Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, California)
Women’s Team Pursuit
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Dotsie Bausch is a long-time professional cyclist who only switched to the track in 2007. After seven national championships and nine years as a USA Cycling development athlete, Bausch followed up with two national track titles in her debut year. The Villanova University graduate set a team pursuit world record in 2006 in 3:19.56 with Sarah Hammer and Lauren Tamayo. She and her London Olympics team of Hammer and Jennie Reed currently hold the silver medal in the 3km pursuit.
Bausch, originally from Lexington, Kentucky, spent time modeling in New York City. A battle with eating disorders led her to cycling, and she still makes a point to help men and women in their own battles with eating disorders. She founded Empower Coaching Systems in 2008 and mentors female athletes through her elite development team, SC Velo presented by Empower Coaching Systems. She started her coaching business as a women’s-specific venture in 2002 and her success on the road and track facilitated the growth of her business to what it is today.
Bausch made the long team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and this summer will mark her Olympic debut. She logged top fives at the world championships from 2009 to 2011, and has two top-three results from the 2011 Track World Cup, all in the team pursuit.
Bausch hopes to someday expand her mentorship by launching an organization for people struggling with eating disorders, AHED — Athletes Healing Eating Disorders.