Wilcox pedals to record time in 2,745-mile Tour Divide

July 1, 2015

Lael Wilcox cycling

Lael Wilcox

At 2,745 miles, the Tour Divide mountain bike marathon is more about survival than anything.

Yet Anchorage’s Lael Wilcox handled it like it was just another day on her bike.

Actually the 28-year-old spent 17 days, 1 hour and 51 minutes in the saddle during a grueling race that started in Alberta, Canada, and traveled through Southwest America before ending just across the Mexico border from Antelope Wells, New Mexico.

The Tour Divide tests a rider’s strength, stamina, spirit – and Wilcox passed with flying colors.

She broke the previous women’s race record by two days.

To read a much better account of Wilcox and her extreme exploits during the two-week race check out the gypsy by trade blog, which is written by her partner Nicholas Carman. It’s a good read.