Founder/Instructor: Golnar Sharafsaleh has over 7 years of experience in the fitness industry and holds several national certifications. Her passion for indoor cycling started over 10 years ago. After dealing with several medical issues and undergoing numerous surgeries over the years, she has always used indoor cycling to recover and rebuild her strength. Her passion is to train and work with cancer survivors. She believes that the impossible is always possible and sometimes you just need to borrow a little strength from those around you. Her vision for LIfeCycle is to build a community where everyone feels empowered and can find a purpose in the moment. She believes if you can find purpose in every moment, you will eventually find the "why" in the fight to survive.
Instructor Maria Vlasak has taught indoor cycling for almost 20 years and managed a RealRyder studio for 5 of them. She is a three-time Team USA member and brought home a bronze medal from the ITU Duathlon World Championships. Closer to home, Maria was a Category 3 women’s road racer and won the Tour de Greenwich in 2005. She is also an above-average bowler, an excellent speller, and can recite all 50 states in alphabetical order. Maria teaches a true cycling class: no videos, no hand weights, no push-ups, no jumps. So, whether you’re an experienced bike racer or a new rider, if you want an intense, efficient, and safe workout, Maria’s class is for you.
Rachel is classically trained in ballet with 14 years in the Honolulu Ballet Theater and was a National Cheer/Dance competitor before leaving Hawaii to pursue her business degree in Miami. While in Miami, Rachel fused her love of dance with with her passion for fitness and received her Pole Fitness Certification before discovering Body and Soul Fitness...and Real Ryder bikes!! A NEW passion ignited, and she was inspired to get her Real Ryder Instructor Certification before moving up to Westport to be closer to family. She loves Real Ryder bikes so much that she refuses to ride on any other kind of indoor bike! Her goal is to inspire her students to push themselves past their comfort zone and most importantly have FUN (She is always open to song requests, so feel free to suggest some great music with awesome beats). When she is not in the studio, she is a Director of Operations for a technology company and seeking her Real Estate License.
Instructor Keri Harden left the finance world in 2007 and never looked back. An athlete all her life she took to triathlons and cycling as a means of keeping up her fitness. As a 5x Ironman athlete and two-time IM All-World Athlete she’ll challenge you to work out of your comfort zone. This mom of three will help inspire and motivate you to do the best you possibly can each time you step into a class. She is a MAD DOG certified cycling instructor and CPR/AED certified.
Director of Public Relations: Millie doesn't have much experience in cycling or any other real human sport; however, she gives amazing kisses and is a big part of LifeCycle Family. She specializes in chasing sticks, long distance running and digging holes in the backyard. You might not see Millie at the studio, however you will catch her at all of our outdoor cancer survivorship events.