A Cycling Team Is Bigger Than The Roster


When most people see my pictures on social media, the first thing that comes to mind is the hard work and time serious cyclists like myself invest into our passion for riding and racing our bike. What most people don’t see or realize is the hours of support our families and friends put into helping us succeed. Without this support, it would make racing at our level impossible. I mean, who shows up to a bike race that is 4 hours long in the 100-degree heat and says, “Hey I’ll stand in a lonely feed zone and wait for you to come by once or twice.” It’s not just hours of standing around either, they are constantly thinking of how to help their racer become better.


Racing for us is a family event we look forward to every week. And the more family that is present, the more fun racing is. We all work toward a goal of me performing at my best and succeeding for our team and sponsors. Having a family that is so involved in my sport helps keep me grounded and motivated to always give it my all no matter the situation. How can you not push your limits when you have family who spends their free time studying nutrition facts and coming up with new ways for you to stretch.

It may not be a family behind every cyclist, but you can bet that there is someone. I’m sure every great cyclist can name someone who invested time into helping make them great. I have a fantastic coach in Bruce Hendler of Athleticamps, and he has helped me over and above what a normal coach would do. However, without my family making sacrifices I would never achieve or reach the level Bruce thinks I’m capable of.


Cycling is a hard sport, but it is so rewarding at every level. For some, taking a personal record on a Strava segment is like conquering Mt. Kilimanjaro in their own mind, and that’s what makes this sport so amazing. No matter who you are or what level you are at, there are moments of accomplishment and it’s our families and friends who help us realize that. Every night when I return home from a ride, my wife and family members ask about it. No matter how boring the story is, they follow every word and commend me for my silly Strava achievements. These words of encouragement or appreciation of the work we put in motivate us to push harder and further on our next ride, race or event.

Cycling, as we all know, takes a lot of hard work and dedication.  But, it can also require sacrifice from our families, friends, and loved ones.  So, never forget to show appreciation to those in your life who invest hours of hard work into your passion. The feed zone wife, mom, and dad are the unsung heroes of the local road racing world. Without them, who would be there to help us endure and enjoy our sport? I am exceedingly thankful for my support team, and here’s a thank you to all the feed zone and family support systems in local cycling!

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Timmy Bauer

Born and raised on two wheels, Timmy started his two wheel journey early at the age of three riding and racing motocross for the next 15 years. His mother convinced him to go on his first trail run of seven miles while in high school and began running avidly. After graduating he quit motocross and focused on running for fun. Timmy met his wife in 2010 and settled down back home in Placerville, California. After years of running and competing in marathons and ultras, he found himself lost in the sport. In 2014 after watching the Tour de France, he decided to purchase a road bike. After a month he found a coach and started a training plan but with no desire to race. After a few months and losing over 25 pounds through training and chasing Strava segments, he joined a local race team. After his first race in the spring of 2015, he was hooked. He’s since moved up from Cat 5 to Cat 3 in a year, then this year he joined Williams cycling to compete as a Cat 1. He’s already made eight podiums and two wins. Timmy still maintains a full-time job while still caring for his family and training at least 15 hours a week. Bike riding is more than a sport, it's his lifestyle.

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