Stephanie Gaumnitz bids farewell to professional cycling
I am very satisfied with my career. I had so many national titles in the younger years. In 2009 I had my daughter then I started training in January 2010 again. I just had to be back on the bike. It wasn’t easy being a parent and a professional cyclist but I gave it my best all the time.
In 2012 I was a substitute rider in the Olympic Games in London. It was unbelievable going to the games after two years back on the bike.
After that my successful career really started taking off.
Here’s a list of my proudest achievements:
- 2012 European Champion Points Race
- 2013 World Cup Victory Points Race
- 2014 second places World Championship Points Race
- Twice third place in team time trial on the road in 2016 and 2017.
Of course, the biggest one was becoming 2015 World Champion in the Points Race.
In preparation, I actually only trained for the team pursuit. In the morning we had the qualification for the team pursuit then before the start of the points race in the evening, I told myself to just do the most simplistic race and that I had nothing to lose. My biggest motivation was having my family spontaneously coming to support. This made it more special that they were there to celebrate with me because this was 6 years of hard work and they supported me every step of the way.
To participate in two Olympic Games on the track in 2012 and 2016 was something very special. It is the dream of every athlete to go to the Olympic Games.
After my track career, I decided to dedicate time to the road. I chose a new team - Cervélo Bigla. In this time, I learnt so much from Thomas Campana and we had so many victories as a team. I can’t believe I have two bronze medals from the world championships on the road with the team.
In the first few months, everything was new to me. To have all team members fight for the success was amazing to watch. This gave me new strength in training and new motivation to work for this common goal. We lose together and we win together. This team spirit made a big impression on me.
If you asked me what I would do if I was 16 years old, I would choose cycling over and over again. I would have done some things differently but most of the things I would have done the same.
This sport prepares you amazingly for life in general. There are so many life lessons in cycling and it teaches you how to appreciate the important things.
You always need to fight in the life to become successful.
I am forever grateful to have chosen cycling.
Stephanie Gaumnitz (née Pohl)