Lael Wilcox finishes Tour Divide 2015 in 17:01:51

You probably know that I don’t care much about bike racing (which means it’s going to be hard to go to Velo Cult in July, since they’ll be playing TdF ALL THE TIME), but Lael is a friend of the Urban Adventure League. And right now she is the fastest woman EVER to ride the Tour Divide, chopping off the old record by TWO DAYS. And she did it while suffering from some nasty health issues like bronchitis! So, congratulations Lael, you are bad-ass!

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Lael was in and out of Silver City, NM in a hurry.  Despite the late hour, the 128 miles to the border, and a bloody knee and bruised shoulder, she pushed to the finish and kept ahead of her nearest competitors.  She is the first to Antelope Wells after the record-setting lead group of  male riders.  Photo courtesy Lucas O’Laughlin.

Lael Wilcox pedaled to the Antelope Wells, NM border crossing this morning at 9:47AM Mountain Time, with a total transit time of 17 days 1 hour and 51 minutes (17:01:51) from Banff, Alberta, Canada.  Her time improves upon Eszter Horanyi’s 2012 record of 19:03:35 by more than two days.

Lael pedaled from her home in Anchorage, Alaska to the start of the Tour Divide in Banff, Alberta.  Recently returning from a ten-month period of bicycle travel in Eastern Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East, she quickly prepared a new…

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