Juliana Bicycles - Emily Sabelhaus

Emily Sabelhaus


What’s your day job?
Aside from riding my bike a whole lot, I’m a full time pediatric occupational therapist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. My favorite part of my job is helping some really sick kids get healthy and strong enough to discharge from the hospital, go home, and get on with growing up! Might sound like a generic answer but this really is the BEST part! My least favorite part? The paperwork. 
Who’s your favorite riding buddy and why? 
KO! She pushes me to give that “maybe I’ll try it next year" feature a second glance, and I let her. Then suddenly we’re taking a walk-through, then a roll-through, and that very same feature goes from the “maybe next year” list to the “nailed it” list. 
When did you start mountain biking?
I started mountain biking in 2007 when I was living in CO. It began as a way to pass the time between winters when I was skiing my face off, until I realized how ripping through the trees on a bike was just as exciting as ripping through the trees on skis. Before I knew it, I was hooked!
What’s the thing you love second to cycling?
Bikes. Travel. Racing. This spectacular trio allows me to feed three of my passions at once. Doesn’t get much better than that. 
Do you feel that you have a good balance in your life? If yes, how do you achieve that? If no, what's off balance and why? Yes and No. I truly enjoy racing, and as much as I’d love to call this my real job, obviously it’s not. So, like all of us, I prioritize. Work and family come first. Bikes and training second. Always. That can be a tough pill for me to swallow as I'd like to believe I have the time, energy, and PTO to do all of the above seamlessly! I don’t, and that’s okay, but I’m working on finding a way to balance it all a bit better. 
What’s your favorite ride snack? 
Muddy Buddies! Yes, the chocolate peanut buttery kind. 
If you left for a big mountain bike trip tomorrow, what are the top 3 things you couldn’t live without? 
My Roubion (obviously), my iPhone (I take WAY too many pictures), snacks (no explanation needed). 
What's one thing that no one knows about you? 
I twirled baton in 2nd grade... all the way through 8th grade. We wore blue and pink leotards, performed in parades and Christmas shows, and my favorite routine was to some Mariah Carey song I can’t remember. Don’t judge.
What’s your favorite local trail? 
In the summer I really enjoy a good rip on OTG 
Why is it your favorite? 
There’s nothing about it that’s particularly challenging, but it’s really flowly and fun to pump through. It’s also chock full of hidden side hits and features so the more you ride it, the more fun it becomes.
What’s one other thing in your life that is as good as this trail? 
Coffee. All of it. 


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