Copperopolis Road Race

Posted by on 4/19/2017

Copperopolis Road Race
4/15/2017

Pro 1/2
68 Racers 
Williams Team: Timmy Bauer, Matt Tufts, Kevin Tufts, Josh Carling

Copperopolis is my favorite road race of the year. The race starts outside the small town of Milton, California.   Copperopolis road race is known for the worst roads & the hardest climbs and descents on the NCNCA calendar. This year 68 of California's best climbers lined up including Andrew Talansky, a world tour pro rider for Cannondale Drapac. For those of you that done live and breathe cycling, a quick background on Andrew. He has raced 8 Grand Tours Finished in the Top 10 at the Tour De France (2013) & last year was 5th overall in the Vuelta a Espana. He is one of the best if not the best USA grand tour rider today.   Put Andrew in our field and 6+ of California's best P1/2 teams with 7 to 8 guys all working for their leader it was going to be Gnarly.

It was a brisk morning temps around 37 degrees when Josh & I arrived with our support team (my wife and daughter). We got kitted up and were ready to go! Josh & I pre-rode the course the week before.   This course is so brutal that pre-riding is a big advantage. This year the county decided to patch some holes with some nasty, horrible, chip and seal patches. This left the whole course covered in little Pea size pebbles. These pebbles, when racing with 68 other guys, turned into little BB’s hitting you all over your body & face. Not only were there rocks flying everywhere but the patches were rougher than the holes. Plain and simple, the roads are horrible.   The race include 5 laps totaling 108 miles and just over 9,000 ft of climbing. Copperopolis is one of the hardest road races in the country.

The race started off fast.   We hit the feed zone at mile 2.   The feed zone is a short climb that leads into a larger 3.2 mile climb.   I had Josh & the Tuffs brothers around me as we entered the feed zone.   I moved up a bit to avoid so much roost and got right on Talansky’s rear wheel. After the feed climb we started the main climb. Right away, Talansky was to the front driving the pace. We were flying and around half way up the climb, the peloton was already dropping riders.  I rode smart & stayed seated to insure energy savings. The pace dropped a bit after the climb and Josh was able to get back up to me. He let me know that after the Tufts brothers had been popped off the back and that the race was blowing up after only seven miles of racing.   It was obvious that Talansky’s goal was to ride the pack into the ground and thin out the race. Josh and I rode smart, saved energy when we could and stayed together as a team.  We reached the main descent after another short difficult climb.  The rocks were flying up in our faces. I had a big rock hit me on the tooth. I was so glad to roll off the front with Josh at that point.  We were not attacking, just trying to get away from the flying rocks.

Lap two was fast on the main climb. I felt real good, and rode in the top 15 spots saving as much energy as possible.   A solo rider from Marc Pro attacked on the big climb.  That rider dangled off the front as we crested the main climb.  Luckily the pace dropped a bit in the cross wind section by the lake.   Josh came up to me and made sure I was feeling good.  We reached the smaller climb before the main descent when Talansky attacked.   I was right behind him and able to follow him. This shook the group up majorly and dropped quite a few riders including Josh.  I was on my own from there with 3 full laps to go. I got a bottle in the feed zone and ate some more before ascending the main climb for the 3rd time. I again was strong and feeling good.  Towards the top, got in a bit of a bumping match with a fellow rider but nothing to crazy. I was finding that I was riding behind or next to Talansky a lot which told me my positioning was good. The main group was down to maybe 20 riders at this point.   They were the best 20 climbers in the race, and I was still there!

The pace was a bit slower this lap.   Starting the main descent, I was in the top 5 and moved forward a bit to avoid the roost and rocks.  I led the decent in my aero tuck and was able to pick my own line and save energy by staying aerodynamic. Talansky decided to follow and were together down the whole descent.   It was awesome, so cool!  At the bottom of the descent, he mentioned he liked my gloves I told him about how my daughter made them for me.  We discussed a few other things over next few miles.  Coming to the feed zone on lap 4, there were 15 of us with 3 riders up the road as two attacked right before the feed zone. I got a bottle and put my head down on the climb. I was starting to hurt badly but was determined to stay in this select front group of 10 to 15 riders. By the top I was so gassed but I was still there!

We hit the cross winds at the top and the remaining riders started throwing hey maker attacks at each other.   I was stuck on the back totally guttered with no draft at all.   I lost contact with what was left of the main field at 20 miles to go. I was so close!!!! I continued to push on solo with one lap to go.   The Tufts brothers were there cheering me on as I was still top 20 overall. I reached the feed zone, grabbed a bottle and kept pushing.   At this point every part of my body was hurting I could not stand on the pedals as it was seated riding from here on out.  I was exhausted but made it to the top of the climb where I saw a rider in the distance. I kept pushing and reached him at the last climb of the day.    I dropped him on the decent as I knew we were battling for top 20 in the race.  

I reached the finish line after 5 hours 22 minutes and 45 seconds burning close to 6,000 calories, and was covered head to toe in asphalt chucks and dirt (see picture). I finished my first ever Pro 1/2 Copperopolis road race in 18th overall and was also the 4th place Category 2 rider.  I earned some valuable upgrade points as well!

This race was coolest, hardest race I have ever done.   Some say against the hardest field that has lined up here in years. To me, this is my best performance all year.   My teammates did everything possible to help me.   I am so thankful to them.   I know next year I can be top 10 if not top five.

Thank you to all my supporters and sponsors I can’t wait for my next race and to race this race again next year!

Thanks Timmy Bauer



Sequoia Cycling Classic

Posted by on 4/4/2017

Sequoia Cycling Classic
Visalia, CA
P/1/2  Criterium  $3,000 Purse
Team:  Josh Carling, Bob Terra, Timmy Bauer

I must admit, I wanted to get one of our riders on the Podium.  I wanted to prove that teamwork and sacrifice is more powerful than numbers.   Three team riders committed to each other can outperform a team of ten riders who are focused on individual success. 

The race.  The Sequoia Cycling Classic race is a fast, six corner criterium located in downtown Visalia.   Visalia is a great location for a SoCal vs NorCal showdown.   Bring some of the fastest crit riders from both districts, add $3,000 and you are sure to see some fireworks.  The venue was fantastic.   The promoters built a great course, created a great vibe with food expo, vendor expo and of course, a beer garden. 

Last week, I contacted the race promoter.   I wanted to do the race and he wanted us there.  He offered free booth space in exchange for bringing down a team.   After agreeing to the deal, we put our rider list together and headed south.   Josh, Bob and Timmy were on board. Kevin and Matt Tufts had previous engagements and Sam and Kristen were up training in Woodland.   Bob and I drove down Saturday night while Timmy and Josh drove up Sunday morning. 

The Plan.   BE FLEXIBLE.   Allow the race to develop and be fluid with our strategy.   Bob’s job was to follow any dangerous moves, get in breaks and take pressure off our team.  If a break went away with Bob in it, we felt confident Bob could win the race out of the break.    Timmy was there to support Josh.  Josh was there to win!

The race.   It was fast!   The first part of the race was controlled with no real moves  or dangerous attacks.   I believe riders did not want to show their hand too early because too much money was at stake for 75 minutes’ worth of racing.   Around 25 minutes into the race, the attacks started with hopes of building the correct combination of riders represented in the break.  If the right combo went away, the peloton would let them go.   Bob was very attentive covering virtually every important move.   While Bob was up the road, Josh sat near the front in position to join a counter move.  I was hoping a second move would go with Josh attached.  This would have given us both Josh and Bobby up the road with Timmy waiting.   It did not happen.   Eventually, all breaks came back.

With around five laps to go, Bob came back to the peloton after being off the front.  As he positioned back into the peloton, there was a crash.   Bob was caught behind the crash which ended his day.  

This is when the race became a blur.    As I recall, four riders slipped off the front and gained 10 seconds on the group.   The peloton struggled to pull them back.   The attacks came fast and furious.   It was hard to control the race at this point.  Personally, I did not think we would bring back to break.  But, as things happen in bike racing, the break played a bit of cat and mouse, slowed and ultimately was swallowed by the peloton on the last lap

As crazy as the last few laps were, the race played right into our hands.  With less than one lap to go, the peloton was together and Josh was fresh for the sprint.   The who’s who of NorCal and SoCal sprinters controlled the front going into the last turn.  Josh was in great position.    The last corner setup to be very fast and sketchy.  Pushing through and bumping elbows in the last corner caused Josh to a scrub some speed and he had to re-accelerate to the line.   In the end, Josh came across in third with Timmy further back.  

Third place was a huge success for the team but bittersweet for Josh.   Josh is a warrior and wanted the win!   However, that’s bike racing and third place is pretty darn good for our small program!  

We proved that we belong and can race with the very best teams on the west coast.   I can’t say enough about our wonderful athletes, their supportive families and our sponsors.   There is no question that our success has been a result of teamwork.  Teamwork is the core to racing success and this team proves it week in and week out.  Pics attached.

Cheers,








Winchester Circuit Rae / RKO Tempus Fugit TT

Posted by on 3/28/2017
The team really had a great weekend.

NOTE:  This coming Sunday, the team will travel to Visalia for a big money criterium. I will be there with display and team setup.   Will be fun. 

Winchester Circuit race

Date: 3/25/2017
Riders:  Kevin Tufts, Matt Tufts, Bob Terra, Timmy Bauer

Race:  Cat 2/3

Great course.   Hilly!  Up or down with no flat sections.

The pace started out fast.   Within the first few miles Matt & Kevin Tuffs launched a good move to take some pressure off Bobby & I. Kevin and Matt stayed off the front leading into “the big descent” (I reached speeds of 60mph).  The field came back together at the bottom.   Then comes a 6 to 7 minute climb that reaches a max 18% grade.  At the top, Bobby attacked hard.   One rider went with him and they slipped off the front.  Matt, Kevin and I kept an eye on the field.   We would not allow another move to bridge up to Bobby unless we were in tow. 

Over the next two laps, Bobby’s gap grew to 20 – 45 seconds.   This played into our hands as we did not have to spend energy on the front and could wait for the fireworks to start as the race entered the last couple laps.   Sure enough, with two laps to go, a world class mtb rider for Giant Bicycles tested the front of the peloton with an acceleration.   I noticed right away I was the only one to respond. I knew he was going to go sooner or later so I kept my eye on him.

It’s now the last lap of the race.   Mtb guy and I were both at the front entering the climb.  Bobby and his break away partner were still up the road with a 40 second gap.  As expected, mtb guy attacked.  We hit the climb hard and reached the top in 5 ½ minutes (a strava record for this climb).  I looked back realized it was only mtb guy and me.   We closed the gap to Bobby near the top of the climb,  With 3/4’s of a lap to go, we were a group of four riders with a minute over the main field.  From there on it was acceleration after acceleration.  Bobby and I managed to survive the attacks but I could tell that Bobby was tired after being off the front for most of the race. Coming into the final ascent to the line, mtb guy attacked and I followed.   At 150 meters to go, I started my sprint.  I was under geared and botched the sprint a bit. Two riders came around me at the line.  Bobby came in right behind for fourth. It was a great result for both of us on a very hard course! 

Thanks for reading,

Timmy B
     
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Winchester Circuit Race
Date: 3/25/2017

Pro 1/2 Race

Riders:  Josh Carling and Timmy Bauer

The break between the Cat 2/3 race and P/1/2 race was only 28 minutes.  Yikes!  I had to recover and mentally prepare to “get after it” again for six more laps of hard racing.   Luckily, if things went south for me, we had a fresh Josh, who as you know, can take care of himself in any race!

Evan Huffman showed up for this race   Evan is a world class rider who has spent a couple years in Europe racing at the world tour level.   He now races for Rally Pro Cycling.  

I had faith in Josh I told him before I would do everything I could to help him. It was a smaller field so I knew I had to take up the initiative to set most of the pace that would best suit Josh. Basically from the gun I lead keeping things steady, insuring there were not to many acceleration throughout the course saving Josh's legs for when it mattered and the break went.

After leading the group for 3 laps another pro rider racing with a UK license decided it was time to attack on the main climb.  Josh was on my wheel with Huffman in tow.    I knew I had to get across the gap to the UK rider.   I put my head down and dug real deep. I managed to make it across to the UK rider bringing Josh and Huffman with me.   I pulled right and looked at Josh.  Josh looked solid.   Not me!   I was cooked and blew up.  I was deep in the pain cave after all the tempo I had done plus the previous race.  My legs were yelling quit now sucker. I chose to keep going!  I sat up and waited for the second group to come up.  I sat in with the second group and tried to recover.

With two laps to go and Josh up the road in the front group, I knew I could sit in and wait for the second group sprint.   Since only three riders were in the front break, there was still two spots left on the podium.  I was hurting but decided to hang in there and throw one last effort down in the sprint.    

With 150 meters to go, I launched my sprint.  At 100 meters, one rider came around me.    I slowing reeled him back in at the line and it came down to a bike throw!  He edged me out for fourth.   I made the podium in fifth.  I was still very happy with that! Another Williams rider on the podium! It was a great day of racing for all of us. Josh ended up 3rd overall and I got to get on the podium once again with some of the best racers in the US.

Thanks for reading,

 Timmy B

 

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RKO Tempus Fugit TT
Rider:  Timmy Bauer
Date:  3/26/2017

I am a glutton for punishment.   I doubled up and did two TT’s on Sunday.   Placed second overall. 

Timmy B

Wards Ferry Road Race and Red Kite Criterium

Posted by on 3/20/2017
Wards Ferry Road Race
Pro 1/2

Sonora CA

Riders:  Bob Terra, Timmy Bauer

The day started early with a morning drive down highway 49 to the small town of Sonora for one of the best NorCal road races. Dani (wife) and I arrived and parked next to my teammate Bobby Terra.  We prepared for a very hard day in the saddle.   The course was 70 miles with over 8,000 feet of climbing and attracts some of the best climbers in northern California. The race starts off with a two mile neutral section then on to a six lap, 11 mile course.

I rolled off the front on the first lap descent. This was not planned.   Sometimes, my aggressive riding style leads to these situations so I just went with it.     I hit the main climb with a gap but used it to go slow, save energy and allow the peloton to catch me.   Bobby went on the attack once the catch was made.   We had 65 miles to go so no one rider followed Bob’s move.  Bob got a gap and put 30 seconds into the peloton entering lap two. This was great!   Other teams had to work at the front to keep Bob close.   I was able to sit near the front and save energy.    On this course, saving energy is a must because there are no flat areas and over 1000 ft of climbing per lap.

I continued to do my best to conserve energy while Bobby was out front riding hard. At the start of lap three Bobby had 50 seconds on the peloton. Teams kicked up the pace to real Bobby’s threat back.   Bobby eventually was pulled back to the peloton late into lap three.  

Starting lap four, Bobby attacked the field with another rider.   Once again, great for me because other teams would have to chase and I would get a free ride.   With a lap and a half to go, Bobby and the other rider came back to the peloton.   I could feel the nervousness within the peloton.  Those who still had legs were unwilling to let more moves slide off the front.   In other words, no more slipping off the front without a fight.

At the start of lap six, a solo rider attacked and got a gap.    Coming to the feed zone, I heard Bobby from behind yell “Go Timmy”. Two riders attacked and I followed.  We got a gap and were off.     We caught the one solo rider.  This made four, with two from the same team.   After a few attacks, our lead group split into two groups of two.   I was red lining and could not make it into the front group.   That left two off the front, two behind and the peloton farther back.   Two more riders attacked the peloton and bridged up to my chase group.

I attacked the chase group and bridged to the front group.  With 4 miles to go we were now playing cat and mouse. This is where bike racing gets dicey.   If we play games in the front group, other groups will catch us.   Sure enough, the remaining three riders in the chase group caught us.   With three miles to go we were now a group of six.  At one kilometer to go, we were all looking at each other wondering who would attack first. I sat second wheel as we approached 500 meters to go.  The guy on my wheel was constantly looking back waiting for an attack from behind.    As he was looking behind, I started to pull away.    I dropped the hammer knowing it was a bit early but hoping I could catch everyone off guard. With 200 meters I was full gas. With 150 meters I saw one rider come past with another on his wheel.  I continued to go full gas. With 50 meters to go I was exhausted but continued to somehow turn over the peddles. I could hear cheers from my family and my teammate, who had stopped the lap before to save for Sundays racing. I made it to the line for third place.

This was a huge result for me! It was such a fun day on the bike! Thanks to my team mate Bobby & race crew (wife & daughter). 

Thank you for reading and thank you to my sponsors and supporters!

Timmy Bauer   

 

Red Kite Criterium

2/3
Sonora CA

Riders:  Bob Terra, Timmy Bauer

It was Timmy’s turn to pay Bob back for the Wards Ferry Road Race!  

Aggressive fun racing.   Three major breaks in the first half of the race.  Bobby was in every break.   All were too big.   Some riders were willing to work while other riders were not.  This typically leads to confusion and failure.   Ultimately, all were brought pack to the peloton.   With 8 laps to go, a group of two riders were up the road.   Bob called Timmy to the front of the peloton.   The plan was simple.  Timmy would attacked with everything he had.  Bob would sit on his wheel.   Timmy’s job was to take Bob across the gap to the break.   Timmy got Bob ¾ of the way before he blew.   Bob crossed the remaing ¼ on his own while Timmy went back to the peloton to block.   Now there were three riders up the road including Bob.  With one to go, the cat and mouse game begin.   The three riders positioned themselves for the three up sprint.   No one wanted to lead it out.  At times they were three across waiting for someone to go.   The peloton was coming up fast.   Bob made his move with 300 meters to go.  He came around the final turn with a gap of four bike lengths and held it to the line for the win.  

Fantastic team win.   Bobby gets the win and Timmy gets Bob into the final break.   This is what teammates are about.  Selfless racing is winning racing.  

CongratsTeam!


land Park Crit and Bariani Road Race

Posted by on 3/14/2017

Race: Land Park Criterium
Date: Saturday 3/11/2017
Racers:  Josh Carling, Bobby Tera, Timmy Bauer, Sam Hill, Matt Tufts, Kevin Tufts

Course:  1mile+ Criterium in downtown Sacramento

Race Plan:  Keep the race together and save Bobby and Josh for the sprint finish.   This course is perfect for a late attack from Bobby and/or a sprint win for Josh.  Timmy, Sam, Kevin and Matt would cover all attacks.

Race went as planned.  All moves were covered.  With five laps to go, our riders started to find each other and setup for the sprint.  With three laps to go, we were all together and near the front as a team.  Three laps to go and approaching the chicane section on the back end of the course, all heck broke loose and there was a crash.  The crash took out four of our six riders.  Race Over.   These things happen. We are lucky our riders were not hurt, just a few scratches etc…  We will live to fight another day.

 

Race: Bariani Road Race  70 miles, five lap circuit - 14 miles per lap
Date: Sunday 3/12/2017
Racers:  Josh Carling, Bobby Tera, Timmy Bauer, Matt Tufts, Kevin Tufts

A typical Bariani day…windy, bad roads and a suffer fest.

Race plan.   Get into a break, hope it sticks with the right combination teams represented and ride hard.  

A course like Bariani can be very tricky.  Riders have to be ultra-aggressive and willing to take chances to make it to the end.   This course has a nasty cross wind section and narrow roads. A rider must push to the front and be ready to fight for position in the cross winds or they will find themselves spit out the back as the peleton forms echelons.  If a rider is strung out at the back of an echelon, kiss your race goodbye.

Josh, Bobby and Timmy took turns trying to get into a meaningful break.  Nothing was sticking.   At the end of three laps, six riders went up the road.  Williams was not represented in the move.  Josh got into a chase group, crossed half the one minute gap to the leaders but could not close.  The chase group came back to the peleton.  At two laps to go, one rider from the lead break blew-up and returned to the peleton.  Now there were five riders up the road with a one minute gap.  Tons of attacks from the remaining 25 riders in the peleton.  Nothing was sticking and the front five riders still had a one minute gap. 

Two laps to go, race is intensely hard, we lose Matt, Kevin and Timmy.   It’s just Josh and Bobby and a small peleton of 20 riders.  Another rider blows up out of the front break.  There are just four riders up the road with the same one minute gap.   At eight kilometers to go, only 10 riders left in the peleton and the gap is down to 30 seconds.   Josh and Bobby are still in the peleton.  Five kilometers to go and one rider from the peloton attacks and slips away.  Bobby attacks and attempts to bridge.  It’s now four riders in the break with less than 30 seconds, one rider crossing the gap and Bobby just behind burying himself to get on the back of the break.  Bobby runs out of real estate and places sixth just a few seconds behind the winning break.   Josh comes across in eighth. 

In the end, we put two riders in the top eight.   Bobby picked up some more points for his Cat one upgrade and Josh proves once again why he is one of the best in NorCal.   I consider this a great day for the team.

  

 

Snelling Road Race

Posted by on 3/6/2017

Snelling RR P/1/2:

Selling Road Race is a Northern California spring classic.   Many top US Pro and Elite teams use this race as early season training prior to launching their North American or Europe campaign.

Large budget Pro and Elite teams in attendance:  Rally Pro Cycling, Herbalife Elite, Mikes Bikes Elite, Specialized / Muscle Milk Elite, Cyclesport Elite and Cliff Bar Elite. 


To break the top 10 in a race like this is a huge accomplishment for any team from Northern California.   I am happy to say that Josh Carling placed 8th. I can’t express enough how proud I am of our team.  

Report from Josh Carling:

Williams Cycling was well represented with Matt Tufts, Bobby Terra, Timmy Bauer and myself.

We were lucky to start in the second wave just after noon and it was probably the best weather we've had this winter. I came prepared for nasty conditions, but ended up needing just bib and jersey. After a good hard warm up with the guys, we lined up with a group of seriously talented cyclists. Rally, Mikes Bikes, Herbalife, Cyclesport and others were very well represented. We knew before the start that we would have our hands full. As we rolled out, I had a nice chat with Tom Soladay from Rally. He told me about some of the training they've experienced over the last couple weeks in NorCal. They have ridden some of the best mountain roads that we have in our area as they prepare for racing in Europe in the next couple of months. He told me how shattered he was from some monster days, and that he was looking forward to a much needed day off. He asked about the Williams Cycling team and specifically about the Williams brand. I told him about how we are trying to develop a team with a mix of older experienced riders, with some talented youngsters and truly work together and race as a team. I also told him how supportive Keith Williams has been to me over the years, even when I wasn't on a team that he sponsored. That is a huge part of why I jumped at the opportunity to help Keith start a small elite program to develop on the local level in the NCNCA and hopefully beyond in the future. Anyway, back to the race.


The race was on as soon as we hit the course. A break formed on the first lap with 2 Rally's, a Herbalife and a Mikes. When the Herbalife rider was dropped from the break early into lap two, I knew the Herbalife team would either chase or attack to bridge a rider back up into the break. I told Timmy to be ready to follow. Herbalife tried unsuccessfully several times to get someone across.  Our guys followed several times, but we didn't want to do the work for Herbalife. When there was a lull in the pace, and it seemed Herbalife was pulling their guys off the front, I found myself out front with a gap. I put my head down and continued to push. One rider came across to me and after trading several pulls, we were within 5 seconds of the break. I came around to take my pull and gave everything I could and caught the leaders. My chase companion blew up and couldn't make it across. After sitting at the back and trying to recover, I saw attackers from the pack coming across to the break. We went up a short rise, then we were sucked back into the pack and the attacks came again fast and furious from Rally. I was suffering at this point, being in the red for 10+ minutes and had nothing to respond to the latest attacks. This is where races are won and it was this point when the winning break went up the road. It consisted of Tom Soladay, Jesse Anthony and Emerson Oronte of Rally, Justin Mauch and Chris Harland-Dunaway of Herbalife and Chris Riekert of Mikes Bikes. HD soon flatted out of the break to make it five up the road. I recovered in the pack and Timmy was dropped after the massive accelerations with some bad leg pains. We were down to three guys and were pretty much at the mercy of the pack at this point. Bobby and Matt were very attentive at the front to make sure we didn't miss a split in the group. We occasionally rolled through at the front, but mostly followed wheels as other riders attacked. It was mostly uneventful until the last lap when the break was officially gone and riders, mostly the left over Rally guys began to attack. We covered pretty well, but at some point Brad Huff and Charlie Velez got away with solo moves. I don't know what happened with Huff as he wasn't placed in the results, but Charlie held off the field to finish sixth. Coming into the final 3k, Matt took me to the front. Bobby came up from behind and took a massive pull at about 2k to help bring back Shane Kline of Rally and one other. Matt gave one more surge at about 1500 meters and I was able to surf and grab another Rally guy, Eric Young's wheel with 1k to go. After a couple guys took flyers, I went through the final corner third wheel, 400 meters from the line, right behind Young. He powered up the slight rise out of the corner and it was all I could do just to hold his wheel. I tried to accelerate past at 100m, but didn't have any pop left and rolled across behind Eric Young for 8th overall.  Rally swept the podium with Soladay taking the win. I guess these NorCal roads have boosted his fitness.  Hopefully days like this can help him and the Rally boys gain fitness as they head off to race in Europe.  I know for me and the Williams Cycling team, races like this are a huge benefit as we prepare to take on whatever race is up next on the calendar.

Thanks for reading,
Josh Carling

 

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 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 filed 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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