Red Kite Criterium
A great day for the team. Fireworks, explosions, race blowing apart, aggressive racing and domination by the Williams team!!!
The quick story. Sam attacks the field with three riders, Bobby bridges up to make five riders. They lap the field. Sam attacks again, Sam stays away for awhile then comes back to the peloton, Bobby attacks, Timmy protects. The peloton was blowing apart. This was non stop aggressive riding from the boys. An awesome display.
The finish: Pack sprint with five riders who have lapped the field. Sam wins the sprint, Bobby takes second, Timmy rolls in a few spots behind. Williams goes one and two. The the ripe old age of 20, Bobby earns enough points to become a Cat One racer! Well done kid.
Attached is a picture of Sam posting up. Angle of shot from Bob's gopro.
Red Kite Criterium
Women's 3/4 Race
Kristen doing what Kristen does. Go BIG. Kristen raced very aggressive attacking both early and late in the race. The peloton reeled her in at the end. Hats off to her willingness to get after it and make a race happen.
Sea Otter Road Race
11 Continental pros
1 World Tour Pro
80 miles and over 7,000 ft. of
Williams Rider: Timmy Bauer
The family headed down to Sea Otter Classic Pro Road Race Friday morning. My wife and daughter (known as the bug) were my support team in the feed zone. I was flying solo as no other Williams racer made the trip down to beautiful Monterey.
The Sea Otter road race attracts some stiff competition. Ten UCI Continental Pros & one World Tour Pro lined up with another 40 top Cat 1/2 racers from the west coast.
The Sea Otter road race is a circuit
course that includes 9 hilly laps and one long final steep climb to the finish
line. This year, Sea Otter added the
famous “wall” climb to each lap. You
might ask what the heck is the wall? Well it is a climb on the course that hits
over 25% gradient and is around a mile long, and we were to ascend it 9 times
during the race. I was stoked and ready to rip.
We started off on the Laguna Seca Raceway track with a neutral roll out. The first time up the wall was brutal, but I really enjoy that type of racing so I was excited for the challenge to come. The first lap was fast and full of attacks but nothing sticking. I was keeping myself protected from the wind drafting off other big teams around me.
We started the second lap and things were going well….until we hit the wall. At the wall, one of the team Pro Illuminate racers attacked. This started a flurry of counter attacks which really sucked as I was put to my limit. The paced slowed after all the attacks which gave me time to eat and drink as I knew this was going to be a long day in the saddle.
Lap three started, I was feeling great and was tempted to attack when we got to the wall. At the base of the wall, I was right behind Cannondale World Tour Pro Talansky when the attacks started. I went to follow the moves when my bike miss-shifted leaving my chain wedged in between my frame and crankset. It was wedged in there so well I had to wait for a neutral support vehicle to arrive and with assistance. This was the worst time possible for a mechanical. A mechanical at the bottom of the biggest climb of the day at exactly when attacks started....AHHGG! I went as hard as I could to catch the peloton. Two miles later and a whole new world of suffering, I was back with the peloton. I positioned toward the front and got a bottle in the feed and continued to hydrate and fuel my body. The group was whittling down quickly as we were down to say 35 racers. A three man break went up the road which caused a bit of concern from the peloton. Let’s just say the speed went up a couple notches. On lap four the pace dropped dramatically even though the break was still up the road. The correct teams must have been represented in the break so things started to slow….so I thought.
The lead moto official updated us regarding how much time the break had on the peloton. 5 minutes!! The peloton went crazy with attacks as we entered lap five. I was suffering just to stay in the peloton. The wind had increased as the afternoon ocean breeze swept over the course. I was really in the hurt locker when Talansky and two other pros decided it was time to blow the race apart. I completely imploded but kept on fighting. A mile farther I was finally spit out the back of what was left of the peloton. Starting lap six, I pulled the plug and let the officials know I was pulling out and headed to the car
I ended up 31st. I was
happy with my performance. Picture attached
Thank you for your support! Timmy Bauer