Anna Sanders

ANNA SANDERS

  • Location: Phoenix, AZ
  • Age: 34
  • Occupation: Professional Cyclist and Director of Coaching – Sigma Human Performance

I received my B.S. degree in Exercise Science and Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from The University of Mississippi. During my undergraduate career I was a 4-year starter on the Ole Miss Rebels Soccer Team. While completing my master’s degree I served as graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Ole Miss Rebels athletic department and completed an internship in strength and conditioning at Auburn University where I worked with 14 Olympian swimmers. After completing my master’s degree I became the assistant soccer coach at The University of Arkansas where I spent 4 years coaching the LadyBack Soccer Team. During this time I competed as a triathlete and road cyclist, and was the Arkansas State; Triathlon Champion, Criterium and Road Race Champion. In 2008, I moved to Phoenix, AZ where I joined the Arizona State Sun Devils as assistant soccer coach. While coaching I still managed to compete in triathlons and cycling events. I represented Team USA in the Age Group World Championships Triathlon in Vancouver, Canada where I finished second among Americans and 12th overall in my age group. I have competed for the past 3 seasons with the FCS Women’s Cycling Team, and also competes in several endurance mountain biking events across the state of Arizona. As the Director of Coaching I conduct metabolic testing at Sigma’s testing lab in Phoenix, AZ. I enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling, whiskey and spending time with my cute fiancé, Clint Sparks and his 5 year old little girl, Taylor Sparks.

STRENGTHS

  • Sprinter 100%
  • All Around 100%

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2014

  • 1st – Overall – Valley of Fire Stage Race  Stage 1, 3 and GC
  • 1st Not so Underground Crit
  • 2nd Joe Martin Stage Race – Sprint Competition
  • 3rd Joe Martin Stage Race, Stage 2
  • 3rd Valley of Fire Stage Race, Stage 2
  • 7th Joe Martin Stage Race, GC
  • 7th Valley of the Sun, Stage 2 and GC
  • 11th Valley of the Sun, Stage 1
  • 13th Cascade Classic, GC
  • 13th Tour of the Gila, Stage 5
  • 14th Redlands Classic, Stage 5
  • 15th Cascade Classic, Stage 4

2013

  • 2nd Place The Benton Park Classic

2011

  • 1st – Tucson Bicycle Classic – Stage 2
  • 1st – South Mountain Time Trial
  • 1st – Arizona Road Race Championship
  • 2nd – Bike the Bluff Road Race
  • 3rd – Valley of the Sun Stage Road Race
  • 4th -Tucson Bicycle Classic – Stage 1 (6th overall)
  • 10th -SRAM Tour of the Gila Stage 1

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