Folsom Spring Criterium

Posted by on 5/29/2017
Race:  Folsom Criterium
Date: 5/27/2017
Event:  P/1/2
Length:  60 minutes, 1 mile course shaped like a "D"
Racers:  Josh Carling, Timmy Bauer, Bob Terra, Sam Hill, Kevin and Matt Tufts

The plan:   The team believed a break could succeed on this course.  Therefore, we had to be both aggressive and attentive.  Our goal was to be represented in every break.  If the break sticks, win out of the break.  If the race comes down to a field sprint, lead Josh and Sam out for the win.  We had Bob, Kevin and Matt committed to attacking and/or covering all moves.  We kept Josh and Sam fresh in the peleton and had Timmy ready to put in major work at the front incase we needed to bring a break back

Guess what?  Every team had the same plan.   The attacks started from the gun.   Not one break was sticking because each attack was countered by the ENTIRE FIELD sprinting to bring it back.   This typically leads to very fast and hard racing.   My experience has been when racing is this hard, riders tire after about 20 minutes.   Typically, 20 to 30 minutes is when the elastic band snaps and the real race starts.  Sure enough, at the 1/2 way mark (12 laps to go), a group of 6 riders got up the road including our rider Bob Terra.   Our formula was in place.   If the break sticks, Bob would try and win.   If the break comes back, Josh and Sam would go for the field sprint win.  

Bob was committed to the break.  For the next 11 laps, the break had 30 seconds on the field.  All was looking good for Bob to win out of the break.   But, as what can happen often in bike racing, the break started playing games and not driving the pace.  The field came up fast and literally caught the break with 150 feet to the finish line.  Bob watched Josh fly by him for the win with 100 feet to go.   Josh did was Josh does and unleashed a massive sprint to win the race.

Another great effort from the team. 

Results:  1st.  Josh Carling,  9th Sam Hill, 10th Bob Terra, 23rd Kevin Tufts, 34th Matt Tufts  

Note:  Timmy was run off the course.  He had to bunny Hop a curb and go off the course in order to stay upright.  The good news is that when he stopped, a fan handed him a beer and said "Enjoy" which he did!

Josh on the top podium. 

Bob always on the attack

Timmy leading Josh around the corner

Race:  Folsom Criterium
Date: 5/27/2017
Event:  Men 4/5
Course: 1 mile course shaped like a "D"
Racers:  Kristen Hill
Place:  33 out of 65 racers

So, I'm thinking Kristen enjoys swapping elbows with the men these days.  A warrior attitude for sure.  I love her heart and drive.   Kristen had a solid day finishing with the peloton after a hard and fast race. 

Kristen on her new bike.

Kristen mixing it up with the boys.

NOTE:   Don't forget about this Sunday's Lodi Cylefest Criterium Race in downtown Lodi.   We will have three tents setup for our team and sponsors.   If you have the time, come down and say hi!   Here is a link to the details.


Modesto Criterium and Road Race

Posted by on 5/24/2017
Another fun weekend of racing for the team.  We have some cool pics attached to the email..

Race: Modesto Criterium
Pro 1/2
Date: Saturday 5/20
Riders:  Sam Hill, Robert Terra, Matt Tufts

The heat takes it's toll!

I made the trek from Placerville Ca to the central valley town of Modesto to get a healthy helping of Vitamin D, and the weather did not disappoint. Choosing to race the Master 35+ 123 as a warm up turned out to be the incorrect decision, as it was the first hot race of the year for me. I found myself in a break of 4, but we were reeled in after 5 laps or so. Spending the rest of the race debating on just how hard I wanted to work with the next race looming, I pulled the plug for a mid pack finish and went straight to some shade and ice water to cool down.

Let me just say that I dig this course! Not your boring office park, a downtown circuit with 8 turns to make position and smarts a key component of the race, which I like. During a brief meeting before the race, Bobby's girlfriend Sami hooked us all up with ice-filled panty hose to stuff inside the Pearl Izumi Mach Five Speedsuits. It worked really well for the first 20 minutes! I told Bobby and Sam that I wasn't sure how my legs would be after the master's race, and that I would cover early moves so they could stay fresh for the end. My legs however proved me a liar and after the first two laps I was tail-gunning for much of the race. Not to worry, because Bobby is on form! First attack he is all over it, and if he has to ride himself into the ground, he is going to make a break! I swear there were no fewer than 12 break attempts and he was in 11 of them. Unfortunately, the one he missed was the one that stuck. Everyone knows how strong Bobby is, and he's marked everywhere he goes.

In the middle of the race, Sam makes a sneaky move and launches off the front of the group! It was so sly I didn't even see it happen, and nobody else did either! There was a little panic from the field as Sam's dark kit emerged from the shadows 100 feet off the front! Eventually the heat collected it's due, and Sam was forced to rejoin the charging group. 

With about 20 min or so left I mustered up what little strength I had, got Bobby on my wheel and gave a hard dig to try to bridge him up to the break. You can really feel the stiff Williams System 45's accelerate like a rocket, and even Dave Grundman had a hard time grabbing the move! Katie Truong got a good pic of that moment here:

Unfortunately Owen Gillot had Bobby's wheel, and nobody wanted to let either one of them get up the road. A couple of late attacks later, and Bobby and one other rider stayed away until the finish. With the leading break of 5 up the road, Bobby ends up 7th!

All in all it was a great showing from Williams Cycling, and we are starting to be a known force in Nor

Cal. Thanks for reading!

Check out the great pic of Matt setting Bob up for an attack.   There is another great pic of Sam sneaking off the front.

Matt Tufts

Race: Modesto Criterium
Men Cat 4/5
Date: Saturday 5/20
Riders:  Kristen Hill

Props to Kristen for starting the day racing the men’s cat 4/5 race.  Racing with the men is a great way for Kristen to develop speed and power.  

There is an old and true saying in bike racing “you race enough and you will have your share of crashes”    Sometimes crashing is self-induced, while other times it is the result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Unfortunately, Kristen was caught up in a crash and went down.   Like a trooper, she picked herself up and headed over to the medical tent for some good old fashion duct tape and super glue to put herself back together.   Luckily, she is doing fine and already back on the bike.   Here is a sequence of pictures.  The before, the race, the after.


Race: Modesto Road Race
Pro 1/2
Course:  72 miles.  8 laps of a 9 mile loop.  
Date: Saturday 5/21
Riders:  Robert Terra

Fun race.   Flat, fast and hot.

Lots of attacks from the gun.   A break of 3 riders got up the road early on in the race.   Bob bridged up to the break.  Each rider was willing to work to make it stick.  The break put one minute into the field.  As you know, riding a break can be very hard.   Each rider takes a pull for anywhere from 5 seconds to 1 minute with a constant rotation.  Rarely is there time to recover before the rider is back on the front for another effort.   Luckily, we have Bob on our team and for some reason, he loves to pull out the big sword and ride breaks all day long.   We may need to get him in to see a psychiatrist regarding his never ending love for flogging himself (just kidding Bob, we love you)

With one to go, the break came down to 40 seconds as the field was ramping for the catch.  A bit of fear crept into the break assuming they might be swallowed up by the field right before the finish line.   With 1.5 miles to go, Scott Giles (US national champ) attacked the break and rode away for a solo win.  Great effort Scott!  The remaining three riders, including Bob, kept working together and stayed off the front to the line.   Bob won the break sprint for 2nd.   It was another great day for Bob and the team.  

Race: Modesto Road Race
Date: Saturday 5/20
Riders:  Chris Courtney

Great to see Oak Valley Community Bank President, Chris Courtney, out racing.   He placed a solid 24th at the road race.   Well done.  

NCNCA Masters 35+ Road Race State Championships

Posted by on 5/17/2017

By and large, a slow weekend of racing for the team.  It was time to rest up and refuel the jets for the next effort. 

However, Josh Carling wanted to put another state championship title under his belt so he headed off to Monterey for the  Masters 35+ State Championship. 

NCNCA Masters 35+ Road Race State Championships
Distance: 55.9 miles
Circuit course: 13 laps, 4.3 miles per lap
Rider:  Joshua Carling

State Championship races are always interesting.  You never know who will show up. 

This year, the race was located in Monterey.  This is a bit of a drive for most racers so typically only local racers or racers looking to win the race (or support a teammate) make the trek.

I was the only member of the Williams team making the 3.5 hour drive.   Most of the Williams riders are too young to race as a masters riders.   I guess that makes me long in the tooth LOL! 

The race:   Small field, very tactical.  Each lap was 4.3 miles long with rolling hills, a long tail wind section and a brutal head wind section.   We had to complete 13 laps.   

Some riders were solo (racing by themselves) and some had one or two team mates. Then there was me, a man flying solo and marked from the gun.   Due to the lack of a big teams to control the race, I assumed the race would be…..well….a crap shoot.   What I mean by that is when you have a bunch a solo riders and no real teams to control the race, attacks will constantly happen.  Why?  Because there are no large teams to cover attacks.   If an attack sticks, odds are there will be no organized chase.

Sure enough, several riders attacked from the gun.   Two very strong Olympic Club riders, Chris Coble and Will Riffelmacher, had a solid game plan of going “all in” on a massive attack and forcing me to chase them down.  I knew I couldn't cover every move so I decided to mark Coble and hope that others would chase if his team mate got up the road.  Will Riffelmacher did attack the field and got clear with a Mikes Bikes rider, who turned out to be very strong.  I was forced to chase.  Thankfully, a couple riders helped with the chase for a few laps but we were unable to bring back the break of two.   We were losing time to the break which reached over a minute gap to the dwindling field.  As the laps ticked down, the attacks started again but no rider could cross the gap to the leaders.   With only a few laps to go, the break of two still had a minute on a dwindling field of four riders including me.  

Chis Coble attacked from our group with 1.5 laps to go and quickly got a gap.  Chris was riding smart.  He had Will in the front break of two and did not have to help us chase down the front break the entire race.  Chris was fresh and ready to pounce.   As Chris rode away from our group, I knew I was racing for 4th.   I was cooked from chasing the entire race but was able to find enough strength to sprint for 4th.  

This was not the result I was looking for but that’s racing.  I was happy with my effort and I know a hard day on the bike will only improve my fitness.  

Until next time, Josh Carling. 

Golden State Criterium and Circuit Race

Posted by on 5/8/2017
As you know by now, this endeavor was born from the desire to create a healthy atmosphere for athletes that want to be part of something that is larger than themselves.   Never underestimate the power of a team.

"Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." ...

Amazing two days of racing the Golden State criterium and circuit race.  So thankful to have a great group of people who happen to be very fast on a bike and sponsors who make it happen.  

Saturday:  Golden State Criterium.
Race:  Pro/1/2
Riders:  Timmy Bauer, Josh Carling, Bob Terra, Kevin Tufts, Matt Tufts, Sam Hill
Race Length:  75 minutes

Note:  The Golden State weekend race series includes a two day overall champion and points champion.   The overall champion would be the best placed rider of two days.   The points champion would be who collected the most sprint points during the two days of racing.   Day 1 was a criterium (1 mile loop) , day two was a circuit course (2.3 miles).  Williams had a full display tent and team tent location on the course for day one.  Team tent for day two plus we did a full team photo shoot at the race.  

Criterium:  The plan.  Have Bob and Timmy race very aggressive.   Get into every move and see what happens.  If a move sticks, win out of the break.  If all breaks come back, the Tufts brothers will lead Josh and Sam out for the win!  

The race:  Teams win races, individuals do not!   Bob and Timmy took turns hoping from break to break.  We were represented in every move.  Eventually, Timmy got into a four man break that put 25 seconds in the field. Timmy was committed to make it stick.  Eventually, a second break started with Bob attached.  The two breaks merged together which put two of our riders in position to win.   As the laps ticked down, the break tired and slowly came back to the field.   I think the break was caught with just a few laps to go.  With two to go, the Tufts brothers brought Josh and Sam to the front.   With one to go, Kevin hit the gas on the back stretch and put the entire peloton into single file all the way down the back stretch.   At two turns to go, Matt took over a dropped off Josh and Sam at the final turn.   Josh did what Josh does and absolutely HAMMERED the sprint for the win.   Josh put three bike lengths into second place.  Sam came across 8th. There is a video of the sprint at Williams Cycling Instagram's awesome.

Bob's aggressive riding put him in the lead for the sprinters jersey. Josh was in position for the overall and took the win on day one.   I attached a nice pic of the team debriefing after the race.   We were all happy indeed.   Podium picture attached.

Josh.  P/1/2 crit win

Post race debriefing

Sunday:  Golden State Circuit race.
Race:  Pro/1/2
Riders:  Josh Carling, Bob Terra, Kevin Tufts, Matt Tufts, Sam Hill
Race Length:  75 minutes

Circuit:  The plan.   Get Josh the win and overall title.   Get Bob more sprint points and the sprint jersey overall.  

Bob was in an all out war to keep the green jersey.   Bob used every trick in the book to collect sprint points as the race developed.   During one of the prime sprints, four riders slipped off the front.   The four riders were down on the overall classification and not considered a threat.   The peloton let them go and they eventually built up a lead and stayed off the front to the end.   Given the the four man break would take places one through four, the battle would be for fifth.  We knew that in order to win the overall, Josh would have to win the field sprint and bring Sam with him to the line.   We wanted both Josh and Sam on the podium for the overall.   Bob, Kevin and Matt led out the peloton with one mile to go.   The Tufts brothers dropped off Josh and Sam at the final chicane.  Again, Josh dropped the hammer and won the field sprint for fifth and Sam followed in seventh.  

The result:   Josh Carling wins day one and the overall.  Bob wins the sprinters jersey.  Sam finishes 7th overall.    The Tufts brothers once again are the unsung heroes of the weekend.  Timmy missed Sunday's race but was a huge contributor to Saturdays success.  

Josh wins the overall

Bob wins the sprinters jersey

Kristen Hill:   Two days of solid racing.  Let's just say, in a street fight, Kristen will be the last standing.  On Saturday, she raced the women's 3/4/5 race and men's 3 race.   Sunday she raced the men's 4/5 race.    I really enjoy watching her determination and lack of fear to bump elbows with the boys.   Well done Kristen.  

That's 22 podiums and counting!    

The Elite team in Pearl Izume Mach 5 Skinsuits

Thanks for reading

Cat's Hill Criterium / Stockton Record Article

Posted by on 5/1/2017
It was a great weekend of racing.  The team really pulled off something special at the Iconic Cat's Hill Criterium on Saturday.   19 podiums in three months.   Absolutely unbelievable results for a 6 person P/1/2 team. 

Timmy's report.

The 44th Cats Hill Classic (Iconic Race – Past winners include (Greg Lemond, Dan Holloway, Ron Kiefel etc…)


Pro 1,2 with Cat 2 scored & prized separately

75 mins 69 Racers

5 Williams Racers (Josh Carlang, Bobby Terra, Sam Hill, Matt Tuffs, & Myself Timmy Bauer) 


This was my first ever time racing the Cats Hill classic and it will be a race I never forget!


Mat Tufts, Josh Carling, Sam Hill and I traveled together to the race.   Bobby Terra met us at the race.    Traffic was brutal as it took us four and a half  hours to get to a race that should have taken two hours.  We arrived just in time to get a warm up, and get ready for our race. I was very excited and ready to get after it. The team goal was to put Josh in a position to win this famous race.   The course is a mile criterium that has a short, steep 25% gradient climb per lap.  It’s a hard man’s course and it is awesome.


As we rolled up to the line, Josh & I knew being on the front row would help us not to get caught up in the swarm to the first corner. The start gun went off and I missed my peddle clip in. First time all year!    I tried again thought I had it, but didn’t work. I couldn’t believe that by the time I managed to get clipped in I was deep maybe 50th or so. YIKES!  This was not good for me at all because I had never even seen the course now I was stuck back deep in the pack.  


I stayed calm because I had been here before (San Rafael last year) and learned that panicking gets you know where. The first six or seven laps I rode smart sitting on the climb every time saving energy moving up when I could.


The race started off blazing fast. Once in while I would get glimpse of Bobby & Josh at the front and kept working my way up the field after my horrible start.


After 25 minutes full throttle racing, things slowed a bit.   I used this slower pace to get towards the front.  I worked my way into the top 20. Josh, Bobby, and I were together. The race was much smoother towards the front because when in the back, every acceleration or deceleration is dramatized by the amount of riders in front of you. Some say it’s like an elastic band and the further back you are the more of a snap there is when the pace changes.


I continued to ride smart and save energy.   Josh was looking good and the field was getting smaller every lap. This was a stacked field with the best racers from California.  When attacks went on the climb the race got hard real quick. Around 45 minutes in, we were sitting well towards the front and I saw the lap cards, 11 laps to go. I thought to myself “that’s it I got this”. I also knew I could not afford to slide back at this point.   With with to go we were in the top 20 spots. Around five laps left I noticed I was racing with mainly Cat 1’s as our Cat 2 numbers were different. Josh was still there and we were riding together. At four laps to go I knew it was time to be top 10 so we moved up a bit and the race continued to get faster and faster.


The laps were counting down and the lead group was getting smaller and smaller. With two laps left Josh and I latched on to the Mikes train and were right up in the front coming to the start finish.  We started to get swarmed when I heard Josh yell “we got to go” so I found room and rode hard into the first corner. At that point Matt Chat from Marc pro attacked with Sam Bassetti on his wheel.   I was able to respond and bring us up into the top five starting the final climb. Sam Basseti attacked with a massive effort up the climb.  Josh responded with the Mikes riders but Bassetti got a nice gap.  At the top of the climb I was 9th. Josh was on the 2 time winners wheel, Tobin Ortanblad, with Mikes leading the way. The front hesitated with two corners to go.   I made a move to get to the front and help Josh but got squeezed in the comer and had to grab the brakes.   From there on it was a full gas sprint. I was still in the lead group of 10 as we hit the last straightaway.   I saw Josh launch his sprint so I launched mine.  I managed to get back around one rider finishing 9th overall with Josh getting 3rd with a well-timed bike throw. Our lead group separated from the peloton and I was the only Category 2 racers to make it!


It was a huge successes for the team! With Josh on the Pro 1 podium and me on the top step of the Category 2 Podium! It also meant I get a Cats Hill Custom made winners jersey! After the race we had a blast!  It was celebration time! It's so fun getting to enjoy these great accomplishments with my teammates and family.  


The Williams Racing van hit the road for the drive home. Thanks to the lack off traffic and good times it seemed like a much quicker trip back. Until next time


Thanks for reading and your support! 


Timmy B

Josh Carling 3rd P/1/2

Timmy Bauer -  1st Cat 2

Josh and Timmy controlling the front of the race

Congrats to Bob Terra.   Bob has upgraded from a Cat 2 to a Cat 1.

Nice article in the Stockton record about our team and local rider Bob Terra (attached)


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