Yay for Lael who just set a new personal (and women’s) record on the Great Divide!
Lael takes her helmet off at the finish. She arrived in Antelope Wells at 4:59 PM MT, for a time of 15:10:59. Below, pushing to Antelope Wells.
Lael Wilcox raced the Tour Divide in June. Arriving home in May from an extended period of bicycle travel, she prepared a bike for the race and rode from her home in Alaska to the start in Banff, over 2100 miles away. She finished the Tour Divide in 17:01:51, setting a new women’s record despite battling bronchitis for the first week, with lingering symptoms to the finish. The previous women’s record of 19:03:35 was set by Eszter Horanyi in 2012.
Returning home to Alaska in July, Lael decided that she had the time, energy, and equipment for another fast ride down the Divide, in the same summer. Again, she prepared her bike and body and left Anchorage for Banff, taking a ferry from Whittier…
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