The German professional cyclist for road and track, Ricarda Bauernfeind, is the second-born child to her parents, Frances Greathead and Brian Davis.
Ricarda first got interested in bike racing at 12, when her brother introduced her to the sport.
At first, her parents were hesitant to allow her to participate in the sport, deeming it too risky.
However, after witnessing her eagerness, they ultimately purchased a new bike for her and provided encouragement for her pursuits.
Ricarda Bauernfeind is a German professional road cyclist who rides for UCI Women’s World Team Canyon-SRAM.
Bauernfeind began her sporting career in 2012 with RC Germania and won the International Kids Tour Berlin in the U13 class in 2013.
After a year, she started competing with the RSG Ansbach club and became the German junior champion in the team pursuit on the track in 2017.
Moreover, she won bronze in the team pursuit at the European Track Junior Championships in 2018.
However, her official contract with an international professional team came in 2022 when she got linked with Canyon-SRAM generation.
Ricarda’s breakthrough came in the 2023 season when she switched from the junior team to the UCI Women’s World Team Canyon SRAM Racing.
Recently, Bauernfeind became the youngest stage winner after a 36-kilometer solo run in stage five with a breakaway victory by a margin of 22 seconds at the Tour de France Femmes.
Ricarda Bauernfeind Eltern (Parents)
Ricarda Bauernfeind grew up in Eichstätt, Munich, with her eltern (parents) Frances Greathead (mother) and Brian Davis (father) alongside her elder brother.
She got interested in the sport when her brother got a road bike, and she wanted one too. However, her parents were not too enthusiastic about the idea.
“My parents weren’t so happy about it because they thought it would be too dangerous for a young girl,” she said in an interview.
During a family vacation, the younger sister’s determination and skill in jogging up a mountain with her older brother finally convinced their parents.
And they weren’t left with any other choice but to buy her a bike.
After a brief shopping trip in Munich on the way back from vacation, she packed a Scott racing bike in her luggage. Bauernfeind then started racing at the age of 12.
Ricarda maintains a certain level of privacy and does not reveal much about her personal life and family.
Moreover, her parents are not available on any social media platform and prefer to maintain a low-key profile.
The elder brother is a professional triathlete and has an Instagram account as @gabba.3 but keeps it private.
Ricarda Bauernfeind Wants To Be A Teacher
On her Instagram bio, the athlete writes, “studying to become a teacher.”
From a young age, Ricarda Bauernfeind’s eltern wanted her to focus on her education alongside her cycling career.
She completed high school in sports, nutrition, and home economics during the pandemic.
After riding on the road and track as a junior, Ricarda Bauernfeind took a hiatus from pro cycling to complete her degree.
“I didn’t think I was good enough to make the pro peloton and be a full-time pro cyclist. So I went to university instead,” Ricarda said during the pandemic about her fading enthusiasm for cycling.
However, she joined Canyon-SRAM in 2023 and pursued cycling while continuing her studies.
Moreover, Ricarda coaches herself and does most of the Zwift races and a few national races.