by Andrew Crisp
After the Exergy Tour finished parading all of the participating teams across the stage for photo opportunities and introductions Wednesday, 31-year-old cyclist Anna Sanders from Phoenix milled about the tent before heading back to her hotel room.
"I used to coach soccer at Arizona State University, and Nebraska before that. But a professor told me, "You know, you got some big ole legs,'" said Sanders.
Riding for the Primal/MapMyRide team, Sanders has gained a reputation for her hill climbing skills, as well as her strength as an all-around stage racer. She placed in the Top 20 in the general classification at Valley of the Sun, the Tour of the Gila and Redlands Classic. She also received an invitation to a Colorado Springs, Colo., training camp at the Olympic Training Center, the USA Cycling Women’s Endurance Talent ID Camp.
While the Olympics aren't in her sights for this year, Sanders didn't rule out a push for the team in the future.
Sanders ditched a corporate lifestyle in favor of following cycling glory with little more than three years in the sport. She said that while she has not been racing for long—and had only ridden professionally in the United States—she hoped to hit the hills of Europe someday.
While visiting Boise for the first time, she said she hoped to find some down time before the frenetic prologue race through downtown on Thursday.