Lael Wilcox won the Trans Am Bike Race in 18 days, 10 minutes. She beat everyone. She is the first woman to win. The first American to win. And the race is self-supported. And rode her bike down from Alaska to the start in Oregon as a warm up. You know, nbd.
This is as historic and unfreaking believable as Cleveland beating Golden State in Game 7 of the NBA Finals! It will, however, receive just a little less press.
Netflix has a good documentary on the 2015 race called Inspired to Ride.
Best quote from the article:
She recounts: “He said: ‘We’ve been battling this for two weeks, lets finish this together’. And I said ‘no it’s a race’! But [he said] ‘you’re losing’, and I just said ‘no!’, then I just took off!’”
So much awesome. :-)
"Wilcox managed to pass her closest rival, Steffan Streich, when the Greek rider accidentally rode in the wrong direction, 130 miles from the finish line."
But she DID "pair up" and rode a great distance with another racer.
"Streich took an early lead and in the initial week of the race it was Streich and Sarah Hammond duelling for first place, however a wrong turn which added more than 120 kilometres and then the mountains of Colorado took a heavy toll on Australia’s Hammond. She was unused to riding at altitude, so struggling for breath she fell back through the field. From then it was Wilcox and Deutsch in second and third as they paired up in pursuit of Streich."
American Lael Wilcox beat the boys when she finished first in the Trans America Bike Race yesterday. Racing 4,400 miles over 18 days, the 29-year old endurance rider reached Yorktown, Virginia, ahead of all other 61 riders.
Wilcox managed to pass her closest rival, Steffan Streich, when the Greek rider accidentally rode in the wrong direction, 130 miles from the finish line.
The race started on June 4 in Astoria, Oregon and travelled through 10 states, coast to coast across America. Competitors have to ride self-supported existing on minimal sleep and creature comforts. On the last night, Wilcox slept for just half and hour by the side of the road. She even had to eat all of her 10,000 calories a day while riding her Ruby Specialized road bike.
Here is a good video of her produced by REI earlier this year. It's where I first learned of how bad-ass she is and got a little jealous of her lifestyle.
If a woman can win this race, a woman can win the race for President of the United States!!!