The term 'hero' is thrown around fairly loosely in this day and age but in the case of Tim Guy, you'd be bang on the mark if you called him one.
The 30-year-old Ljubljana Gusto Santic cyclist has been heading back and forth between Slovenia and Australia for the last five years and has recently hit a new hurdle in light of the COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The Orange High graduate was scheduled to spend the next eight months in Slovenia but isn't going anywhere anytime soon, and in a bid to stay occupied during his cycling hiatus, will take up a role at Cowra High School in term two where he'll teach English and PE.
What makes his life story even more astounding is that Guy's been plagued by a gruelling battle with mental health in which he's fought off severe anxiety and depression for over a decade.
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But now isn't the time for Guy to feel sorry for himself and says the best way to keep himself from slipping away mentally is to keep as busy as he can.
"Teaching at Cowra and training every day should keep me ticking over and stop my head from going crazy," Guy said.
"It's not helpful to think about when your next race is because you don't know when that's going to be so I'll just keep training and try not to think about it."
Even though Guy's an English/PE teacher by trade, he's found himself in the metalwork department in previous stints with schools and while he'd be happy to take on that role again, he'd be relieved to even get into a classroom with everything that's going on.
"Who the hell knows what my teaching role at Cowra will even be," Guy said.
"Either way, it's another thing that will keep me busy and keep me ticking over."
While the travel bans were only implemented in last fortnight, Guy and his team already made a decision to sit out a few upcoming tournaments.
"A lot of the racing in the next month or so is in Northern Italy and our team had already made the decision to flick those events," he said.
"But now, cycling's been flicked altogether. All the racing is off until at least the start of May but there's no way it will come back then either.
"There's a good chance there'll be nothing on this year. We've got some Asian sponsors so we might be able to do a bit of racing there on the way home but might not end up doing much in Europe at all. All of the Slovenia races in June have been cancelled as well."
To many, cycling is just riding a bike but Guy's speciality is more specific than that as he flourishes on the inclines. "My role is more of a climber and I also help manage the team as well," he said.
Guy described Ljubljana Gusto Santic as a 'second tier professional 'group of cyclists that features many athletes from many different countries.
Most of the riders in the team are Slovenian but there's also a pair of Croats, an American, a Japanese, one Taiwanese and a pair of Aussies (himself and Canberra's Dylan Hopkins).
Despite travelling back and forth between Europe since 2016, Guy was officially recruited to Ljubljana Gusto Santic two years ago after he rode with a Taiwanese-based group where one of the members was looking to start his own team.
"They liked how I raced and my background and they took me on board," he said.
"Europe is where you want to be as an up and coming cyclist."
Guy's been back at Orange since the end of November where he got the chance to spend the holiday period around his friend and family before preparing to head back to Europe for the March-October swing where he and his team mostly make their way to events in cars or vans.
But now, everything might be about to change as the cancellation of the Slovenian-based events will negatively impact his team's financial status.
"We might have to cut or reduce some salaries," he said.
For now, Guy's plan is to stay in shape by sticking to a strict training schedule before he gets the call-up to teach at Cowra in the second term.
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