Wilhelms had ridden TIME earlier in his career and now was grateful to be back on them. From that point on, he rode TIME Pedals whenever possible during his career.
And his cycling career has more thrills and chills than a hairy mass sprint.
In 1993, Wilhelms had perhaps his most successful season, winning 17 races, including three stages of the Tour of Sweden. Then, still in his early 20s, he abruptly retired. Wilhelms returned home to help his father save the family car business. He didn’t ride for more than five years, gaining 20kg (44 pounds).
In 1999, he returned to racing. He trimmed fat and regained his muscular sprinter’s physique. He signed with Team Nürnberger and then Team Coast, winning numerous races on TIME, including the overall, the points classification, and two stages of the Tour of Qatar. He then rode for famed Bianchi Team in 2003. He finished his racing career competing in six-day races on the velodrome, again on TIME Pedals.
After racing, Wilhelms joined the bike industry. A senior race technician, he has worked at SRAM for more than a decade. Wilhelms is a liaison with SRAM’s sponsored pro teams and athletes. He supplies and educates athletes and team mechanics on SRAM gear, provides equipment advice, and relays feedback from professional athletes to SRAM’s product teams.