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Cafe Ride: Sarah Swallow on life as a full-time adventure cyclist

By Reese Ruland

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In 2015 Sarah Swallow closed her bike shop and embarked on a 5,000-mile bicycle tour on dirt roads across the U.S. Since this trip, Swallow has pursued a life and career doing what she loves to do as an adventure cyclist, route developer, event promoter, writer, consultant, and advocate. Sarah believes living and working this way is a privilege and a journey with many highs and lows, but the connections, growth opportunities, freedom, and inspiration she gains from it are worth it.


The Café Ride is an Instagram Live conversation series dedicated to telling the stories of amazing women, building community, and educating and inspiring fellow cyclists. This conversation series features women from various aspects of the cycling community. You’ll meet and hear stories from women who are recreational athletes, product developers, nutrition experts, or professional cyclists. The goal is to inspire, educate, and connect women from all over the world.

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  • 5000 miles is a healthy distance. Did you have fenders on your Gravel bike? Did you have down swept handle bars or, the more straight bars common with a mountain bike? What was your daily average mileage? Did you carry paneers or have a sag wagon to carry your food, tools etc?

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