For a rider who first got in the saddle as an adult, Lael has cycled far and wide. Her first big feat was riding every inch of Alaska and now, with Rapha, she’s ready to embark on a whole new set of adventures.05 February 2021
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.”
In 2018, Lael decided she wanted to take on the women’s record for the Tour Divide. With the support of her partner, filmmaker Rugile Kaladyte, she attempted the overall 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.
Formally the Navad-1000, the Hope-1000 is a non-stop bikepacking race through Switzerland, from Romanshorn on Lake Constance to Montreux on Lake Geneva, where riders are greeted by a statue of the great Freddie Mercury.
TOUR DIVIDE FKT
Traversing the Rocky Mountains on the 2,745-mile Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR), Tour Divide is a test of self-reliance and endurance. Lael already holds the women’s record for the Tour Divide and this year she’s determined to take the overall record.
Lael’s kit will be put through its paces as she takes on rides and races that push her to her own limits.
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A versatile, lightweight, and packable down jacket for adventures in unpredictable weather conditions.
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SOUPLESSE RACE BIB SHORTS
A pair of high-performance, detachable bib shorts created for comfort in the chaos.
A pair of lightweight, breathable shorts for comfort on the bike and perfect in hot and humid conditions.
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