Let's go BIG TIME! Boise Twilight Criterium. This race is a national classic and part of the USA Pro Racing Calendar. Over 20,000 fans come out to watch the event in downtown Boise. $15,000 purse on the line and multiple pro teams show up to take their share of the winnings.. There are two major races. Race one is a Cat 1/2 event and race 2 is a Pro/1 event. Timmy Bauer raced the Cat 1/2. Bob Terra and Josh Carling raced the Pro/1 event.
- Cat 1/2 Race. As of now, I don't have the details other the TIMMY WON THE RACE. From what I understand, Timmy out sprinted three other riders at the line to pull off the victory. By far the biggest win of young Timmy's career. Check out the podium and interview pics attached. It was a great day for Timmy, his family and the race team.
- Pro 1 Race. Despite racing
against full time professional bike racers, Josh was going for a podium
finish and Bob as looking to get in a dangerous break and take home
some primes. Mind you, we are a tiny amateur team made up of 6 riders
from California throwing elbows with some of the best criterium racers
in the world.
- Once again, I don't have all the
details. Here is what I know. Bob and Josh were in perfect position
with 9 laps to go. A crash happened and Josh was involved. Bob just
missed it and kept on going. All the riders caught up in the crash were
given a free lap and pushed back in by the referees with 8 laps to go.
Guess what, at 8 laps to go there are no more free laps. Josh and
Bobby worked their way up to the front with one to go. Both riders
were flying. Into the final turn, Josh was banging bars at the tip of
the race arrow. Josh came across in 8th
followed by Bob farther back. WOW, an incredible result for the
team. But wait, the story is not over. The referees, huddled
together and decided that since the crash was at lap 9 and the impacted
riders were pushed in on the 8th lap, technically, they were not
supposed to get a free lap and would be relegated a lap down. This
decision impacted Josh and a couple of high profile professional
athletes. As you can imagine, chaos ensued and protests were flying.
Since we were the small fish on the block, we sat back and let the
judges duke it out with the big pro teams. In the end, the relegation
stood and Josh was placed farther back. Bob was moved up to 11th which
is a wonderful performance by a 20 year old kid. Despite being
relegated down a lap (this one will smart for awhile) the team rode an