During the 2002 off-season, professional cyclist Dotsie Bausch launched her highly successful personal coaching business, which was originally women-specific. Through positive word-of-mouth, Bausch swiftly doubled her business and she began coaching men as well. Producing results for clients has enabled her business to grow each year as has her reputation for being a knowledgeable coach, enthusiastic motivator, and trusted resource for guidance, information and feedback that is second-to-none. Bausch’s coaching philosophy stresses the importance of personalized training programs tailored specifically for the individual with a methodology that emphasizes a mind and body balance.
A 7-time U.S. National Champion and a 2x Pan Am Championships gold medal winner, Bausch is in her fourteenth year of racing. She has spent ten years as 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 Ouch Pro Cycling. When not racing, she heads up the SC Velo presented by Empower Coaching Systems Southern California based women's road team, which she serves as captain and a mentor to young riders new to the professional peloton. In August of 2012, Bausch became an Olympian and competed on the track in the 2012 London Olympic Games where she won a silver medal alongside her team mates Jennie Reed, Lauren Tamayo and Sarah Hammer in the women's team pursuit event.
While Bausch has scored major victories and impressive results on the bike, perhaps her greatest victory came from resurrecting her own life from the depths of severe eating disorders, which threatened to take her life over a decade ago after a promising modeling career in New York City. It was during her recovery that she discovered her passion for cycling. Bausch’s inspiring personal story has been chronicled in the media and she makes herself available to support women and men around the world in their battle to return to healthy eating and living.
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USA Today/AP Story - Bausch Down but Not Out: Bausch caps comeback story with national title
Fox Sports - From Death's Door to Olympian
Health Magazine - Gold Medal Recipes
Team USA - The Pursuit of Gold Yields Silver
The Southeast Outlook - Bausch reflects on Silver
Three-time U.S. National Road Champion and four-time California State Road Champion, Chris DeMarchi brings his expertise, passion, dedication and winning drive to our Empower Coaching Systems staff. DeMarchi is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona where he founded the first mountain bike racing team for the university in 1992 and also served as president of the road racing team. He has raced competitively for the past 17 years and has a well-rounded background participating at a competitive level in both cycling and triathlon. DeMarchi’s success stems from good old-fashioned hard work and commitment, coupled with a willingness to be open-minded and flexible with coaching strategy. As an Empower Coaching Systems client during the 2009 season, he rode to his best season yet. His belief in Empower’s methodology fueled his desire to come aboard our coaching staff to lead others to cycling greatness.
With over 150 career wins, DeMarchi has proven that he knows what it takes to be on peak form. He harnesses his experience from racing and applies it directly to coaching to motivate his athletes to reach the next level. His desire to succeed at any level is unmatched. One of DeMarchi's biggest strengths is being intensely strong in mind and body. He encourages his athletes to become headstrong and self-motivators while remaining responsible to their physical self.
With numerous wins in 2009, including major stage races such as the San Dimas Stage Race and Tour de Nez, along with wins at the Malibu Triathlon and the Turkey Triathlon, DeMarchi is passionate about staying on top and helping to guide his athletes to achieve that same level.
Outside of coaching and competing, DeMarchi takes pride in being a dedicated family man.
Kirk, or KB, as he is known amongst his cycling friends, grew up riding bicycles. Racing around the local neighborhood was a way of life since he was 9 years old. Soon after college, he discovered the awesome racing community that Southern California has to offer through his colleagues at work and he was immediately hooked. His competitive nature and never say die drive saw him dive head first into Southern California’s master’s racing scene. KB has earned the top spot on podiums at the National level as well as the State level. He recently experienced racing in Spain with much success, never finishing out of the top 5.
KB has intimately experienced a lot when it comes to the highest level of cycling. He was able to view the domestic (US) professional scene through his brother’s (Jason Bausch) racing career and star in the film The Hard Road, as Jason's sole provider and supporter through the hard core professional ranks of cycling. KB traveled extensively with Dotsie to numerous international races over the last 7 years, and he lived in Spain during the summer of 2012, as she made final preparations for the Olympic Games. These experiences have shown KB how top athletes train, race and live. He uses these experiences in applicable training protocol for his clients.
KB thrives in figuring out what training programs work best for YOU as an athlete. Whether it’s for the weekend rider looking to improve fitness up to the ultra-competitive athlete who wants to achieve race results, KB sees each client as a challenge to extract the very best from them. He has a deep respect for time trials and road races and this is where is own passion lies in cycling. He is what Dotsie labels as a "total tech geek" and loves pouring over the technical data and strategies to make improvements. Cycling is a way of life for KB and he is passionate about sharing it with others.
2008 U.S. Olympic Track Cycling coach Andy Sparks is a graduate of the University of Colorado and currently resides in Temecula, California. With an approach that weighs on the qualitative side, Andy fuses research and practical sports knowledge with his own personal vision to craft a coaching style that focuses on athlete psychology, race specificity, and power acquisition. His coaching excellence aided in achieving 12 World Cup medals and 3 World Championship medals in the 2007-2008 track season, and has made him a two-time winner of the USA Cycling Coach of the Year award for his outstanding leadership and distinction in the field of coaching.
As an athlete, Andy was a member of the United States National Track Team and earned a three-year residency at the United States Olympic Training Center. Since retiring as a competitor four years ago, he has devoted his passion to coaching and has achieved a remarkable record of success. Athletes coached by Andy have recorded three World Championship titles, fifteen World Cup medals and numerous National records.
In addition to coaching, Andy also helped to found the American Women's Track Cycling Fund, an organization launched to assist and mentor young female cyclists.
Rachel started her cycling career whilst studying for a Chemical Engineering degree at the University of Birmingham, UK. Having always enjoyed sports, she quickly took to cycling and was soon racing. Starting off with mainly time trials, she switched focus to road racing and
was offered a place on the Great Britain National Team. In 2001 Rachel put on hold her job as a project engineer and became a full time cyclist, competing initially for the GB National team before turning professional with the Dutch Farm Frites team.
After spending 5 years competing in Europe, in 2006 Rachel made the move to the USA and continued racing for 4 years before retiring at the end of 2009 to take over directing the highly successful Colavita Baci Pro Women's team. She has competed in all the major NRC races, notching up several wins along the way. She has also represented Great Britain and England at 7 World Championships, 2 Commonwealth Games and the 2004 Athens Olympics. She is a multi-time national medalist at road, time trial, track and cyclocross.
Whilst racing full time, Rachel obtained qualifications in BC level 2 Cycling Coaching, Nutrition and weight management, gym instruction and personal training.
Throughout her career Rachel has been coached by some of the Worlds top coaches and has learnt from their extensive knowledge. Added to her own racing career, this gives Rachel a well rounded toolbox combining the science behind coaching with the personal experience of putting it into practice. She believes that coaches who have enjoyed and endured will give you a better insight into what it takes to be good bike racer. She can give you first hand experience of building a base through the depths of winter, taking your first steps in local races or peaking for National Championships.