Sarah Roy

Sarah Roy (cycling) competed on both road and track at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, claiming bronze in the road race. It was the Sydneysider’s second Commonwealth Games appearance after a fifth-place finish on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Sarah’s sporting career started in triathlons but after participating in a six-week study on altitude training for cyclists at the Australian Institute of Sport in 2009, she departed with a new career in mind. Hip and knee injuries delayed her transition and she credits 2006 Commonwealth Games road race champion Natalie Bates for getting her career on track.  

Roy moved to France in 2014 and rode for the Orica-AIS team for six seasons before switching to Canyon-SRAM in 2022.

In 2021, she won the national road race with a stunning 30km solo ride, a year after undergoing reconstructive surgery for iliac artery endo fibrosis, a condition that accounts for nearly 20 per cent of all overuse leg injuries in professional cyclists. That victory came seven years after her first national title – the women’s elite criterium when she didn’t even own a bike.

A few months after the Birmingham Games, Sarah won her first world championship medal in Wollongong – another bronze in the mixed team time trial relay.

Sport / Discipline

Cycling - Road, Cycling - Track

Birth Place

St Leonards

Birth state


Date of Birth




Gold Coast, 2018

Birmingham, 2022

Results History


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Education Details:

Bachelor of Exercise Science, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. Master of clinical physiology (rehabilitation), Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia - currently studying.

Club details:

Sydney Uni Velo.

Why did you begin your sport?

I was inspired by watching Anna Meares on the track at the Olympics when I was young but ended up getting into triathlon for a few years before being selected into a cycling talent ID program and haven't looked back since.

Do you have any pre-competition routines or rituals?

I have an activation routine that I do but nothing exciting.

What is your most memorable sporting achievement?

Being selected for my first world championships. I was so excited.

Who is your hero / idol, and why? Have you ever met them?

I don't have one hero/idol in particular. I am inspired by and look up to lots of awesome people around me every day.

Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?

Natalie Kaebisch (nee Bates). Nat has guided me through complicated injuries and stuck by me even when I didn't show a great deal of potential. She is brutally honest, she challenges me and is extremely generous with her time and knowledge. I wouldn't be where I am if it wasn't for Nat.

Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?

I could almost say that food is my hobby. I love cooking with friends, baking, eating, trying new foods and food experiences around the world and I also love food photography.

What is your sporting ambition?

I aim to be the best athlete I can be on and off the bike. I want to become a credible athlete that can give back, can help/inspire others through my experiences.


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