Sarah Ulmer

World Champion and Olympic Gold Medal winning Cyclist

World champion cyclist and Gold Medalist at the Athens Olympics, Sarah Ulmer ONZM has what it takes to persist and achieve goals.

You would be hard pressed to find anyone more passionate about promoting cycling than Sarah Ulmer. Well known as cycling’s golden girl, Sarah is New Zealand's first ever, and currently only Olympic cycling champion, setting a world record at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens in the individual pursuit.

Her remarkable achievement earned her a Halberg Award and she has twice been the recipient of the prestigious Lonsdale Cup, awarded annually by the New Zealand Olympic Committee to a New Zealand athlete who has demonstrated the most outstanding contribution to an Olympic or Commonwealth sport during the previous year. 

With her competitive riding days behind her, Sarah is a strong advocate for recreational riding for health and wellbeing, and can be regularly seen commuting about town on her bike. She also enjoys riding with her family.

Sarah instigated the Cambridge Cycling Festival held annually on Anzac Day, is a Trustee on the board of Te Awa “The Great New Zealand River Ride” and board member of the New Zealand Cycle Trail and Drug Free Sport NZ. She was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to cycling in the 2005 New Year Honours list.

With her bubbly personality she exudes positivity and warmth and has a great story about achieving goals


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