Local Olympic Valley resident, Rachel Bauer, included as a Founding 100 Todi Team athlete | SierraSun.com

Local Olympic Valley resident, Rachel Bauer, included as a Founding 100 Todi Team athlete

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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; Todi USA, a Portsmouth-based apres athletic shoe company announced Todi Team and selected athletes who best represent the spirit of their brand. and#8220;Todi is not about the fastest runner or the leading scorer. It is about an athleteand#8217;s resolve, the true grit and determination to push it past the limit in every training session,and#8221; explains EJ Cheney, general manager for Todi and former ski racer.

Todi symbolizes the spirit found deep inside an athleteand#8217;s core and is designed with a cork foot bed for athletes who beat their feet.

Todi asked local mountain biker Rachel Bauer what was her most memorable athletic accomplishment. Bauer wrote:

and#8220;I would have to say it was back in 2008. I was racing pro womenand#8217;s downhill (first year) at Coloradoand#8217;s famous Sol Vista Bike Park. That particular race weekend was jam packed! Three downhill races in three days, a combined three-day event, with a crowning of the MSC (Mountain States Cup) Overall Champion at the end of the weekend. I remember being super worked, having to race three downhills back to back, day after day. Each day required the utmost attention since each course was different. All the rocks and roots, etc. needed to be memorized, not to mention the extreme terrain changes, the jumps, the drops, the speed. So much fun!

The first day, no problem. Had successful practice runs and plenty of rest. The qualifier run went well (qualified first) and so did the race run (first place)! Sweet! Day two: The pros decided to race the downhill course chainless. What does this mean you ask? Means that without any help from the power of your legs, your bike is without a chain to run the gears. So the riders must now maintain their speed by reading the terrain changes and pumping the track, much like a snowboarder would do in the halfpipe. The momentum from the starting gate is what I have to start with. The only chance I had at gaining speed throughout the course was by pumping the rollers and by using less brake. This posed a different challenge: I was a complete novice at the chainless racing scene. Somehow, by an act of God, I pulled it off and ended up winning day two by two minutes! Which is a lot for downhill. Considering this is a combined three day event, suffice it to say I was in the clear, or at least I thought I was. Day three: Downhill number three, the fastest of the three courses, and the longest still ahead. Phew! I was tired. I started off well, qualified first, looking to sweep the three-day event, until race time. About 3/4 of the way down I hit this unexpected rock in the track and flipped completely over my bike about 50 mph into the woods about 5 feet down in this tree well. I wasnand#8217;t hurt but I was definitely a long way from getting back up to speed. So I quickly grabbed my bike, dusted off my goggles and began pedaling like a crazy woman to the finish. Ended up second place by under a minute.-

I would have to say the most exciting and exhilarating three days of my racing life. I ended up first overall for the Sol Vista race weekend and first overall in the MSC. My first year racing pro was off to a great start! And the most memorable athletic accomplishment to date.and#8221;

and#8212; Todi USA, Inc., http://www.todiusa.com, manufactures apres sport shoes for athletes, exclusively designed for aggressive souls who beat their feet and#8230; again and again.—-

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