was to race hard, have fun, not be concerned with results and get miles in the legs.   Bob placed 18th.

Cal Aggie Criterium

Posted by on 1/30/2017
Race:  Cal Aggie Criterium

Master's 35+ 1,2,3.
Our sprinting star Josh Carling took the win in a two up sprint against national legend Mike Sayers.  Kevin and Matt Tufts did their jobs by protecting Josh during the race.   First race, first win for the team.

Women's 3/4/5 and P/1/2/3
Kristen Hill showed off her fitness by racing aggressive all day. Her hard work during the off season will pay off big in 2017.

Men's P/1/2
It's always interesting to see where team fitness level is early in the season.   Riders train all winter but they really don't know where they are until the whistle blows and it's time to race.   Well, our boys did their training homework and it showed Saturday.

Bob Terra showed some series fitness by making three of the four breaks of the day.  The last was a two up break that latest 7 laps only to be chased down with 1/2 to go.  This played perfectly into our sprinters hands as we did not have to chase the break.  The Tuft brothers put our sprinters Josh Carling and Sam Hill at the front going into the last couple laps.   Our strong man, Timmy Bauer sat comfortably in the top 10 all day.   In the end, we put both Josh and Sam in the top 10.

All in all, Saturday was a big success for the team. 
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