Julich retires from professional cycling | PostIndependent.com

Julich retires from professional cycling

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Bobby Julich is ready for the next phase of his life.

The 36-year-old professional cyclist from Glenwood Springs is bringing his lengthy career to an end, Team CSC Saxo Bank announced on Monday.

“I have had a long career as a professional cyclist and it has been an honor to be part of a team like Team CSC Saxo Bank for the last five years,” Julich, who began his pro career in 1992, said via press release. “I remember the day after meeting my team and teammates for the first time, making a phone call to my wife telling her that this is the team that I have been searching for my whole career and where I would my career. Years later, that turned out to be quite the prophetic statement because now is time to make that decision to move on to the next phase of my life.”

The next phase of life could very well include cycling for the 1990 Glenwood Springs High School graduate. He’s hoping to stick with Team CSC in a different capacity.

“I hope to stay connected to the world of cycling because it has been my life and passion for 25 years, but I am also keeping my options open,” he said. “To continue to work for Bjarne and the team in some way would be great and I would love it if that opportunity presented itself.”

Julich is leaving the sport with quite the resume. He raced in the Tour de France nine times and finished third in the 1998 Tour. He also won time-trial bronze in the 2004 Olympics.

Letting go of a sport that is so much a part of his identity wasn’t easy for Julich.

“The hardest part of leaving the crazy world of professional cycling will be having less contact with my teammates,” he said. “The friendships that I have created her are hopefully lifelong, but I will miss the fun that we have together on the road.”

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