If you've followed elite cross racing the past two years, you've read the name Sally Annis in the results. Sally is one of the top cross racers in the country and one of the main stars this year in the very competitive New England cross scene. Sally has had an incredible year so far racing for the Crossresults.com/ JRA Cycles team, with numerous podium appearances against many of the best riders from the US and abroad.
We caught up with Sally after her recent 2nd place at the NEPCX series race in Warwick, Rhode Island to learn more about this cross phenom and her bike- the RX1;
I started racing for the Crossresults.com team in the 2010 season and they are familiar with all the latest and greatest equipment, which is the opposite from myself because I tend to race on whatever I can get my hands on. My first race with the team, the director, picked up my bike and said "whoa, what is going on here? This is heavy!" I said it was the lightest bike I had and it seemed to work ok. I had a good 2010 season and was getting onto podiums, so about halfway through the season, my team was able to get me onto a BH RX1 with some carbon tubular Revolution wheels. JRA Cycles set the bike up for me and when I first started riding the BH RX1, I quickly learned the difference between a standard bike and a high-end performace bike. The BH RX1 is super fast (I felt like I didn't even have to pedal and it would just go!), it came up to speed very quickly allowing me to accelerate out of corners at speeds I didn't know I was capable of, and it was so light that run-ups and barriers became easy.
I was amazed at the difference having a high end, performance bicycle makes on my ability to race. I was able to race with some of the fastest racers in the country and I was going faster than I had ever raced before. In addition to going fast, the BH RX1 is super fun to ride. It is stiff, it corners well and I am always amazed how quickly it comes up to speed.
I am still riding the BH RX1 in the 2011 season and it has served me well once again. I have raced this season entirely in New England and had the privledge to race against some top Europeans in the early season, along with the usual assortment of former olympians, national champions, and top riders in the country throughout the entire season. The BH RX1 is still going super fast, carrying me to podium finishes, and allowing me to race with the best riders in the US. I am now getting ready to head to Madison for the National Championships and looking forward to seeing what the BH can do against all the best riders in the US.
- I live in Nashua, NH
- I have been racing cyclocross for 5 years
- I started racing mountain bikes in local races just for fun about 10 years ago, then transitioned over to road racing in 2006, spent a couple of years racing on the road at a national level, and because I live in New England when the road season ends, that means Cyclocross begins.
- I am now primarily racing cyclocross and doing occasional road races.
- In the off-season, I enjoy getting out skiing or surfing.
Keep an eye out for Sally at Nationals... we certainly will be.
(Photos graciously provided by Natalia Boltukhova/ Pedal Power Photography.)