Spider Tech Kinesiology Tape- Gift Guide #11

By Dotsie Bausch

We always stuff our loved ones stockings with little somethings that evoke a special feeling or emotion and will make them smile wide. Usually its their favorite candy, or sweet treats that they don’t allow themselves to indulge on normally throughout the year OR some funny gag gift that they end up throwing away eventually. The Holidays are a wonderful time of year and inspire closeness and a chance to show that you deeply care about that special someone. Why not stuff those stockings to show that Santa really knows his stuff this year? (pun intended). I have put together a short list of items that I am certain your favorite cycling nut/health enthusiast will truly dig. These items were critical in my preparation and success at the 2012 Olympic Games where I took home a silver in track cycling.

1. Spider Tech Kinesiology Tape- Magic tape that does it all!

SpiderTech is a leading brand of kinesiology tape used for reduction of pain, swelling and enhancement of athletic performance. SpiderTech kinesiology tape is designed to mimic the properties of skin, with a certain amount of elastic stretch to provide dynamic support to the body while not restricting normal movement and is used for all types of musculoskeletal injuries, as well as nerve related conditions.

It will stay on for 3-5 days when applied correctly.  AMAZING!! SpiderTech tape has been designed to stay on during all types of activities including in the water. Due to its skin-like make up, SpiderTech provides a ‘dynamic’ type of support to the body without fully restricting normal movement usually experienced with other types of sport/athletic tape. Its so easy to use, drug free and you can do it yourself!

With more than a decade of racing my bike at the professional level and in international competition, I know that injuries are part of sports.  I have successfully utilized SpiderTech to overcome physical setbacks. The Hip Spider has been instrumental in my healing from sciatica.  Nothing worked before Spider Tape to help keep the pain at bay while I healed.  I always had pain and since I always train hard, I lived on Ibuprophen, which had me very concerned for the health of my liver. SpiderTech makes it so I can take care of my body inside and out.

For me, SpiderTech is not only for training and racing at my best, but also for traveling on long flights across the globe.  When I sit for long hours when traveling, my lower back and IT bands get very tight.  The Lower Back and Hip Spiders keep me loose and the blood flow uninterrupted. I arrive at my destination feeling ready to ride and train the first day, instead of spending two or three days trying get rid of “airplane legs.”

This incredible magic tape comes in very cool colors and my favorite’s are the “X” Spider and the “Y” Spider as they are easiest to use and will fit perfectly into any size stocking in their very sassy and cool small aluminum box, about the size of a TV remote. Order up: http://www.spidertech.com

 

Dotsie Bausch

Cobb Saddles: Gift Guide #3

Cobb Saddles: Don’t bend over without one!

By Dotsie Bausch

http://cobbcycling.com/

 

I had been searching for the perfect pursuit saddle for over 4 years. I have tried many. I swore I would start my own custom saddle company post retirement because I could not find the perfect saddle that would keep me out of pain and agony in all positions from sitting up on the rollers at 140 rpms to pursuit position on the track at 56K an hour. Now I have found the V-Flow Max Cobb saddle and my perfect solution. I am one happy camper…..finally.

This saddle is a must try for anyone if they are experiencing any pain or discomfort in a time trial or pursuit position. Will easily stuff into any stocking (nose first!) and you will instantly have a very happy camper too!

The V-Flow Max Saddle: 

The Max saddle is the newest offering from Cobb Cycling; it continues the line of rider friendly saddles developed with the thought of comfort and speed.   The newest seat, which comes in both Black and White, was developed by John Cobb for maximum rider comfort for both Triathlon riding and road riding. The lowered nose section combined with the deep cut pressure trough will relieve pressure in the prostate/perinea area for men and the soft tissue area for women.  The narrow rear section comes from the extremely popular and successful VFlow series but is made with an all-new higher density foam. Ongoing tests have shown that a harder saddle foam is more comfortable over longer distances, Cobb developed a new foam that will save weight while adding comfort. The seat rail design of the new Max seat will also make it much easier for rider to achieve the proper seat setback for U.C.I. races.  With one of the longest rail lengths of any of the “triathlon” type saddles, the max will easily be adjustable to find the ultimate in positions.  The Max weighs 270Gr. and has a unique shape that is very rider friendly.

 

 

 

 

 

Amber Neben and the Olympic Games by Dotsie Bausch

 

Amber Neben and I were teammates almost 10 years ago on the ground breaking Team T-Mobile for women. Wow, how time flies when you are having fun.  Amber has had my respect from those formidable years together as we both navigated our own journeys and paths towards realizing our dreams. Amber is slight in stature and slow to give an opinion. She is non-confrontational and lends her focus to a higher power. Amber is different from other bike racers I have known. Her heart is swollen with love to give back and make lives of those less fortunate better but more than that, she aims to give inspiration, challenges us to activate change and “dare to be.” Most professional bike racers, or professional athletes for that matter, are self-centered, self-absorbed and cant see the light except for the one that shines on them. Amber goes against that convention. She is the creator of Dare To Be and here is what her website describes that program as: “Through The Dare To Be Project, U.S.Olympian and World Champion Cyclist Amber Neben delivers a bike, helmet, and bike lock with a special message of overcoming adversity to underserved kids for Christmas, a birthday, or a special project. Through the unconditional gift of a new bike we connect and inspire each kid to DARE TO BE a doctor, a teacher, the President . . .whoever it is they dream to be!”

I caught up with Amber from her home in Irvine, CA to check in on her and ask her some probing questions about her process of preparing for her second Olympic Games, her highs and lows in the years leading up, her mental and physical training, her dreams as a little girl and her hopes and goals for the future.

 

DB:  2012 was a year filled with highs and lows for you. All in a year of bike racing, right? Being that it was an Olympic year and the stakes were high, how did you form this year differently than say 2010 or 2011? Did you have a different feeling and outlook on the season ahead of you when the New Year rang in on January 1, 2012?

AN: I actually started the 2010 season after having two surgeries from crashes in 2009, (July and September.)  Then, I started 2011 after a second incomplete season in a row of racing (torn adductor in the spring, 2010 and surgery in July again.)  My off seasons prior to both of those years were slightly different in feel because of the lack of racing, and my focus was more on another “comeback.”  The 2011 season, however, went very well for me.  I had a full year of racing in my legs, and I had also won a bunch of races.  I was in a great position to both be able to train hard all winter for the Games and to focus on trying to make the team.   Although the Olympic Games were a very realistic goal, I actually approached the winter before the 2012 season with the same discipline and focus I normally do, but there certainly was an element of extra intensity in the emotion and mental component of the preseason process.  My training was actually different in November in December, but from January forward, I hit things fairly similar as previous years.  And since I needed to hit some specific races early to both help the USA qualify a 4th start spot and to put myself in a better position to make the team, I did select different peak points than I normally would have. In general, yes,  I was very locked on to the Olympic goal all winter and then through the first part of the season.

 

 

DB:  Did the Olympics make you hungrier now for more competition in 2013 and beyond or do you feel satisfied with your illustrious career and ready to make a change? I know Olympics grabbed hold of me like a wringer, and i can’t stop thinking about doing it all again in 2016. Its different than anything you will ever go through at any other cycling competition, be it World Championships or whatever. Its so special and you are hyper aware of that when you are there. Can you describe the key differences you felt between Olympic competition and any other big event on the calendar?

AN: Good question.  I was actually emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted after the games.  It had been such a hard 4 years to get back, such intense focus and work, and then it didn’t go as I had hoped and dreamed.  It was certainly an amazing accomplishment, and I come away with incredible memories.  Very, very cool stuff.  At the same time, though, I have also raced a very long time with very high goals, so it certainly would be easy to call it a career at this point.  However, I still enjoy the process of trying to be a champion, I still enjoy the chance to share with the next generation, and I still feel like there is something in the tank to race with.  I am not convinced that God is finished writing the story of my cycling life just yet.  Another four years is a very long time, but I won’t say no.  I am not saying yes, but I am also not saying no to it!  Right now, I am looking forward to a new team with new opportunities.

The Olympics are HUGE.  EVERYONE knows what and when the Olympic Games are.  They are universal.  People may not know your sport, but they know you are an Olympian, so you must be at the top of your game.  The entire world is watching, thinking about, talking about this event.  They only happen once every four years, and only a very small number of people get the chance to compete.  They are a very special thing.  The moment is so huge.  The attention, the pressure, the bigness just grows and grows and then you are in the middle of it.  It is such an awesome experience.  The other big events we compete in have elements of the above, but nothing can compare to the attention level and knowledge of the Olympic Games.

 

 

DB: I was enamored by the sheer vastness and magnitude of the entire Olympic experience. We have never competed in any venue even close to the Olympic environment. How did you prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for competing and delivering your ultimate performance on race day at the Olympic Games? What did you learn in Beijing that best prepared you for another Olympics?

AN: I think my life prepared me for the Games.  I don’t know that I could have scripted my preparation.  The mental component necessary to become a champion or an Olympian is often forged in the fires of life, and that was/is certainly the case with me.  With each challenge, failure, success, step, I have grown and been prepared for such moments.  Personally, I really like huge events.  The bigger and the more pressure, the more exciting and fun for me.  I like the moment and the atmosphere.  I like the challenges that come.

My Beijing experience added an element of familiarity and calmness.  I knew how BIG the Olympic Games would be, and I knew what to expect from the standpoint of the village and the craziness surrounding the final week.  I also knew that as HUGE of an event as the Olympics are, I would be doing something I had already done a bunch of times before… race a bike.  At the end of the day, I would be doing what I had done, what I had trained for, what I was prepared for, so there was nothing unusual about the race itself.

 

 

DB:  What is a typical Amber Neben day of training like in an Olympic prep year? (don’t give me a recovery day description please:-) I want the knarly stuff!

AN: 25hrs on the bike. Yes, Olympic prep years actually have an extra hour.  Full gas. Only one bottle of water.  1/2 a gel.  It is so hard.

It is an entire process.  I think the biggest thing is you are tired a lot b/c of the focus required from every element of training and living.  It is hard.  Well worth it, but very hard.

One day… how about a January Saturday… waking up at 4:45am so that I can meet my coach to carpool 90 minutes down to Palomar at 5:30am.  Doing 2 x 60min LT intervals up and then going back down in whatever weather shows up.  Driving 90min back home… eating, stretching, resting, so that I can get up the next day and throw down another hard training day on tired legs.

 

DB:  What did you love the very most about the Olympic experience? Is there a moment or a day that will stay with you forever?

AN: My Beijing Olympic memories are filled with the experiences, ie meeting the president, the Opening Ceremonies, the village.  My London memories are more about the races themselves.  The intensity of the fans and the emotion and energy that we raced in is something that I will never forget.

 

DB:  How old were you when you first remember dreaming about becoming an Olympian? Did you fulfill those dreams in London?

AN: I was a 5th grader dreaming of scoring the winning goal in the gold medal soccer match!

My dream was/is? to win gold.  I reached my dream of becoming an Olympian, but not the dream of winning gold (or even a medal.)  However, I raced with everything I had.  I have no regrets.  I was not fast enough on the day.  For whatever reason, the goal of winning a medal was not to be.  Hopefully, though,  as I have gone and as I go, God can use my story to impact lives for Him.

 

DB:  If you could share the intimate most feelings and associations of the Olympic Games with someone who had never heard of them before, how would you do it?

AN:  Imagine dreaming of doing something as a child.  Imagine holding onto that dream through all kinds of challenges and adversity fires… for 25+ years… never giving up, always working forward, knowing that the dream was still attainable…   AND then… you do it.  You become an Olympian.  You experience being at the highest point,  the center of attention in all the world.  It is an amazing, amazing achievement.

Photo Credit: John Segesta

Interview by Dotsie Bausch of Cyclingillustrated

One month ago, I put together a team pursuit team of 3 tough and eager women. By Dotsie Bausch

 

One month ago, I put together a team pursuit team of 3 tough and eager women with the plans of racing them at U.S. Elite Track Nationals. My #1 goal with this project was to introduce a few girls, who I feel have great potential in the event, to the track in a fun, supportive environment and give them the chance to see if they would fall in love with this event as I did over 3 years ago and want to pursue it. They have worked their tails off and they are ready to rock it tomorrow in qualifying and then hopefully finals. With the awesome assistance of my track coach, Bert GlennonJoy Duerksen McCulloch, Amber Gaffney and Tara McCormick (ok- i needed one seasoned track rider in the mix) are focused and filled with anticipation for their team pursuit debut.  I was able to catch up with Joy and talk about these last 4 weeks of her life on the track as she is relaxing today with her feet up (I hope) and mind strong from her home in Yucaipa, California.

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Taylor Phinney (BMC) and Dotsie Bausch get together for some Q & A!

Taylor Phinney is always touted as one of the most talented young guys in the professional peloton and yes, he has some very impressive pedigree, but he succeeds in my opinion because of his mental strength and relaxed attitude, which is a rare combo in elite sport. I met Taylor in 2007 in the bathroom while we were both being drug tested after U.S. National Track Championships where we both, after only being on the track a handful of times, won the Individual Pursuit National Titles. He had big funny hair and furry boots on while donning his cycling kit and he made me laugh hysterically about numerous subjects while we both waited to have to pee. We have been connected with mutual respect for each other ever since, or I have felt connected to him:-) (maybe i should ask him if he feels the same) He now calls me Dotsie-Tron and i call him T-Money and i was stoked to catch up with him, albeit briefly, from Limberg in the Netherlands where he will compete in the World Championship Road Race on Sunday after a thrilling silver medal performance in the Time Trial last wednesday. 

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Andrea Dvorak (USA) speaks about the “World Championship RR” with Dotsie Bausch!WSWC

 

Andrea Dvorak is one of the true toughies of the women’s professional peloton. She is the consummate teammate. She can drive a break to shatter and she can climb like a goat. She is one of my favorite people in the sport and i was honored to be teammates with her for 2 years on Colavita/Sutterhome, when she was just getting started in her career. She can ride on the front all day long and will work for her leader without hesitation and she does it to precision. This is her first World Championships and it is so well deserved! She is nervous and excited and i was able to get her to sit down for 10 minutes the other day to answer a few questions, which she rarely does, the sitting part that is:-)

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Emma Pooley (Britain) in an exclusive interview with Dotsie Bausch! WSWC

DB: You were an absolute CRUSHER in the Olympic road race. It was so fun to watch. Tell me about your racing style and will you be approaching saturday’s race similarly?
EP: Thanks! The Olympic road race was fun… I had a job to do there to set it up for Lizzie. I don’t know if the worlds road race on Saturday will be the same, I doubt it really, but I normally race pretty aggressively because I don’t like getting to the finish with a big bunch. Because I’m rubbish at sprinting!

DB: The end of this race on the Cauberg is tailor made for you, but then there are 1700 meters of flatish terrain to the finish from the top of the climb. What is your predication for how the race will play out? How do you want to see it play out?
EP: I can tell you it feels like a really long way from the top of the Cauberg to the finish line. There’s time for almost anything to happen – for the race to regroup, or for a few riders to stay away.

DB: What is your favorite aspect of racing? What do you love so much about our sport?
EP: I enjoy racing most when it gets hard. The hanging around waiting, being patient, saving energy, I’m not good at. But I enjoy it when it gets tough and I feel like I’m pushing myself harder than ever before. It’s really satisfying to give absolutely everything you have physically, especially in a team sport where you know your teammates are also doing the same. Helping someone else to win is normally actually more satisfying than winning yourself.

DB: What are the particulars about this course that play to your strengths?
EP: There are some hills in it! Although I would prefer less flat in between and a more technical descent…

DB: How did you maintain focus and energy for Worlds after such an intense competition as Olympics?
EP: It’s a tough year with the Olympics. There is so much focus and pressure on that event, afterwards it can be hard to get training again. But I love riding my bike so after a few days with my family in the UK post-olympics, going running instead of riding, I was pretty keen to get training again. And since London I have actually had way more fun racing than earlier in the year – my pro team was not being very supportive so I just picked some races that I really wanted to do, and arranged to go by myself. It was a bit of a hassle but well worth it. I did a cyclosportive in the Alps (the Haute Route) which was brilliant fun – lots of mountains, long hard stages, and I met so many enthusiastic and friendly cyclists. And then the Tour de l’Ardeche which is a stage race I love. Those races, plus getting back to the training I enjoy with friends at home in the hills round Zürich, that kept me motivated.

DB: How did it make you feel when Bradley Wiggins announced he would be financially backing women’s cycling next season?
EP: I don’t know the details of what Brad said about women’s cycling, or whether anything will come of it next season, but I do think that it’s fantastic that he spoke up about it. His support even just mentioning the issue will make a big difference to women’s cycling I think, because he has such a huge public profile and so much respect. There are actually a lot of people out there who care a lot about women’s cycling and are trying to improve the state of affairs for us – even in the UCI! It’s just that not much ever seems to get done. I really hope that the Olympics might change that a bit – everyone who watched the women’s race in London was impressed by it and said it made fantastic spectating. I hope all those people will demand to see more women’s racing on TV and that the UCI & TV broadcasters will listen to them…

Interview by Dotsie Bausch of Cyclingillustrated

Photo Credit: John Segesta

Press Release!! Dotsie Bausch Joins the Cycling Illustrated Family #WSWC

 

Photo Credit: John Segesta

2012 London Silver Medal Olympian, six-time U.S. National Champion, and two-time Pan Am Championship gold medal winner, Dotsie Bausch has signed on with Cycling Illustrated to provide professional insight on racing, coaching, nutrition, and whatever else is on Dotsie’s mind.

 

Joining the Cycling Illustrated staff is not Dotsie’s only new endeavor since returning from the London Olympics. Southern California’s most accomplished and decorated female cyclist has recently joined Team Surf City Cyclery/Sterling BMW to race select 2013 road races in the men’s category. Plus, Dotsie has also joined the Universal Sports network commentating team, where she recently joined Todd “GoGo” Gogulski and Steve Schlanger to commentate for the Women’s TT World Championships.

 

Dotsie is not new to journalism. The 10-year professional road racing veteran, who raced for T-Mobile, Colavita/Sutterhome, and Ouch Pro Cycling, also graduated top of her class with a journalism degree from Villanova University in 1995. In addition to her racing accolades, Dotsie is also the owner of Empower Coaching (www.empowercoachingsystems.com), and dedicates her time to charities such as the Irvine Animal Rescue Center, and working to bring awareness to eating disorders.

 

Regardless of her busy schedule, Dotsie will be a mainstay here at Cycling Illustrated. Sign on regularly to get Dotsie’s perspective on all things cycling, or visit her website at www.dotsiebauschusa.com. Welcome Dotsie!