Currently studying a bachelor’s degree in science along with a
diploma of languages in Spanish
All-Around Rider, Climbing and Time Trialing
2019 Elite Australian RR Champion
2019 U23 Australian TT & RR Champion
2019 U23 Oceania TT & RR Champion
2018 U19 World Points Race Silver Medalist
2018 U19 Australian RR, TT & Criterium Champion
2018 U19 Australian Points Race, Madison and Team Pursuit Champion
2018 U19 Oceania Road Race Champion
Australian standout Sarah Gigante has been racing for 11 years throughout the junior ranks and is entering her first year as a professional cyclist in 2020. Sarah won the 2019 Australian Road National Championships, securing both the Elite and U23 titles, in addition to the U23 Time Trial title. In 2018, Gigante was 1st in the U19 Australian National Championships in the Road Race, Time Trial and Criterium. A stellar student, Sarah completed high school with the highest possible score, placing within the top 0.05% of students in her state. Sarah is currently in her first year at the University of Melbourne and is part of the university’s Elite Athlete Program.
// Q&A with Sarah
I love the challenge the sport provides, as well as the social aspect of suffering through tough yet beautiful rides with training buddies. The team aspect of the sport is amazing, and I also love how there is such a direct correlation between what you put in and what you get out.
What's your motivation to train on those extra tough, cold-weather days?
I usually train with my friends, so I would be sad to miss out on the fun! Another thing that motivates me is always striving to be better than I was yesterday. Not much feels better than a hard-earned personal record!
I love the Tour de Burbs bunch ride in Melbourne. It is a midweek evening ride that just goes through the suburbs of Melbourne, and there is quite a lot of traffic, but it’s always super hard! I love that you never know who will show up - everyone is welcome! - but what you do know is that it’ll be a great hit out no matter what!
Winning the 2019 Australian Elite Road Race National Championship at the age of 18 was completely unexpected and the coolest feeling in the world!
Keep learning, acquire more overseas racing experience, be a good teammate, keep getting stronger and most of all, to have fun! I'd love to do well at the Australian National Championships in the time trial and road race in particular, and I am also hoping that I can make it over to some hilly stage races like Ardèche and/or the Tour of the Gila too.
When not riding, I like to...:
Play with my cat Lilo, find someone else’s dog to pat, go to the beach, catch up on university lectures, watch movies in Spanish or French and call it 'studying’, analyse random Strava segments for fun, do a core session or maybe just completely chill out!
Favorite warmup song:
Waka Waka by Shakira
Favorite post-ride food:
Eggs and kidney beans - delicious!
Any advice to future // aspiring cyclists?
Make sure you have fun and love what you do!
Race often and go for rides with people who are faster than you :)
One of the most exciting aspects about moving to California for me is that I will be approximately 12000km closer to Disneyland than I currently am. I absolutely love theme parks and rollercoasters and absolutely think we need to take a team bonding trip there!