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The Tour Divide

 

Some things you can control, others you can’t. Unfortunately, Lael Wilcox has had to scratch from her attempt to set a new outright record on the Tour Divide due to persistent smoke from wildfires that has made it impossible to continue riding. Having made good time so far, it is hugely disappointing for Lael to have to stop now but we’re absolutely certain that she’ll be back to make another attempt soon. We look forward to following her dot all the way next time and in the meantime, hope that the fire crews fighting the blaze stay safe.

LAEL WILCOX

Ultra-endurance bike rider and racer

@laelwilcox

Lael only started riding at 20 years old, and what began as a convenient way to commute soon turned into an 11-year journey around the world. Beginning in her hometown of Anchorage, she hitched rides on everything from a four-wheeler to a floatplane to ride every road in Alaska.

Next, Lael rode approximately 150,000 miles across 40 countries but it wasn’t until 2014 that she entered her first race - a 400-mile self-supported road race called The Fireweed 400. Since then, she’s set and broken records all over the world while working to get more women and girls on the bike.

“I'm more excited than I've ever been to keep riding and doing my best.”

“I've been balancing a mix of racing, travelling, designing routes and setting up programs to encourage more women and girls into adventure riding. Leaving on my first cross-country trip in 2008, I thought I'd be riding for a couple of months before I moved on with my life. That was 12 years ago, and I'm more excited than I've ever been to keep riding and doing my best.”

Over the last decade, Lael has biked across both the length and breadth of the United States several times. In 2015, Lael set the women’s record for the Tour Divide which stretches from Canada to the Mexican border. Riding west to east, Lael raced the Trans Am Bike Race and made it from coast to coast in just over 18 days, securing herself the overall win in 2016.

In 2018, Lael decided she wanted to take on the outright record for the Tour Divide. With the support of her partner, filmmaker Rugile Kaladyte, she attempted the overall Tour Divide record in 2019 but was met with unprecedented weather and, like many other riders, had to stop. Her plans for 2021? To smash the record of 13 days, 22 hours, 51 minutes.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

BADLANDS

Taking endurance riders to the edge of Europe, this 725km unsupported, gravel ride promises some of the most challenging climbs of the continent, from Cabo de Gata Natural Park to the Veleta Pas with over 15,000m of elevation.

LAEL'S KIT

Lael’s kit will be put through its paces as she takes on rides and races that push her to her own limits.

EXPLORE DOWN JACKET

A versatile, lightweight, and packable down jacket for adventures in unpredictable weather conditions.

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MERINO T-SHIRT

A crew neck t-shirt with a relaxed fit for effortless style on and off the bike.

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SOUPLESSE RACE BIB SHORTS

A pair of high-performance, detachable bib shorts created for comfort in the chaos.

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RANDONNÉE SHORTS

A pair of lightweight, breathable shorts for comfort on the bike and perfect in hot and humid conditions.

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