Despite months of preparation, an unlucky twist of fate on the drive to the starting line of the Tour Divide nearly forced Sarah Swallow to withdraw from the event before it even started. Find a link to read Sarah’s story over on the Rapha blog here…

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There’s a long list of reasons why riders bow out of the 2,750-mile Tour Divide unsupported bike race each year, from bad weather, to exhaustion, to trailside mechanicals, to dwindling motivation, but Rapha-sponsored rider Sarah Swallow (@sarahjswallow) was nearly forced to pull the plug before the 2021 event for an entirely unexpected reason: her bike flying off the back of her car at high speed while driving to the starting line.

  • Sarah Swallow
  • Sarah Swallow
  • Sarah Swallow
“I dropped the bike back on the ground in nauseous shock and walked back to the car without it. My race was over.”

Over on the Rapha blog, Sarah shares the story of the catastrophic moment when her race rig went soaring into the air and the tale of her last-minute scramble to find someone who could help get her cracked carbon fiber Specialized back into rideable condition—if that was even possible—in time for her to ride the Tour Divide as planned.

  • Sarah Swallow
  • Sarah Swallow
Sarah Swallow

Find the full story and more photos over at

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