Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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Empower Coaching Systems blossoming in autumn
The cycling coaching service adds DeMarchi to the staff; clients won three titles and a heap of U.S. Elite National Track Cycling Championship medals;
Sparks appears on Gatorade’s web series; and Empower becomes a presenting sponsor of a new women’s pro cycling team
While many cyclists slow down during the off-season months, Empower Coaching Systems is blossoming full-speed this fall with a flurry of developments. The nascent cycling coaching service led by Dotsie Bausch and Andy Sparks has added Chris DeMarchi to the coaching staff. Empower athletes won three National Championships and made nine podium appearances at the U.S. Elite National Track Cycling Championships. Sparks was drafted to be a coach on Gatorade’s web series, The Quest For G: The Series. Empower will be the presenting sponsor of a newly formed In Cycle/Time to Track women’s professional cycling team for which Bausch will race in 2010.
Three-time National Road Champion and four-time California State Road Champion DeMarchi has been named coach at Empower by Bausch and Sparks. He has raced for the past 17 years and has a well-rounded background participating in both cycling and triathlon. A graduate of Cal Poly Pomona where he founded the first mountain bike racing team for the university in 1992 and served as president of the road racing team, DeMarchi brings his expertise, passion, dedication and winning drive to Empower where he can harness his experience from racing and apply it directly to coaching to motivate athletes to realize their true potential. As an Empower client during the 2009 season, he rode to his best season yet. His faith in Empower’s methodology fueled his desire to join the coaching staff.
Bausch said, "We are delighted to add Chris to our roster of coaches. He is a one-of-a-kind guy, and everyone who meets him is inspired by the infectious spirit he has for sport and his infrangible mental ability."
“It’s a thrill to coach athletes under a program that truly believes in developing their athletes and helping them reach the next level. The Empower coaches have decades of racing and training experience, which is something that can’t be learned in a classroom,” said DeMarchi. “Empower provides a ‘wrap around approach,” meaning every one of our athletes has the opportunity to develop under multiple coaches, which is unique. I’m excited about working closely and sharing knowledge with Dotsie and Andy as a member of the Empower coaching staff.”
At the U.S. Elite National Track Cycling Championships held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California (September 30-October 4), Empower athletes shined, but none brighter than two-time World Champion and Olympian Sarah Hammer, who won National Championships in the Individual Pursuit, the Points Race, and the Team Pursuit, the latter of which she teamed with Bausch. Hammer’s 3-kilometer pursuit time was a track record and the fastest ever ridden by a female on U.S. soil. Along with her gold medal in the Team Pursuit, Bausch also picked up a silver medal in the Individual Pursuit. Newcomer Jake Duehring scored silver in the International Omnium in his very first elite track cycling meet to go along with a 4th place finish in the Scratch Race. Junior rider Shelby Reynolds aced a pair of 4th place finishes in the Women’s Scratch Race and the Keirin, which earned her the distinction of being the top Junior rider at the Elite National Championships.
"The U.S. Elite National Track Cycling Championships is the premier track race in the country and we’re ecstatic to see Empower athletes achieve nine podium appearances. A great showing at Track Nationals is the high point of any rider’s season. Our athletes not only achieved their respective goals, they demolished them,” enthused Sparks.
Sparks was tapped to be a coach on Gatorade’s online reality show, The Quest For G: The Series, which can be viewed on the Mission G website (www.missiong.com). Eight athletes from various sporting disciplines were selected based upon their potential to live in a house and train with the best coaches in their respective sports in their quest to one day become champions and Olympians. Sparks is coaching New York City bike messenger-turned track cyclist Alex Farioletti.
"We’re not only excited for Empower to be a component in this world-class The Quest for G project, but we’re also pleased to add Gatorade to the list of world-leading organizations that rely upon Empower Coaching Systems to achieve their cycling goals," stated Sparks.
A team created by women, for women based in Southern California, the In Cycle/Time To Track presented by Empower Coaching Systems squad will compete nationally. The program will focus on personal development, tactical and technical aspects of bike racing and mentorship by creating a nurturing environment for the athletes. Bausch, who enjoyed racing this past season as a mentor on the New Zealand-based Jazz Apple pro unit, is jazzed about serving as a leader on the new team.
“Empower Coaching Systems is proud to help build a premiere women's racing program that will be something quite special. Our vision is to create a ground-breaking approach in the development of elite women cyclists. Our veteran riders have over 25 years of combined professional racing experience and have earned seven national titles and a gold and bronze medal at the Pan American Championships. We know what it takes to get to the top while having fun, giving back to others, and encouraging people to become their best,” concluded Bausch.
About Empower Coaching Systems:
Launched last March in a partnership between Bausch and Sparks, Empower Coaching Systems creates customized training programs for cyclists of all abilities – from professionals, Olympians, World Champions and National Champions to amateur racers, weekend warriors and newbies. Each athlete coached by Empower has access to all the coaches on staff, not just one, which provides a unique fusion of guidance specifically tailored to the individual rooted in fostering the development of mind and body symmetry that can be applied both on and off the bike. Empower strives to provide the highest quality of service no matter what level the athlete rides in the belief that everyone should have access to Olympic-level coaching to aid in reaching their full potential. Driven to watch their clients achieve their goals, Empower aims to establish the premiere standard of coaching services in the cycling industry. In addition to the innovative physical training regimen they will design as part of each client’s Victory Plan, their methodology includes focusing on sports psychology and meditation.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Join one of America's top professional cyclists, Dotsie Bausch, and the staff of Revolution Coaching for an unforgettable week of training in the beautiful Santa Barbara Wine Country. Whether you are a recreational rider, new to racing, or a seasoned veteran, this camp will take you further than you dreamed possible.
We focus on the unique aspects of cycling and training from the female perspective. Our small staff to camper ratio ensures you will receive INDIVIDUALIZED instruction while gaining skill and confidence in group riding dynamics. The coaching staff of Dostie Bausch, Jill Gass, Lisa Tonello, and Sonia Ross has 70+ combined years of riding and racing experience they can't wait to share with you. Read more about the coaches
Our daily training rides will focus on group and individual riding skills, climbing/descending, time trialing, and sprinting. All rides are fully supported. Daily lectures topics will include information on the latest training techniques, nutrition, mental toughness, strength and flexibility training, injury prevention, and bike mechanic basics.........all tailored to the female aspect of the sport.
Plan to check-in November 1, 2:00 for orientation, bike checks, meet and greet dinner, and wine tasting. Checkout is November 7 12:00, when we end with a group hug, and you depart a new and improved athlete, ready to tackle any challenge.
OUR ALL INCLUSIVE, FULL SUPPORTED PACKAGE:
* Epic 3-5 hour fully supported training rides
* Hands on instruction in group riding, race tactics and more!
* Expert guest speakers covering a variety of cycling topics
* Six nights lodging at the historic Skyview Inn in Los Alamos
* All meals, including dinners at some of the areas premier restaurants
* One hour massage (Additional massages available at extra charge).
* Full mechanical support
* Five Star Sovigneur ride support (Our Mary will spoil you for life!)
* Kalyra Winery tour
* More FUN than you’ve had on your bike in a long time—maybe ever!
C O S T
$2,295.00 double occupancy
--5% discount to ALL Camp Alumni, and anyone that brings a
friend or teammate to camp with them!
--Full payment due thirty days before start of camp
Limited to 12 participants. Coaching staff ratio 1 to 2-3 riders.
R E S E R V E Y O U R S P A C E T O D A Y!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Racing in Belgium is one of Scott's goals, but Scott did not let this derail his focus and desire to be a great bike racer. He came home and used that disappointment to train even harder and race even smarter, and in his next 2 races made it on the podium in both! The way he took the bull by the horns and came out with two great results immediately after that disappointment is what champions are made of! Scott was resilient and resiliency is a big key to continuing success in life and in cycling at a competitive level. Scott has a very bright future in bike racing. Don't be surprised if you see him in the green jersey in the Tour de France in 8 or 9 years!
ECS: What motivates you to train so hard and stay so focused on a daily basis when no one is watching?
SS: Knowing that all of the hard work I put into my training schedule will pay off by getting great results.
ECS: What do you like best about your Empower Coaching Systems Coach?
SS: Dotsie is not only someone who just gives you a training plan and that's it, she also educates all of her clients on traveling tips, correct nutrition, recovery, tactics, and one of the most important parts of being an excellent cyclist is the mental aspect of training and racing.
ECS: What prank would you play on your coach if you could do anything you wanted?
SS: Before a ride when my coach is not looking I would take the tube out of the tire and put the tire back making it impossible to ride on.
ECS: When you get your monthly Empower coaching Schedule, what do you look forward to seeing on it the most and what do you look forward to the least?
SS: The thing I look forward to the most on my monthly schedule is to see how I will be ramping my training up for a specific race and seeing those long hard group rides throughout the month. There is nothing I dislike about my training schedule because I know everything that is on there will make me a stronger rider.
ECS:: Any advice you have for a new rider beginning with Empower Coaching Systems?
SS: Listen to your coach no matter what they say, stick to your schedule, and always be in communication with your coach.
ECS: What are your goals for 2009 and in 2010?
SS:My goals for the rest of the season are podium at states road race and podium at states time trial. For 2010 my goals are the US National Team, top 10 at Red River Gorge stage race, and top 10 at Soto classic.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Jazz Apples Dotsie Bausch took the final stage of the Tour de Whiterock in an emphatic solo victory today while Duvnjak won the kick to secure the top two spots in stage and the overall. Half way through, Bausch confided in Pryde that she felt that she was floating on her pedals and was at the ready for a launch for a team mate. While Basuch swept all the QOM points, Pryde then launched Bausch with two laps remaining who went to a sole victory. Olympian and Webcor rider, Erinne Willock initiated a furious chase and onslaught of attacks but Duvnjak checked her every move. In the final advance for the line, Duvnjak stormed up the finish hill ahead of the six remaining chasers to steal second prize. Her second place determined Marina as the clear winner of the overall Tour, and a stand out perfomer in the BC Superweek Series.
On stage, Duvnjak took a moment to humbly complement the competition and praise the swelling crowds for their incredible support throughout the racing in true professional style.
New Zealand’s Jazz Apple dominate Tour de White Rock Road Race (taken from www.canadiancyclist.com)
The women’s race, which consisted of eight laps around the larger – but no less grueling – 10.1 kilometer circuit.
After staying together most of the race, Jazz Apple’s Dotsie Bausch, a two-time US National champion who won the Hillclimb Friday, broke away in the third-to-last lap, and quickly opened up a 30-second gap.
Bausch finished in two hours, 33 minutes and 13.30 seconds, almost two minutes ahead of teammate Marina Duvnjka, who won a sprint for second just ahead of Amy Herlinveaux of the local Trek Red Truck Racing team.
Knowing Duvnjak was behind her – not to mention several others from a dominant Jazz Apple squad – made it easier for Bausch to attack early, especially with Duvnjak marking Canadian Olympian Erinne Willock.
“I have 100 per cent trust in those girls and Marina’s whole job was to sit right on Erinne, which is a compliment to Erinne because no doubt that she was the one we needed to watch her to win the bike race,” said Bausch, who marked Willock as Duvnjak won Saturday’s criterium.
“If I was by myself at this race I wouldn’t feel confident in going 100 per cent at that point because if you get caught you have no more bullets.”
As a team, the New Zealand based Jazz Apple had plenty left in the gun.
Duvnjak, who was also second to Bausch in the Hillclimb Friday, won the Tour de White Rock Omnium, or overall, title. Bausch was second.
“We just felt really good today and wanted to try and get first and second in the overall so we just went for it, and we were just feeding off each other so well,” said Bausch, who at 36 showed she can be more than just a mentor to the young development squad. “I was confident in them, so if I blew up I knew Marina was right on Erinne and then she would go.”
For Willock, who didn’t have any teammates from her Webcor Builders Pro team on hand, it was frustrating being a target. But the Olympian also knows it’s good for cycling in BC and Canada to have Jazz Apple here.
“They’re marking me and it’s a compliment, that’s bike racing,” Willock said. “It’s awesome to have a big team here. They race pro and other riders learn the race tactics and learn the race etiquette and they say ‘OK, I have to go home and do a lot of training because that was hard.”
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Louisville native Dotsie Bausch a winner in the human race
BY C. RAY HALL •COURIER-JOURNAL • JULY 3, 2009
Dotsie Bausch left Louisville for college nearly 20 years ago. She came back this week to compete — triumphantly — in the sport that helped save her life.
Bausch won both her races in the USA Cycling Road Masters National Championships. When she crossed the finish line of Thursday's 25-mile race in the Churchill Downs infield, Bausch pumped her fist with more gusto than usual.
"Redemption," she said of fighting through an occasionally frustrating race. But she could have been talking about her life, which is truly a redemption story.
Before Bausch took up cycling 11 years ago at age 25, the only race she was winning was the one to the grave.
She joined the Villanova University rowing team as a sophomore but tired of the 4:30a.m. wakeup calls and gave up the sport the next year. She kept eating like an athlete, though, and her weight ballooned. So she cut back on food severely, triggering a long struggle with eating disorders.
There was an upside to being thin: She worked as a model in Philadelphia and New York for three years. The downside of this glitzy life was the easy availability of recreational drugs, including cocaine.
Between the eating disorders and the drugs, she said, "It was a big old mess."
She was so deep inside the mess that she couldn't see out. Her parents, Margie and Paul Cowden, saw and tried to help. They eventually got her into an outpatient program for the eating disorders.
Regarding the drug use, she recalled: "I kicked that myself."
Regarding her parents' unwavering effort to help her save herself, she said: "I felt ‚Ä¶ not deserving. I think that you subconsciously try to push them away, because you don't want them to hurt any more. And I figured that I was not going to make it. ‚Ä¶ I would eventually die."
Before she could die, she realized this: "The most selfish thing in the world would be to not make it, because of my parents and what they've done."
Over five years, she was treated by four doctors. Despite her difficulties, she functioned well enough to move to Los Angeles and work in television news.
In California, where everything is supposed to start, something ended: Dotsie's fight against food.
"My therapist (Dr.KRS Edstrom) saved my life," Bausch said. "She was really intense. She used a certain type of meditation therapy. I did the work, but she led me there."
Incidentally — or perhaps not — Bausch took up bicycling as she got healthier.
"I decided to just to try cycling as kind of an outlet for part of my healing," she recalled.
Friends invited her to train for an AIDS benefit ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. She eventually became a star in her sport, winning a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Championships.
She has acknowledged she may have traded one addiction for another, cycling.
"I've learned that I have an addictive personality, and I accept myself as I am," she once said. "I have picked a healthy addiction"
She doesn't speak of her former self as a stranger or an enemy.
"That person," she said, "definitely defines a lot of who I am now, taking life one day at a time, enjoying life so much deeper because I know how fragile it is.
"It wasn't too far from near-death. I was really, really sick. And if I had continued on that path, I wouldn't be here anymore."
That young woman who courted death does sound long-ago-and-far-away when her mother speaks.
"I think of Dotsie as full of life," Margie said. "She makes you laugh and glad to be alive."
C. Ray Hall can be reached at (502) 582-4662.
DOROTHY "DOTSIE" BAUSCH ON THE WEB
Lives: Irvine, Calif.
Education: Ballard High School, Villanova University (communications, philosophy).
Family: Husband, Kirk, also a top-level Masters series racer; parents, Paul and Margie Cowden; sister, Megan Dietzel, president of Dotsie's Internet business, Hibiscus-Sunglasses.com.
Jobs: Coaches 18 cyclists-www.empowercoachingsystems.com; advises New Zealand's professional development cycling team.
High-profile cause: Speaking to audiences around the world about eating disorders, which threatened Bausch's life when she was in her 20s.
In former lives: Rode show horses in Kentucky; modeled in Philadelphia and New York; worked in television in Philadelphia and Los Angeles; produced commercials and music videos.
On the seeming incompatibility of two of her past lives
Philosophy student: "I liked learning to think in a different way.".
Model: "Still, to this day, I really like high design, high fashion, and can really appreciate the artistry to create something that nobody's created before. The designers are artists. (Modeling) didn't seem strange to me. I loved it. I still love the industry and follow it.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Kirk Bausch and his 3 companions, raced their way over 3 mountain passes, through freezing rain and altitudes close to 10,000 feet to compete in the LP200 from Boise to Sun Valley, Idaho last weekend. Their relay team which was comprised of 2 groups of 2 guys, raged through the course in 8 hours and change. Kirk says he needs a few days of recovery worked into his calendar after this epic adventure! This picture is Kirk waiting for his partner to transition.
Monday, June 1, 2009
The Tulsa Tough is just the next challenge for the former model.
Dotsie Bausch got into cycling while working in TV in California.
By JOHN D. FERGUSON World Sports Writer, Tulsa World
Dotsie Bausch has found peace, focus and control in the sport of cycling. The former model spent seven years living a bit out of control fighting eating disorders along with a drug addiction.
However, a move to California in the mid-1990s and a change of careers were a perfect tonic. Bausch also discovered the world of bicycle racing. The healing began in earnest.
Bausch will be part of the Jazz Apple team racing in the fourth Tulsa Tough set for three days beginning Friday night in the Blue Dome District. Saturday's daytime races feature the Brady District and Sunday's finale is set along Riverside Drive and Galveston Street.
Bausch is the first to take responsibility for her life.
She knows her eating disorders began while an undergraduate at Villanova.
Estimates say 5-7 percent of American women suffer from one of the two starving or binge eating disorders at some time during their lives, according to the Medical News Today.
Bausch knows the guilt that comes with those disorders.
But, she is more than healed.
She gives speeches to women on getting help.
"I am super open with it when I speak," Bausch said by telephone from her California home, where Jazz Apple's team spends part of the year before returning to New Zealand. "I am completely recovered and have been for quite a while. There are reasons behind everything. I try to help others navigate through the pain and disease.
"There's lots of shame (connected with the disease). I try to be open and free about it."
Bausch spent 1993-99 suffering while trying to finish school and work.
"Everything changed when I knew I could be totally honest (about the disease)," Bausch said. "Some people go through this for 20 years. It was really bad in the middle for me and working full time as a model in New York. I don't blame the industry. It was all me."
Modeling opened many doors that allowed Bausch to travel and meet great people. But, a drug addiction was part of her daily life, too.
"It was all-consuming," said Bausch. "It's terrible for your system, but I was still functioning."
Things started to turn around when Bausch decided to change careers.
The move to California for the Louisville, Ky., native was another positive step.
She got help and discovered cycling in an unusual way.
Bausch moved to California to be a television production artist.
Her first job was on the set of the pilot for "Dharma & Greg."
When the work was done, items from the set were up for grabs such as old chairs and a mountain bike.
Bausch took the bike.
She wanted to ride and saw flyers for a 600-mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angles to benefit AIDS research
Luckily, she changed the knobby tires on the mountain bike before the ride.
Bausch decided she wanted the sleek road bike.
She got a racing license and suddenly took on road racing.
Bausch is considered one of the best climbers and time trial riders in the women's peloton.
She has an impressive list of podium appearances under her belt, capped off by a bronze medal in the time trial at the 2007 Pan American Championships.
She was a member of the U.S. National Team and won two national titles on the velodrome.
Bausch admits she got into riding late at the age of 26. She helps the younger Jazz Apple members as co-captain, setting the example and helping. She credits Jazz Apple team leaders Susy and Chris Pryde for much inspiration.
"Dotsie has a remarkable outlook on things and despite her busy life, she is naturally a nurturing and very open person who makes time for everyone," said Susy Pryde. "Her self-awareness and honesty also make that experience a genuine one."
Bausch's Web site (tulsaworld.com/empower) is dedicated to building better riders. She summed up eating disorders.
"Bulimia and anorexia still remain somewhat taboo (subjects). It doesn't make sense to people. People understand overeating, but it goes the other way, too. Restraining from eating."
The day Bausch was interviewed, she received an e-mail from a Canadian woman who had been battling eating disorders. Bausch knew the woman and how she almost died.
"This was her five-year anniversary," said Bausch, who will sign autographs with her Jazz Apple teammates at Tulsa's Whole Foods Market at 3:45 p.m. Sunday. "And she is completely healed. Even if she was the only one that I've helped that would be enough. It was so cool for that e-mail to come through today. That was worth it."
Friday, May 22, 2009
Someone once said that if you want to take the fun out of riding a bicycle, take up racing. Unfortunately this is true for many cyclists who race, they have lost the simple joy of riding a bike. I know this first hand because before Dotsie started coaching me, I dreaded every race. But now this has changed and here is how that happened.
There is a pressure to do well anytime you race. Whether it is peer pressure or pressure you put on yourself to do well, there is always pressure to get a good result. Well, the first thing a racer has to realize is that one is going to lose more races than one wins. So knowing this, if the racer is result oriented, then most of the time, he is going to be disappointed. That is not to say you shouldn’t want to win and try as hard as possible to win, but you have to enjoy the experience of the race just for the sake of racing.
My new attitude for race day is oh boy, I get to put on my best kit and ride my clean bike with my race wheels. I feel good, the bike is ready to go fast and best of all, I just have to race, not train. This is why I train, this is why I do the ride until you puke intervals, it is for the joy of going really fast with all the best stuff on race day. And then, as long as I know that I have done everything I could possibly do to win the race, I know I will have had a good ride regardless of the result. Winning is best and there is no feeling like winning a race, but if I do not win, although disappointed, I won’t let it ruin the day or leave the course in a negative mood. There is no reason to race if, at the end of the day it doesn’t bring you a feeling of accomplishment and joy.
One last thought, if you do the work, if you get the recommended recovery, and if you have thoroughly prepared mentally, racing should bring you joy because you are competing in a truly great and unique sport. Try and remember how excited you were as a kid when you got a new bike. Take that feeling with you when you race because this is the ultimate way to ride a bike.
Empower Coaching Client
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Super Empower Athlete, Chris DeMarchi, has been wreaking havoc on both the Pro 1-2 field and 35+ field this spring season. With a long list of wins over domestic pros, Chris earns the top honors of the Empower Coaching Systems Athlete of the Month for May. Congrats Chris!
We had a chance to ask our in-house powerhouse a couple of questions.
1. What motivates you to train so hard and stay so focused on a daily basis
when no one is watching?
[Chris DeMarchi] The objective to succeed and win is a huge driving force in
my life. If it seems impossible then I set personal goals and create this
desire within to make it possible. On the long lonely rides I do a lot of
visualization of winning the upcoming race.
2. What do you like best about your Empower Coaching Systems Coach?
[Chris DeMarchi] The knowledge Dotsie has on and off the bike. Her
understanding of what it takes to be successful runs way deeper than just
intervals on the bike. Her systems offers a 24/7 training program that
includes diet, nutrition, recovery, and positive thinking.
3. What prank would you play on your coach if you could do anything you
[Chris DeMarchi] I think I would have to let just enough air out of both of
her tires (80 PSI) so she would not notice, but just think her legs are
feeling kind of heavy, then take her on a 100 mile ride with 10,000 ft of
climbing. Then when she bonks at the 85 mile mark, I would push her home
the rest of the way just to rub it in.
4. When you get your monthly Empower Coaching Schedule, what do you look
forward to seeing on it the most and what do you look forward to the least?
[Chris DeMarchi] Every email I get from my coach is always a positive read,
I look forward to always getting information. I really look forward to the
nutrition and recovery techniques. I have to say that there is nothing I do
not look forward to. All the information I get is always positive and
progresses me forward in my training.
5. Any advice for a new rider beginning with Empower Coaching Systems?
[Chris DeMarchi] Listen, be patient, do not overdue it, pay close attention
to what your body is saying back to you. Truly believe in the system and in
everything your coach gives you. This is the real deal and when the rider
puts in as much effort as the coach does only positive things can come out
of the program.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Come join us for a spectacular stage race event in Southern California the weekend of May 15-17. SIX Empower athletes will be competing for the top spots in 4 different categories!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Kristina Seley of Touchstone Climbing got 4th place in the Women's Pro 1,2 race at Copperopolis Road Race in Northern California this past weekend. She has her suffer face on, as you can see. Her team mate was up in the break-away and got 2nd. Next up for Kristina, who has been with Empower Coaching for 4 years, is Sea Otter Circuit race this coming weekend. Best of luck, Kristina!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Empower Coaching's Scott Stern WINS the Fiesta Island Time Trial in San Diego in the Junior Men 15/16 Category! This is Scott's first TT win of his career. He is known for his quick and snappy kick at the end of a race, but now he is turning the TT gears over with the same speed. Scott has also been invited to attend USA Cycling's talent ID camp coming up this June. The future looks very bright for this young and dedicated star!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Empower Coaching's Sonia Ross, the current Masters National Road Champion, and her Kalyra teammates, smoked the 15.7 mile northern California Altamont Team Time Trail yesterday winning by a large margin over second place. Congrats Sonia and the gang!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Empower Athlete, Jimmy Watkins, won the Southern Games International Sprint Tournament last weekend. This is Jimmy's first big win of the year and sets him on target for a stellar 2009 season. Great job Jimmy!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Bausch & Sparks unite to Empower cyclists
Veteran coaches join forces to provide Olympic-level coaching for athletes of all
abilities uniquely utilizing a methodology that stresses mind & body balance
They’ve raced at the highest level and coached athletes who have competed at the highest level. Now Dotsie Bausch and Andy Sparks have united to form Empower Coaching Systems (www.empowercoachingsystems.com) that will create customized training programs for cyclists of all abilities – from professionals, Olympians, World Champions and National Champions to amateur racers, weekend warriors and newbies. Together the dynamic duo will coach each athlete providing a unique, dualistic fusion of guidance specifically tailored to the individual that will be rooted in fostering the development of mind and body symmetry that can be applied both on the bike and beyond.
Empower Coaching Systems, whose client list includes two-time World Champion and Olympian Sarah Hammer, World Champion and two-time Olympian Jennie Reed and National Champions Jimmy Watkins, Chris DeMarchi and Sonia Ross, will strive to provide the highest quality of service no matter what level the athlete rides in the belief that everyone should have access to Olympic-level coaching to aid in reaching their full potential. Driven to watch their clients achieve their goals, ECS aims to establish the premiere standard of coaching services in the cycling industry. In addition to the innovative physical training regimen they will design as part of each client’s Victory Plan, their methodology includes focusing on sports psychology and meditation. Three levels of Victory Plans – Victory Fitness, Victory Performer and Victory Racer - are available based upon the commitment, goals and budget of the cyclist. Every coaching package provides unlimited access to the coaches via phone and/or email. Although Bausch and Sparks are based in Southern California, they will coach cyclists from all over the globe as they have done successfully in their individual coaching businesses prior to forming their partnership.
Twice named USA Cycling’s Coach of the Year and the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track Cycling coach, Sparks said, “The Empower Coaching Systems training methodologies, which emphasize both mental and physical performance, have achieved three World Championships titles in the past three years. As a coach who has developed riders at all levels, I believe that for athletes to fully maximize their ability, they should have Olympic-level coaching and an Olympic-level performance team. That is what we provide at Empower Coaching Systems. We deliver the same level of technology and research, and the same knowledge, intensity and focus that the top privileged athletes in the world receive. In addition, our methodologies have proven to have an enormous impact on the lives of our clients beyond their bicycles. We feel that achieving our clients’ goals begins with building winning attitudes that carry over to all aspects of our athletes’ lives.” Cyclists under Sparks’ guidance have won 15 World Cup medals and a trophy case full of National Championships.
A former National Champion and a Pan Am Championships gold medal winner, Bausch is in her eighth year of racing professionally and has been coaching for five years. She was a member of the U.S. National Team and has competed in the biggest races around the world for professional teams including T-Mobile, Colavita-Sutter Home and Jazz Apple, her present squad. “While our hope is to grow Empower Coaching Systems into a large on-line training facility with multiple coaches offering an array of ideas, innovative thinking and brazenly developed training programs, our coaches will always be committed to providing first-class service of unrivaled quality that will cater to dynamic and diverse individuals who demand the best from their coaches,” declared Bausch. “Andy and I possess a deep love of personal coaching and have experienced great successes with our athletes. We are excited to bring together our shared beliefs and values and approach the athlete/coach dynamic differently than anyone has before. Our approach is cutting-edge and we firmly believe in its genesis and its mission.”
Bausch also hopes that the Empower Coaching Systems’ website will blossom into an “Empower Culture” destination. “I want the site to be a place that people visit regularly and utilize as a helpful and informative resource. We’ll be posting new tips frequently in the Recovery section. Each month, the coaches will select an ‘Athlete of the Month.’ In our blog, we’ll post photos, news and the latest findings from our cutting-edge research. We’d love for the site to be like a coaching café with an abundance of information to help guide and inspire our athletes.”
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Chris Demarchi's dream of winning a major stage race this year came true as he took the overall win along with a SWEEP of all 3 jerseys, the polka dot, green sprinters and the YELLOW! Congratulations to Chris. All of your dedication and hard work has paid off! Also, Congrats to Team Amgen-Giant, for they displayed exemplary team work to take Chris to the line every time. Read Chris' race report below:
San Dimas Stage Race, where only the best come out to play and you can expect fearless competition at all levels.
Day one: The hill climb
The day starts with me finding out the Thurlow is under the weather and Gus was a DNF for the start due to his crash in Murrieta. I was thinking to myself, I am totally prepared to work my butt off for these guys this weekend, but now I am going to have to go after it and put in a special ride to put the Amgen / Giant team name somewhere in the top 10 leader board.
I did my fastest ride ever 15:06. 1 minute down on Tony from rock that has beat my twice this year in hilly road races. This put me in 5th place going into the road race.
Day two: The Road Race
This day started with Thurlow laying out a game plan to attack, attack, attack the yellow jersey and where him down, then have me sit in and grab as much time as I could. My TEAMMATES ARE AWESOME!!! One after another they attacked and attacked hard. There goes Thurlow, now Kirk, now Gil, now Anthony, now Thurlow again and so on. Bruce was protecting his spot and I was watching The yellow jersey dismantle before my eyes. From Lap one I hit everyone’s legs up the big climb of the day. I was well rested because my TEAMMATES ARE AWESOME, so I would punch it up and over the hill to hurt the group. Before I knew it, I was grabbing the KOM points. Then Thurlow goes again and makes the Yellow chase. As we are coming up on the time bonus, Thurlow clearly could of got the 10 seconds, but NO. He starts coasting because he saw me barreling down to grab the precious 10 seconds. The man trusted me enough to get those points. (Thank you). This went on till 2 π laps to go. At that point, I looked at the yellow jersey and he was clearly suffering. It was time to GO!! With another huge effort we had a minute gap on the yellow and a pretty organized group. That was all she wrote. Gil was with me and Gave me every bit he had left to drive the break. I made a deal with Paolanetti to start helping to drive the break and I would give him the win. (again Thurlow’s idea before the race)(that man has some serious skill to pre read a race) Jaime got the win and I rolled in right behind him 3 minutes ahead of the yellow. The plan worked perfect because of MY AWESOME TEAMMATES.
I was now in yellow, green, and pokidots. Totally amazing!!
Day Three: The Crit
Today was the day for me to rely on my team again. They kept everything under control and kept the tempo just right. I got second in the first time bonus, but Jaime got first, this put him down 7 seconds to me. This is where I did not panic, but told myself that my team has done everything they can to put me in the winner’s circle, Now it was my time to make it all right. I was probably talking out load to myself at this point, telling myself that I will win this Criterium, that I am going to be in my 53/11 when I take the final turn, and not touch my breaks. The only thing I was going to do was lay down the wattage until I hit that Line. I got the win and within seconds had a slew of emotion run through my body. (every one of you know what I was feeling) my dream, my goal came true!!
As a team we got the win
We got the leaders jersey
We go the sprinters Jersey
We got the pokidots Jersey
We got the total respect of the field.
Awesome job to all of my Teammates and A big thank you to all my teammates who stayed to support and congratulate us when we crossed the line. My team Rocks!!!!!!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
In a large women’s field that included several top riders, Sarah notched another “W” by wrapping up the overall win at the Tour de Murrieta. The Tour de Murrieta victory gives Sarah her fifth win since her comeback from an injury plagued Olympic year where she finished 5th at the Beijing Olympic Games.
Next up on her racing schedule will be the big-money Long Beach criterium on April 4th as well as the NRC Dana Point criterium on April 26th. After these races Sarah will be transitioning to her first major competition of the year, the Pan-American Championships, in May.
Wish her luck as she heads towards future podiums!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
RadSprint: 2008 was your best year ever. Congratulations! After Beijing the world didn't hear much from you and now we learned that you have decided to retire. What was behind this decision?
Jennie: First of all, Thanks! 2008 was by far one my most accomplished years and also the most enjoyable. Funny this is, I was about to retire at the end of 2007, when Andy Sparks and Sarah Hammer motivated me to attend a women's team pursuit camp. I had so much fun doing something different and it turned in to working with Andy. It really just all fell in to place last year with Howard Marans sponsoring Momentum Cycling and having the right set up for training. I was enjoying myself more than ever racing, but I just had the feeling inside that when the year was over, I would be done. I always wondered if I would get that gut feeling about when to retire, and I did, and listened to it. I felt like I had experienced everything that I wanted to in sport and I was no longer inspired to do it again. I really was ready for new experiences in life. It was a great way to end on such an incredible year though.
RadSprint: Let's talk some more about 2008. Tell us about the World Championships and how you achieved your biggest success. You had already great form in January and February - winning silver medals at the world cups in Los Angeles in Copenhagen. How did you manage to get in even better shape for worlds?
Jennie: You know I had a lot of people around me that were tremendously supportive and believed in what I could achieve. In fact, I get emotional thinking about it because remembering back to some training sessions, my coach Andy Sparks and his fiancé Sarah Hammer would start talking about how I was just going to smash everyone and Win Worlds!
RadSprint: Next stop were the Olympic Games. Unfortunately the "mask incident" created the most press for the US track cycling team. Eventually USOC chief of sport performance Steve Roush lost his job over the affair. Now more than half a year later, how do you reflect on the whole story?
Jennie: I still see it as just a "crazy" incident that happened. It really took me a while just to realize what it was that the USOC was upset about! It kind of came up on me and hit me in the side of the head and I didn't see it coming or understand what was going on. I was trying to have the best performance and was told that wearing the mask would help prevent me from getting sick. It got really blown out of proportion. I was really disappointed that no one supported us during the incident. USA Cycling hid behind USOC like a little kid getting punished and it was embarrassing frankly. It's one of those things where they tell you that you didn't do anything wrong, but they won't speak up for you or support you. It really made me view the Olympic Games differently. It made me feel that it is more about politics than about sport.
RadSprint: Had all of this an impact on the racing at the Games?
Jennie: As most people know, so many things can impact performance and of course it affected me. It's always a question of how much. The initial stress was hard but what really affected me was the lack of team after the incident. I felt that everyone sort of went in to survival mode and either formed opinions about it or just didn't know what to do, but the team feeling was gone. It wasn't a good formula for my success and I ended up getting a bad respiratory infection. I've always been a very resilient person and I still enjoyed myself though. I gave it the best I knew how and was proud considering the circumstance.
RadSprint: Any good memories of Beijing?
Jennie: The memories that really stand out are the friendships I formed with other athletes. I met some great people that I will be friends with for a lifetime.
RadSprint: How did Beijing compare to Athens, your first Olympic Games?
Jennie: I think my first Olympics will always be the most special. I had some difficult years leading in to Athens. I was training in Europe and was struggling to find any form and didn't feel a lot of support from people. I finally believed in what I knew and listened to myself, regardless of what everyone else's opinions where. I learned a lot about myself that year. I knew that if I wanted to make it to the Olympics, I was the only one that could make that happen.
RadSprint: But let's have a look at the beginning. When did you start cycling and racing? And how did you arrive at the track?
Jennie: I started racing two weeks before my 16th Birthday. My dad had started cycling for recreation and he introduced my sister, Laura and I to it. One of the first times, my dad asked my sister and I to go for a ride with him which was to ride 60 miles up to our ski cabin! I wasn't going to have any part of that but my sister, Laura, went. She started to get in to racing and would beg me to go training with her. I finally caved in and went but I still didn't like it that much. It wasn't until I did a mountain bike race and won a "free certificate" to a track class that I was hooked! I always did better at the shorter distances, so I loved the track. From then on, I started racing and qualified for the Junior Worlds. I was only going to do it on the junior level, until I got a phone call from Andrzej Bek (National Sprint Coach at the time). He said he saw me at the Juniors and thought I should be a sprinter and join the National Team! It all started because of that.
RadSprint: You had your first success as in elite sprinter in 1998/99 on the national and international level. 2000 and 2001 you didn't have much on your palmares. These were also the years of Tammy Thomas, who tested positive for the anabolic norbolethone in the 2002/03 season, was banned for life and was later convicted of perjury. What's your take of all of this from today's perspective?
Jennie: I actually got fourth place at the World Championships in 2000, but since they were after the Olympics, I don't think people would remember. I wasn't selected for Olympics in 2000, but I did have a great year. In fact I set my personal record in the 200m in 11.10 sec that year! Tammy was around those years and I remember being told by a coach that "the US had their female sprinters already." I did affect me not being selected for all of the World Cups and such, but really she didn't affect my ability to perform. It was unfortunate what decisions she made because she was a really nice person, but it was frustrating for me to see her do so well in 2001, taking the silver medal at the Worlds. I had been working so hard and I actually told her straight after she got the medal that I didn't respect her medal! I've always been straight forward I guess.
RadSprint: After that, let's lighten up a bit. Tell us some funny stories and about some embarrassing moments!
Jennie: Geez, that's probably not too hard to do because I seem to do that a lot! The all time funniest story is back in 1999. We had done a World Cup in Italy or something and then on the way home we got stuck in Brussels. We were going to have to spend the night cause there was only one flight at 6pm daily. We had already been through quite a bit, trying to find connections, so the team was going to get a bus to a nearby hotel. Well, I was really hungry and decided to get a bite to eat in the airport with my teammate Marcelo. Andrzej Bek was the coach and he said, "Fine, if you want to do that then you'll have to find your way to the hotel if the bus comes while you're not here." I agreed and said not a problem, but when the time came and I wasn't there by the time the bus was there, Andrzej was "furious!" Marcello was scared and Andrzej blew up on us. He started turning red and yelling about how, 'he didn't care if we hadn't slept for one week or eaten for one week or taken "shit" for one week, that we shouldn’t leave the group! I lost it when he said the last thing and I started laughing so hard I couldn't control it and I fell to the ground, still laughing! Marcello said he thought he saw steam coming from Andrzej! Marcelo just told me that he was soo glad it was me laughing and not him! We still joke about that today!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Rumor had it that Dotsie Bausch, a prominent women professional cyclist recently of the Colavita squad and formerly with T-Mobile planned to retire from racing at the end of 2008. Dotsie’s numerous palmares include first place in 2001 and 2003 California State Road Race and Time Trial Championship, 2007 National Champion on track in pursuit and team pursuit World Record holder, 2008 TT National Champion with her husband in mixed tandem and Gold Medal in 2008 Pan Am Games in on the track in pursuit discipline, among numerous stage race and individual race wins. Truesport obtained an interview of Dotsie from her home in Irvine, California to hear from her what she is doing.
QUESTION: What are you up to now? Retired? Not retired? Racing? Not racing? We have heard lots of grumblings, but what is really going on for you in 2009?
DOTSIE: I have a lot going on! I have taken a position as Assistant Director and Captain to Susy Pryde on the Jazz Apple Professional Cycling Team based out of New Zealand. However, I will be racing with them too. At the end of 2008, I felt well, bored, for lack of better terms. I have enjoyed the professional ranks for eight years, but I reached a point where I wanted more, I wanted to do more, I wanted to give more. I was tired of constantly being focused on my own results and my own training program. I mean how many times can you do the same race over and over, year after year? I felt satisfied with my own career and wanted to be someone who helped to grow the sport that has given so much to me. I wanted to teach other young women, inspire them to get the results they were dreaming of, help others reach their potential. Susy is giving me a chance to be a teacher/motivator/captain as well as continue to race, which I love.
QUESTION: What was it about Jazz Apple that excited you and made you want to sign with them?
DOTSIE: I had this Ah…. Haaaaa…. moment last year at
QUESTION: What do you hope to accomplish with Jazz Apple in 2009?
DOTSIE: I want to see the team succeed. I want to see the girls fulfill their dreams. For example, Ruth Corset, who just took second place at the Australia National Road Champs a few weeks ago, and who I will have the pleasure of meeting at team camp in New Zealand in two weeks, said in her interview that she wants to do well in the Tour of New Zealand and hopefully make the World’s Team in 2009 for her country. Hearing that motivates me. I want to be an integral part in seeing her reach that goal. I want to do whatever I need to do to help her have the confidence and the know how to get there. Obviously her fitness is up to her and her coach, but I want to be there for the girls to teach them central nervous system processes and how it plays a roll in their recovery and racing, encourage them to race outside of their box, teach them where and why to save energy, and just be someone they can lean on and ask questions of, because I have been where they are and I understand.
QUESTION: Which victory do you consider your most important?
DOTSIE: None are important, in the grand scheme of the world. I mean please, IMPORTANT? No. There are victories that are special I guess. Nationals on the track in ’07 was special to me, because my coach, and now business partner, Andy Sparks, took a chance on me and in only 6 weeks on the track, I was able to win Nationals back to back. It was just one of those times where you commit to something 100% and put your head down and go, and it was a success. It was an objective and it stirred great emotions in me. I did not grow up as an athlete. I went to college and partied until there was no more party and then I suffered from a horrendous eating disorder and drug addiction that almost took my life. So, winning Nationals to me was validation that you can overcome anything, no matter how awful and damaging you are to your mental and physical self. But there are a lot of single race wins that mean something to me for various reasons. I have fond memories of each and every race.
QUESTION: What do you love the most about racing?
DOTSIE: Well, truthfully, I have always been one of those people who loves to train more than race. But I have learned to race well, overcome the tension and the nerves that results in finding pleasure, excitement and fulfillment on the bike. I love the process the most. The whole process from preparation to the finish line. I love the game, the way it plays out, the connection with teammates during the race where you read each other’s minds. That’s the best!
QUESTION: What do you consider failures?
DOTSIE: Well, truthfully I have had a million failures in life. We all do, but it’s the organic center of those failures that always lead us to something greater. We learn, we grow and we change based on those failures. So, in essence, I guess you can’t really call them failures.
QUESTION: Do you have any favorite teammates over the years and remember specific things they have taught you?
DOTSIE: Oh gosh, yes! All of them in one way or another. Sue Palmer-Komar taught me not to take myself or any bike race to seriously. It’s just a bike race after all. Kim Anderson taught me to laugh, above all, find the humor, because again (recurring theme here) it’s just a bike race. Tina Pic taught me how to use my nerves for a positive outcome. Kimberly Baldwin taught me how to be a team leader and always be gracious and thankful. She also taught me that a win in cycling is not possible without teammates, so show your appreciation to them! Lara Ruthven taught me how to be a consummate professional, even when you don’t necessarily like the teammate you are working for (that is a hard one for me). Amber Neben taught me how to concentrate and focus under the pressure of utter chaos. Jennie Reed taught me (but I never mastered it) how to be calm under pressure and be kind and helpful to others even while focusing on your own performance.
QUESTION: What do you want to do after cycling?
DOTSIE: HA! I barely know what I want to do tomorrow or next year. My life path has had so many twists and turns so far. I am open. I suppose continue to do what I am doing now, in one form or another. I love this sport and I have no intentions of ever leaving it, although I am clearly aware I won’t be racing professionally at 55.
QUESTION: What advice do you have for beginners?
DOTSIE: Follow your heart, do it with passion, don’t imitate, be true, give back, enjoy the process, don’t beat yourself up over a bad race, and don’t take yourself too seriously.
QUESTION: Do you have any heroes or cycling role models?
DOTSIE: My husband. My Mom. My Sis. My Dad. Truly, they are the ones who have really shown me true love, ultimate faith, unwavering support and belief in me. I am not one of those people to find heroism in a fast time or a big race win. I find it in people who use what they have done athletically to improve our world, make things better, give back to those that will come after us. That’s a hero.
QUESTION: Wait, you had mentioned you have A LOT going on? What else besides Jazz Apple is going on?
DOTSIE: Well, I have a coaching business that I have had for the past 5 years, but I am launching a new version of it called Empower Coaching Systems with business partner Andy Sparks, in about 2 weeks. Check it out at: www.empowercoachingsystems.com. I also have an on-line accessories store with my sister. Fashion is a passion of mine, and sunglasses especially! You can shop it: www.hibiscus-sunglasses.com. It’s a great diversion for me and I dig the outlet and the income it provides.
QUESTION: I spoke to Jet Tanner of JetCycling and he said you are Directing Athletic Development for his junior’s team. Why did you take this position on with all you have going on?
DOTSIE: I believe in these kids. Simple as that. They are a great group. Jet has passion, his heart is in the right place, and he cares. I believe he will grow this program to a nationwide junior development program. These kids motivate me and I want to see them succeed. They practice 3 times per week together and live close to me, so I always try and show up at least once per week to give my time and share my experience. Seriously, they give me more then I give them. I always come home in a good mood from spending time with them.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Empower. Inspire. Grow.
ECS Mission statement:
Our mission is to see you become a champion. We are a coaching firm that believes that you have vast amounts of untapped potential inside of you. Our duty is to expose this potential by providing the premier standard of client support in athletic coaching. No matter what our client’s aspirations, we deal with their personal goals on an individual level with an individualized plan for success. And with the proclamation that a balanced athlete is a thriving athlete, we place an elevated degree of importance on the mind and body balance in our coaching methodology.
At ECS also know that the quickest way for us to bring about positive change in the lives of our client’s is it to embody that change in all of our actions. For this reason, we hold a firm belief in leading by example.