Sara Zalesky, Educational Contributor

Sara Zalesky has been an indoor cycling instructor for over 12 years, with certifications from Spinning, Keiser, and Cycling Fusion. Jennifer Sage’s early Tour de France profiles were Sara’s first introduction into the European peloton. Watching the excitement unfold during the races ignited a passion that continues with each new season.

Sara’s eclectic musical tastes date back to early childhood, when music from ELO and the Beatles was often heard playing in the living room. Flash forward to the ’80s and ’90s, and Brit pop was the dominating influence, although she also listened to albums from Rush, Van Halen, Pink Floyd, Genesis, and U2. Through the ensuing years, Sara’s ear for big sound led her to the music she plays during her classes: songs with an intense feel, often big-budget movie scores and trailers, perfect for long, lonely climbs and action-packed racing profiles.

Being a huge fan of the women’s peloton, Sara’s Twitter feed is often full of tweets from the pro cyclists themselves and articles about training, racing, and the evolution of women’s cycling.

Sara is also an author, and her first novel, Wheeler, is a romantic sports/women’s fiction about a female professional cyclist racing with her team during the 2015 UCI Women’s World Championship calendar.