Welcome to the second newsletter update for 2011. Below are few interesting newsy pieces to keep you in the loop of all the happenings. I hope you are happy, well and enjoying your pushie!

WIN a Cycling Skills Course!!
The Gold Coast Bulletin is giving you the chance to win a Cycling Skills Course with Sara Carrigan! Enter NOW!
Go to www.goldcoast.com.au/cyclingskills

2 ½ years since retirement
In has been just over 2 ½ years now since I officially retired from competitive sport after the Beijing Olympic Games. In this time, I have taken much pleasure in sharing my love of cycling and years of knowledge and experience with hundreds of people.

I love teaching people to ride. I love showing people what they can enjoy on a bike. I love being a part of people’s journey of overcoming fears and feeling excited and proud of themselves. I love it when these new, ‘never cycled before’ people become hooked on their bicycle. I love it when people’s eyes are opened up to a whole other world of freedom, endorphins, relationships and happiness. I love how the simple act of ‘learning to ride’ turns into so much more.

One of my students last month was the Paradise Magazine Editor, Lindsay Saunders, who wrote about his experiences in the Gold Coast Bulletin last week.
Take a look at the article here now…

Sara Carrigan takes on a New Ambassadorial Role
I have ridden my bike a quite a few cool places but last month, I rode straight into the Gold Coast Council Chambers and right into a council meeting! I rode straight up to where Mayor Ron Clarke was seated at his pulpit in front of all 14 councilors and officially accepted my role the role of the Active Travel Ambassador for the Gold Coast, It was all a very cool experience!

Being the ambassador of this initiative is exciting for me because I can help people to enjoy making an active step towards a happier, healthier, more productive lifestyle. The Active Travel program is a fantastic initiative as it is mostly about people embracing a positive change in their life – to be out and about feeling alive, soaking up the beautiful outdoors for a ride/walk/run or meeting others and being social. Being active on our way to work can boost our mental capacities to be more productive for the rest of the day, and we are doing our bit for the environment, traffic congestion, our wallet, and of course our health and happiness.
Take a look at the video and story here now…

Getting Tech Savvy
We are on Twitter and Facebook, if you wish to keep you up to date with all the happenings. If you are not on either of these two networks, that’s ok as most updates appear under the ‘News Headline’ section on the home page of www.saracarrigan.com. If you aren’t already following us click here…
www.facebook.com/saracarrigancycling
www.twitter.com/saracarrigan
I have a number of new and exciting plans in the pipeline that I look forward to unveiling soon!

In the meantime, get on ya bike and enjoy the wonders that come with it … feel alive and feel free!
See you soon,
Sara