Auburn Downtown Criterium

Posted by on 6/27/2017

Auburn Downtown Criterium
Date:  6/25/2017

Race: Pro 1,2

Team: Timmy Bauer, Josh Carling, Matt Tufts, Kevin Tufts

 

After a fun Saturday training with teammates, we showed up to the Auburn Criterium pumped and ready for some racing. Josh has raced very well in the past here so we came into this race with some confidence.

 

The eight corner course was a very technical with a solid climb, head wind section, and a fast decent. The course suited our team.   I followed the first move after 12 minutes of hard racing.    The break included me, a specialized rider (Taylor King) and an A-Main rider (Bob Lander). I did not commit to this move right away as I wanted to get a feel for who was willing to work and who would just sit on.    The next lap I noticed the peloton had hesitated. I put in some effort and ripped the descent.   I heard we had 15 seconds so sour break went harder. Right after we increased the pace we dropped the A-Main rider. It was two of us with just over 35 minutes to go.   I heard we had now reached 30 seconds on the field so I kept the hammer down. At this point I was pulling 90% per lap while Taylor from specialized was struggling to hold my wheel.   We were losing momentum. Eventually, we lapped one of my teammate who yelled out some timely encouragement and to race smart. 

 

With around 20 minutes to go I heard that Tory Phillips from Marc Pro was bridging solo to our two man break.  We only had 20 seconds to the main field at this point.  I let up just enough to insure he made the bridge as I knew I could not go on alone and Taylor, my original break mate, was suffering just to hang on my wheel. When Tory crossed the gap to our two man break, he immediately attacked.   I responded with ease and took a look over at him letting him know I was there and not ready to quit.  We started taking pulls working good together. After a lap or so we increased our gap over the field and dropped the specialize rider.   I was feeling good and we pushed our gap to 50 seconds over the main field in just a few laps.

 

With 4 laps to go, I was struggling but maintained my position.  Tory went all in with a monster attack and I just could not respond.  Tory held a 5 second gap to me.   I continued to push. With 2 laps left I heard we had 51 seconds over the field.  Again, I continued to go as hard as possible. I went full gas on the last lap hoping Tory might sit up and enjoy the final straight away for the win.  This was my last shot at sneaking by him for the win.  Tory did in fact sit up and I did try to chase him down but was a bit too far back to nip him at the line.   I was so excited to finish 2nd.   We ended the race with a 40 second lead on the field. This was a hard technical course with some big names including past national champions. 

 

Josh attacked the field on the last lap and soloed in for 3rd overall. It was awesome.   I was so excited to pull off this result with such a daring move and stick the break from lap 3 in the race.

 

Huge thank you to my family and teammates for all the support. Also thank you to our sponsors.  You all have helped us achieve so much this year! Excited for what's to come as the season is only at its half way point! Thanks for reading

Timmy Bauer 



Nevada City Classic / Red Kite Criterium

Posted by on 6/20/2017

“Survival can be summed up in three words - never give up. That's the heart of it really. Just keep trying”

 

Bear Grylls


The fabulous Nevada City Classic was last Sunday.  This is one of the most famous criteriums in the USA.   The course is brutal. 1/2 the course is straight uphill and the other 1/2, downhill.   There are little team tactics.   Basically, ride as hard as you can and see what happens.   I have included three separate race reports from the three riders who tackled the beast known as Nevada City.  These reports will give you a unique insight as to how three riders from the same team survive this intense race.   Enjoy!

 

Nevada City Classic
Date: June 18

Riders:  Josh Carling, Kevin Tufts, Timmy Bauer

 

By Josh Carling:

Nevada City from the view of someone who is normally just pack fodder in a race such as this:  This race took place on a treacherously hot day that no one was really prepared for.  There was some serious power in the field. It didn't take long for Torrey Phillip and Cameron Bronstein to break away.  I was already on my limit going up the climb and responding to the move wasn't even an option. A couple more riders got away including Chris Riekert the eventual winner, and Cole Davis shortly after. I almost felt like I could make the acceleration to go with them, but held back because it was still so early and I figured I wouldn’t be able to hang for long. As the race progressed and riders fell off the back, my confidence grew. I was able to lead on the descent and every lap had a slight gap going into the climb. I saved crucial watts and late in the race when the attacks came from our whittled down pack, I was able to respond.  I sprinted up the climb on the last lap following a Mikes Bikes attack and going over the top I couldn't even see straight. Another Mike’s rider attacked and I thought I was threw. I somehow found the strength to push one more time and on the descent to the finish I was able to go past.  I held off a hard charging Nick Reed to finish 6th overall, my best ever result in The Nevada City Classic. Maybe a smaller field than years past, but no matter what, always a classic.

By Kevin Tufts

Nevada City.  Coming off of a confusing performance a week before Nevada City in which my lungs decided they were too mad at me to work anymore, I had lot of anxiety and stress about probably the toughest crit in the nation.  This race is more about survival and less about team tactics so at least the pressure was off if I was less than dependable for Timmy and Josh who were doing this race as well. My Wife reminded me to just do my best and have fun.  It was Father's Day anyway so just relax and stop stressing.
I got a nice warmup riding on some beautiful little road and then met with the team to ride to the start.  My family was down there to replace the ice sock that had melted with a fresh one.  We lined up and we're off on a brisk neutral lap that everyone was already using to fight for good positioning.  I felt a twinge of a cramp on that first lap in my hamstring but thought that this was not going to be a bad race.  The pace was high and I followed a move that the eventual 3rd place finisher initiated and went a little deep.  I was trying to recover going down the hill but ending up in a worse position than I wanted to each lap needing to break way too much and losing momentum for the stair step climb back up the course.  My power was better and was breathing easier than the week before but I popped off the group with a few others before the 15 min mark. I then settled into riding as hard as I could but starting to feel a little ill at the 25 min mark. I told the guy I was riding with I was thinking about pulling the plug.  It was a mental battle I kept having whether I should do one more lap and then stop being that I was already getting lapped by the 2 freaks of nature that had attacked and would eventually lap me 3 times.  The thing that kept me pushing myself forward was the team families that were cheering and yelling for me each lap even though I was far behind.  I found myself riding harder than I should just to show that I was not giving up and try to give an effort worth cheering over.  I also got determined to not quit this race because I had never got pulled or a DNF in it before.  The last time the chance group came around I yelled encouragement to Josh who was in a chase group racing for 6th. Timmy caught me through the start finish line with 1 to go and I rode at the pace I had been riding and maybe a little harder knowing I only had to go around 1 more time.  I sprinted down the hill at the finish satisfied that I had done my best effort and very happy that I had not pulled myself.  I was overheated and exhausted but I was done and safe and my family was with me.  I ended up 29th.  Nevada City done.


Nevada City

By Timmy Bauer

Nevada City, an event that I love! The hardest criterium on our calendar and a race with huge history spanning 57 years back to the first race in 1961. This is a race I dream about winning and even have devoted myself to special workouts to be ready and fit for this 75 min test of climbing fast descending and technical turns.

 

Josh, Kevin and I arrived to the line and set off in 102 degree temps.   As always this race draws the hardest, strongest rider field of any criterium on the NCNCA calendar. The first 10 minutes were fast and furious but I was riding really well and sitting on the climbs when others were standing and straining to stay positioned. Around 20 minutes in, a big move went Josh and I responded. I was so confident and felt great my run up was great to this race and I was going for the podium.

 

After the big split settled down around 30 minutes in I was suffering a bit from responding to the acceleration but knew I was still ok. I was 3/4’s back of the 25 man front group we came to the decent and I hit a hole while shifting down. And my rear derailleur locked up after the chain getting caught on the cassette while the derailleur was shifted all the way down. I had to stop remove my rear wheel to get things straightened out without breaking anything and then continued on.  Loosening a lap almost instantaneity I was now 30th+ with 45 minutes left of racing.  I had worked too hard to give up so I did the opposite and just kept going as hard as I could lap after lap.

 

I kept riding my best proving to myself I had the legs and could finish in the front if not for the mechanical. With the help of our family's cheering us on and 4 bottle handoffs from my awesome feed zone help my mother in law (who has a fractured foot but was still out there) I ended up 17th overall. It was not the result I wanted or expected. Though the mechanical was not in my control I did everything I could to do my best and kept going no matter what. Next year I’ll be back and more hungry for that podium than ever. Josh was awesome at 6th overall.   Fantastic result.   Kevin also finished and rode his best which was great for the team!

 

Red Kite Criterium
Date:  6/17
Riders: Sam Hill and Matt Tufts

"Hey, is anyone else doing Red Kite with Sam? I'll pay your reg fees and gas if you do!"

Fortunately I didn't have any plans that day, and that offer from Team Mom Kristen Hill made the 131 mile drive from Placerville to Pleasanton worth it. Plus racing with Sam is always fun. We met up in Davis and got him loaded up in my car, and that gave us time to talk about the plan for the race.

Some guys will say," I just want to get out there and see what I can do."

Sam says, "I want to win", and that's why I like racing with him. As there were only 2 of us representing Williams Cycling, the plan was for each of us to take turns going with moves up the road, but not initiating them. Sam and I are both sprinter-type riders, so we were hoping for either a field sprint, or a move with one of us in it. Throughout the race there were multiple attacks, and more often than not, Sam or myself was up the road. He said he felt marked, because anytime he was up in the break no one would work.

Fast forward to around 10 laps to go, and I had just got reeled back with a group of four when a break formed with Sam in it. As I was trying to recover, guys were making their way up the road, and eventually our group of 28 was split in half, about 6 seconds apart. I decided that I needed to keep myself as rested as possible so if the group came back together, I would be able to help Sam. Then I saw Sam at the front of the group, trying to split it up. Now I was thinking that if Sam's plan didn't work, I might have to be saving myself for a sprint! With 6 laps to go, my patience paid off, and we were all back together. Now all we could hope for was a field sprint.

That was not to be. With 5 to go, Aaron (Squadra) jumped and nobody followed. He is a known TT guy with big power. Still, Mike Bikes had 6 guys in the race so it was up to them to pull that back.

They failed.

There were unorganized jumps to get across the gap from multiple riders, but at that point no one was willing to let anyone get away. I kept myself 6th wheel or so, figuring Sam might have spent his last match and it was up to me to do what I could. With half a lap to go, Sam comes around me and I knew he was ready to go. I jumped with 500 to go, yelling for Sam to take my wheel. He took it without a fight, and I got him to the final corner before running out of gas. Someone cut him on the inside and forced him wide, but Sam was able to regain enough momentum to lock down second in the sprint, 3rd overall. Not a bad result for the 2 of us, and even though we raced to win, us Williams guys still like podiums!


Thanks for reading, Matt.

Tour De Nez / NorCal-Nevada District Time Trial Chmpionships

Posted by on 6/14/2017

The team got after it at one of the hardest criteriums in the country.  This race is known as Tour De Nez.  The promoters went back to the original course this year.  I for one can tell you that this is a brutally hard race.  The race is at altitude, the course is hilly and so windy that riders are blown all over the course.  The speed is very high and typically single file the entire race.   I was always proud just to finish this race.  Winners of this race prove to be some of the best racers in the country....It is that hard!


Race: Tour De Nez

Location:  Reno, NV
Category: Pro 1/2

Length: 90 minutes

Team: Josh Carling, Kevin Tufts, Timmy Bauer


Tour de Nez was a race I was looking forward as a build up to the brutal Nevada City Classic.


The Tour de Nez race organizers decided to go back to the very difficult “old school course” which included more climbing and cross winds.    I knew this race would be a great test for my current form. My goal was to get a result or bury myself for Josh Carling.  


We arrived early at the race, met with my parents and family.  Josh arrived around three hours before our event at 6:50 pm. We headed out for a fun warm up after the long 2 1/2 hour car ride.  It was terribly windy with gust reaching 35 mph.  More about the wind and racing between buildings / cross winds later. 


After our warmup, we found our third member Kevin Tufts.  I noticed that I had gotten a puncture in my rear tubular tire. I headed over to SRAM neutral support to get a support carbon wheel for the race. When the mechanic was mounting the wheel, he broke my derailleur hanger. With seven minutes until the start I jumped on Josh's bike, rushed to my car found my spare hanger, and managed to get it to the mechanic. In the meantime, they were calling us to the line. I was able to mount a neutral support bike.  It was huge and way too big for me but I was able to start the race. 4 laps in to the race I got word of my bike was ready. I pulled in to neutral support and swapped back to my bike.   I took my free lap (you get one per race for mechanical or crash related issues) and got back in the main group. Whew!!! What a stressful first 10 minutes of the race.


The course was awesome, fast, technical and windy.  With all these conditions it was bound for a break or a small selection. Josh, Kevin and I positioned for this outcome and were responding to moves and trying to follow the right wheels. Around 30 minutes in, two riders got a gap.  Josh and I had missed it. The two riders continued to expand their gap.  We could hardly see them after a few laps. I moved to the front and did quite a bit of work the next few laps with Bryan Larson trying to pull back the move. After no Luck, Josh attacked to try to bridge the move. I was deep in the red after my crazy start.  


After a lap of fighting,  the main group caught Josh.   Then, as expected, a counter attack of two went up the road.  We now had four riders up the road.   The next 40 minutes was pure hell for me.  I was in the red and the race was incredibly fast and hard.   I was very disappointed we missed the move.   I was not going to give up and continued to lead the field lap after lap.  With 15 minutes to go, the four man group lapped the filed.   At this point, things got crazy as the leaders were attacking each other. I knew I had to do whatever possible to keep the group together and deliver Josh for what we could salvage which was 5th overall.


I continued to work at the front with no help from other teams.  With two laps to go I was still working for Josh.  Josh’s legs were good and he was ready to sprint for 5th.   On the last lap I started to slip back and managed 12th place at the line. Josh won the field sprint for 5th and made it on the podium.


In conclusion, Josh, Kevin and I were so strong.   It was a shame that break got away, but we handled it well and managed a good result.


I can’t thank my family enough for being there to support me and my teammates!

Josh 5th at Tour De Nez

Timmy and family enjoying the Tour De Nez atmosphere

Josh in the front group

Day 2

Loyalton TT District State championships  

40K individual Time trial


Sunday was the NorCal/Nevada time trial championships.   Since I was in Reno and Loyalton was only 30 minutes away, why not give the TT race a go!  It was my first time doing a 40 kilometer time trial.  I figured no matter what it was great experience and good practice for future stage races. 


The course was windy and very flat.  The first 5 miles things were going great I was caching my 30 second man. We turned left and hit a straight headwind and my legs were not so happy.  That’s when things got real.


With 19 miles left to go, the legs were not having it. I kept my head down and kept pushing.  The overall winner caught and passed me.   It was a blow to my confidence but I knew I still had a shot at second or third.  At the half way turn around, I caught my 30 second rider and passed him.  I also noticed my minute rider was close on my heels. My thoughts were positive “hey third is still a possibility…. keep fighting”. So I kept on pushing, hitting the last straightaway hard as possible. My legs were not good but that didn’t matter.   TT’s are about giving it everything no matter the pain or conditions.  I reached the line with a 26.1 MPH average over the windy 40 kilometers course.  I gave it my best shot and learned from the race.  After waiting for results I ended up 4th.  It was a great experience and enjoyed sharing this experience with my entire family.  



Thanks for reading,   Timmy B.

Timmy digging deep!

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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