Sheufelt top women’s solo rider in Race Across America

June 22, 2014

Janice-SheufeltAfter riding her bike literally across America, you figured Janice Sheufelt of Juneau would be exhausted.

But apparently she was just getting started.

The 47-year-old pulled away on the final day of the 33rd annual Race Across America, winning the women’s solo division in 11 days, 18 hours, 2 minutes.

Sheufelt finished about 180 miles ahead of her nearest competitor. She had led by 150 miles a day earlier.

The Race Across America covers 3,020 miles from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md.

Earlier in the race Sheufelt had spent part of a day in the hospital with altitude sickness while crossing the Colorado Rockies. She lost her lead but regained in a day or so.

Sheufelt is no stranger to the Race Across America or ultra-endurance cycling.

She won a 508-mile race through Death Valley in California a couple years ago and last year in the Race Across America she teamed with Joel Sothern to set a 2-person record in the 50-59 mixed age group with a time of 6 days, 21 hours, 48 minutes.

She is part Tlingit and frequently rides using her totem/tem name of Wooshketaan.