"The bike makes me calm and mentally sparky - and keeps me out of trouble."
Sara's health issues make it difficult for her to ride as much as she'd like, but she believes she might put her life out of balance if she were able to. Nonetheless, she loves competing and excels in races where technical prowess makes up for raw power.
"I try to find technical areas in the course that can gain me a few seconds on my rivals," she says.
As a category 3 racer who is also a masters racer, Sara often finds herself wishing she had more age-group peers against which to test her mettle, but she loves a good race whether that takes place at the front of the field or elsewhere.
"I define success as pushing my body to the edge and making a worthy effort - no quitting, being bold, and not letting anyone get into my head," Sara says.
|Spooky Cross, Altoona, IA 2015|