About Sara

Sara Byers is a Elite Canadian Provincial and National Champion in road and track cycling. Based in Niagara and racing with
Kallisto-FCV p/b Toyo Tires (Forest City Velodrome) and Canada's National Sprint Team, upcoming goals include
2015 Pan Am Championships, Track World Cup and Rio 2016 Olympics.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Passions: Compare & Contrast

1 goal race + 1 12mill museum opening = a crazy couple of weeks!

July 15th marked my second ever Provincial Championship Road Race and I seem to have established a solid tradition of receiving bronze on the podium along with past PK team mate Suzie who again took silver. Thank you team mate Julie, mechanic/feeder Dave and Stevens Bikes and The Cyclery for making this dark and stormy day brighter. Proud of gold medalist Candice who (although riding for different teams) I'm partial to as we ride together in the St. Catharines Club and encourage eachother's ventures into other disciplines, she to road and I to track.

Most remarkable to me about this race, which is the closest Ontario comes to a climber's course besides Niagara Classic, was that the podium was given up without contest to two known sprinters. Thank you climbers and tt'ists for not attacking anywhere near the hills. Score!

Ah yes, and what made this day epic? A fifty minute delay mid race for torrential t-storms, hundled with Julie under a tree shivering (big thanks to the Creswicke family for shelter and keeping spirits up!) and another hour podium delay for same, but cannot complain: it's a race and a podium!

Seconds after the finish. The face that says: Third again.. really.
Photo credit www.racedayrush.com

Grand Opening of the Niagara Falls History Museum that is my works' homebase took place on July 21st. I have never seen anything like the volume of crowds and giddy, pride filled faces that day. That is how our history and accomplishments on this earth should be honoured! Not to mention that it took alot of blood, sweat and tears to make it all happen.. a bit of a relief to know that we got it right. Only an exceptional project team could make it happen and that we have! Thank you approximately 1000 friends, family, community who lined up for hours in the sun and heat to get the first peek. I'm so proud to be part of this journey and grateful for the leadership of all who had the vision and made it happen.

Out with the old...

..and in with the new (and old).

So, now on to a new chapter. What's next?

Get the track legs back at Forest City Velodrome for Ontario Track Provincials, August 3rd & 4th. Secret training epitomized as I go by the assumed name Jeff Poulsen on My Laps tracker. Without Jeff's ongoing support through a bike loan I wouldn't be doing this, so a big heartfelt thank you Jeff for getting me hooked! Bye bye wind, rough pavement and hills. I'm ready for pure power and speed!

The momentum at the museums has not waivered since opening. July 22nd saw the Battle Ground Hotel Museum host refreshments and tours after Lundy's Lane Historical Society's commemorative service on the Lundy's Lane battlefield as well as Summer Sun Days children's programming. This Sunday July 29th children's programmes continue at BGH and Willoughby Historical Museum sets the stage for the museums' Philosopher in Residence, Stan Skreszewski to lead a Philosopher's Cafe on the meaning of cultural and historical artefacts - What truths do they reveal?

Summer's half over already. Get out and enjoy it! See you on the road :)

Raising the Welland Canal lift bridge with Christina Martyk
on our coffee ride to Niagara-on-the-Lake. YAY COFFEE!!