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Sara Ellis’ Ultimate Fitness Puts the Pedal to the Metal

Former pro mountain biker’s 11-year-old fitness studio invites rock band to perform during spin class, with raucous results.

Bassist Atom Ellis, guitarist Jon Axtell and drummer Prairie Prince perform during a spin class at Ultimate Fitness. Courtesy photo.
Bassist Atom Ellis, guitarist Jon Axtell and drummer Prairie Prince perform during a spin class at Ultimate Fitness. Courtesy photo.
Sara Ellis, former pro mountain biker and owner of Ultimate Fitness on Miller Ave., has hit a plethora of peaks, both literal and figurative, in her career.

The highlights include having mountain biking icon Tinker Juarez take her under his wing in the early 1990s, signing with the juggernaut Volvo-Cannondale team a few years later, winning the Volkswagen Challenge stage race and placing third in the cross-country stage of the Tour of Hawaii, capped by an interview with legendary cycling commentator Phil Liggett.

But the adrenaline rush of those achievements was matched earlier this year when a trio of stalwart musicians performed a raucous set of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix covers during one of Ellis’ spin classes, providing a riotous soundtrack and an inimitable moment for all involved.

To read the full story and watch the video, click here to visit the Enjoy Mill Valley Blog.

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