Young cyclers hold Julich in high regard
Bobby Julich means the world to the kids of Two Rivers Cycling, a Glenwood-based youth club team. He’s one of their own, in more ways than one. He’s a fellow cycler and a fellow Western Coloradan. And, he’s taken time out to meet and speak with a fair number of them.A role model who’s accessible and kind. That’s not something you see every day in the crazy world of professional sports.”Once I found out about Bobby Julich, found out his name and got to meet him and all, he was really cool,” said 11-year-old Max Sommers, a Two Rivers cycler. “He’s the one who inspired me to keep racing.”Julich’s visited with Two Rivers Cycling members at several points in the past, including a speech he made to the youngsters – whose club was back then known by a different name – three or four years ago.”He most definitely means a lot to all the kids on the team,” said Bill Sommers, Max’s dad and Two Rivers’ team manager, “especially to those who had the opportunity probably to meet him. He came and talked to the juniors, kind of shared his story in terms of how he came up. He encouraged them to ride their bikes and just stay active, if not riding a bike then doing other sports.”Things like that make a world of difference to a young athlete. Julich’s also lent financial support to the kids of Two Rivers.As James Otis relayed for a Post Independent article on youth cycling last summer, Julich is known to pay close attention to what goes on in his old stomping grounds as far as cycling is concerned.”He deserves huge kudos,” Otis said last August. “He had a huge yard sale in Pennsylvania of bike stuff. He came up with $4,500. He turned around and immediately wrote a check for that amount [to give to the kids].”What the kids seem to like best about him is that he’s an upstanding citizen in a sport that, well, has had its fair share of trouble in that area, a sport in which a new doping allegation seems to surface every minute.”I just like how honest he is and just his integrity,” said Two Rivers’ Ryan Lake, 15. “Bobby has a good heart. I would just be appalled if he would do something like [doping]. He wouldn’t do it.”Ryan’s brother, Evan, shared similar praise for their cycling idol.”He’s a really nice guy,” the 12-year-old cycler said. “He’s definitely a positive role model.””He actually hung out with our team and rode with us during a practice,” 11-year-old Ian, the youngest Lake brother, said.It’s no leap to say that Julich has some fans here on the Western Slope. Fans who may someday his fill his shoes as a professional cycler.Contact Jeff Caspersen: email@example.com
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