Thursday 19 October | 8:50am


Sarah Ulmer

Sarah Ulmer became NZ's first Olympic cycling gold medallist when she won the 3000 metre individual pursuit in Athens in 2004 in a World Record time. During her cycling career she also won World Championship and Commonwealth gold medals.

Sarah is now a mother of two and is working regionally on cycling friendly infrastructure in the Waikato and her hometown in Cambridge with a passion to create areas than inspire and encourage people to ride bikes more often. Her main focus is the construction of Te Awa – the Great NZ River Ride – a 70km cycle path along the Waikato River. She is also on the Board of the NZ Cycle Trail and Drugfree Sport NZ and was a member of the NZTA National Cycle Safety Panel in 2015. She also managed a downtown cycling event in Cambridge – the Twilight Cycling Festival, bringing hundreds of kids together with current World Medallists in a celebration of all things cycling.

In her spare time, she walks her first born (crazy redhead boxer called Scoobie), loves all things French and riding her bike (though lycra-free) around town – and very occasionally further afield.



Thursday 19 October  | 8:50am

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