“I love so much about it,” says Dotsie Baush. “I just love being able to be outside with the wind in my face and the ability to see so much in a short period of time, if you go 30 miles or 50 miles or 70 miles. But I love the competitive aspect of it more than anything. I love track racing and I love the gift it’s given me. It’s been an incredible journey so far in just a short period of time.” (quoted in ESPN interview.)
Her journey from anorexic runway model to professional cyclist and now Olympic Silver Medalist has been chronicled by virtually every major news organization. But beyond the model exterior and her physical capabilities on a bike, there is her unquenchable desire to pay it forward.
Her story of getting caught up in the crazy world of the New York runway model is nothing new. She drove herself so hard that she finally found herself barely surviving in a 5’9″, 90 pound body. After contemplating suicide, she headed for therapy and a big life turnaround. She credits cycling for much of her recovery.
Now she helps others who are disabled by an eating disorder. No one is better at identifying with someone in some form of addiction, than an ex-addict. But Dotsie’s big heart doesn’t end there.
Our wounded vets sometimes struggle with some of the same needs in their recoveries that Dotsie did. And many of them are finding the same thing she did. A bicycle is a fantastic way to build strength, endurance, and postive mental energy. Through Ride 2 Recovery, veterans across the country are being outfitted with specially designed bikes that allow them to fully participate in cycling.
To help raise money for these vets, A Road Bike 4U hosted an Aug 3rd ride originating at the store located in Irvine, at the corner of Main St. & Red Hill Ave. Dotsie Bausch was one of those riding in support of our wounded warriors that day. You can still get in on the fun, and meet Dotsie. Watch this video and plan to show up for the event next August 2014.