Name: Sarah Bonneville
What was your first race experience like?
I remember my first race vividly. At the time, I was doing some bike courier work and had much confidence as we swam up the 35W rush hour traffic. I was a few weeks out of my intro track class and my spirit animal, Tiana Johnson, convinced me to try a real race. I showed up in yoga pants and a snickered Bern helmet. Ms. Johnson generously let me borrow a jersey, pedals, and shoes. I had no such gear of which to speak.
The race began with an all-levels women’s field rolling off the rail. I remember the g-force pull as we took the corners, the unbelievable proximity of these other riders, and my white knuckles glued to my handlebars. It was incredible.
Needless to say, I was very much dropped from the pack, lapped and lapped again. Maybe lapped once more. I was over-joyed to find out there were not only women-identifying racers, but those who were incredibly powerful athletes that I could even aspire to beat. Some good seeds were planted that day.
What are your bike-related goals?
What are your non bike-related goals?
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