Oakland Grand Prix - NCNCA Crit Championships

Posted by on 9/28/2017

Oakland Grand Prix California Crit Championships

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61 Racers

Williams Racers: Bobby Terra and Timmy Bauer

 

Bobby & I met up in the town of Oakland California for the last event on the NCNCA calendar the Oakland grand prix. We were excited and motivated to finish Williams cycling great year off with a bang! Unfortunately, due to a sickness, the Tuft brothers had to pull out which was a bummer. In addition, Bobby had crashed the day prior doing some cyclocross season prep, but was still ready to go race hard. We took the last start line of the 2017 road season and set off to race against a stacked field of California's best racers.

 

Though the numbers were against us we did not disappoint. We rode smart and hard. A three man break escaped about mid-way into the race precisely when I hit a huge hole and thought I had possible punctured. I was a bit in shock that I was still on two wheels after a crazy ride through a huge set of holes on the course. Bobby moved up next to me and said hey “you ok man.”  I said “I think so”. After a few corners I was able to confirm my wheel was ok and no flat tire. The break was pretty established at that point Bobby gave a go at bridging but no luck. The three riders had escaped us and the rest of the field.

 

The pace stayed high through the rest of the race and it was very fun. The course is rough and has some very technical corners which suited both of us well and we were showing it by riding the front with ease throughout the race. With two to go I got stuck outside on the hair pin and lost my good positioning but I saw bobby wiz by on the inside. Coming to the last lap I was further back than I wanted I had to make up ground so I used my power, got out in the wind and moved up where ever I could. Coming to the last few corners Bobby was sitting in the top 4 and I was only a few spots behind him. The last stretch was an all-out sprint.  I still remember ripping the last corner so fast on the outside that I was unsure if I would stay upright. By the finish Line Bobby was 7th overall and 5th in the field sprint, and I managed 10th overall and 8th in the field sprint. Against this huge field it was a total success for both of us!

 

We had a blast and rode great and both of us finish in the top 10 Overall, and Bobby's 7th place landed him 2nd overall in the U23 State crit championship! It was a awesome day of racing thank you for reading and all your support throughout the year!

 

Thanks for reading!      

Timmy




Historic Downtown Jackson Criterium

Posted by on 9/12/2017
We have raced hard from January to September.  Those of us who still have the fitness to keep on racing, are racing.   Some have called it a season while others have moved on to winter training.   Not Bobby or Timmy!   They are still pounding the race circuit to the bitter end.   I say keep rocking it boys!


Below is Timmy's race report.   Pics attached



Jackson Downtown Crit

Pro 1/2

60 minutes 

Bobby Terra and Timmy Bauer

 

Wow its been a great season! I have learned so much, raced in some of the best races and against some of the nation’s best.

 

Jackson was another very cool course with a wall of a climb that was short but very steep. Then some very fun fast corners including a 180 degree hairpin which had a drop of around 11 feet of elevation in the middle of the corner. The course being 8 tenths of a mile long and made for some fast racing.   The best part was that the course was right downtown in Jackson, California.

 

Given the difficulty of the course, Bobby and I were unsure what to expect. We knew what guys to watch but with this being a new race course we were unsure who would shine. The race was very fast with attacks every lap on that darn wall. I very foolishly was following these attacks and bridged up to the eventual winner of the day and we were off the front for 2 laps until the pack reeled us back in.  I kept riding super hard.   I just got in this mode of “if I ride hard enough then everyone else will suffer and we will win”. That’s not how it played out! The first 30 minutes were crazy hard and I was riding way to aggressively. I went from feeling like King Kong for the first 30 minutes into the race to a turtle trying to catch a hair in the matter a few minutes. I started to slip off the back around 35 minutes into the race but used my descending to stay on for a few more laps. Bobby was still very fresh and probably scratching his head from my strange race tactics, and asked “hey you ok man?” I replied “not really but it’s ok”. I continued, but not for much longer.   Eventually, what was left of the field pulled away from me.    I finished the race off the back and solo.  I never gave up and finished as strong as I could

 

Bobby stayed with the main group and went for his signature massive attack from the field trying to cross the gap to 4 riders up the road.   He didn’t quite cross the gap to the front group and was swallowed up by the field with a couple laps to go.   Bobby finished the day in 12th and I brought home a 17th but we both had smiles on our faces.

 

 

 

Ever since getting sick and losing fitness a couple weeks back, combined with Josh’s crash, I have been putting too much pressure on myself. It’s like I’ve been telling myself “hey, Josh isn't here you got to get a result for the team”. With this high pressure attitude, I got away from my style of racing and tried to use brute strength to beat down other riders.   Lesson learned. 

 

Wow, looking back at where I started this season and where I am now, I can say it has been a great year.   The one thing you can’t cheat is time.  It takes time and many hours in the saddle to improve.  An athlete’s body needs to adapt to intense efforts.   It takes years to maximize one’s talent.   No matter how bad I want it now, I know that my body will continue to develop and I will get stronger.  

 

One of the best quotes I have heard regarding rider development was from Jonathan Vaughters,   He said “An athlete is like a house with no windows or doors.   You can’t see inside to view their genetic makeup and desire to be the best”  

 

I hope to maximize my genetic ability.  The heart and desire are already there.  

 

Thanks for reading and all your support this season!

 

Timmy Bauer 



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