Sarah began her cycling career at age eight when introduced to the sport by her father, Cliff. Sarah was a quick study with her first junior national title coming in 1995; the same year that Rebecca Twigg won the last women’s World Championship Track gold medal for the United States. Eleven years later, and twenty national titles later, Sarah put an end to American gold medal drought by taking the win and rainbow World Championship jersey in Bordeaux, France. Sarah has now squarely set her sights on another goal – a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics.
Burned out from the rigors of competitive cycling, Sarah gave up the sport after just two years as an elite rider. Not intending to return, she sold most of her equipment, went to school and worked various odd jobs. However during the 2004 Athens Games, Sarah was inspired to make a comeback after watching her teammates and competitors race on the sport’s biggest stage. Later that year, Sarah got back on the bike and has been a force on both the domestic and international circuit ever since.
Sarah’s pursuit for perfection seems to go well beyond the #1 world ranking she owns within the sport of cycling. Besides being at the top of the sport, Sarah also strives to live an an all-around life. Sarah spends time developing her off-the-bike gifts as she diligently works to excel in her undergraduate studies, loyal personal and professional relationships and raising two spirited yet disciplined canines.