Here are the Top 11 Finalists for the 2021 “Lael Rides Alaska” Femme-Trans-Women’s Scholarship:
Angel Chen & Wen Zeng
Kelly Ann Stancel
Vanessa & Meredith
Bunny & Kika
Profiles for the top 11 will be shared on The Radavist over the next three days. Read about Dorothy, Bunny & Kika, Zoraya and Tara here. Read about Angel & Wen, Darlene, Kelly, and Meredith & Vanessa here. Read about Olivia, Shadow, Sierra and Ana Jager (the honorable mention) here.
This year, we had 126 applicants that dreamt of riding 1,000 miles in Alaska. It was encouraging to read so many stories of perseverance, hope and joy and so hard to make selections. A huge thanks to everyone that put themselves out there and applied! A huge thanks to Natsuko Hirose, Cari Carmean, Kailey Kornhauser and Abigale Wilson for reading applications and helping me decide. A huge thank you to the sponsors for believing in this project and equipping these adventures!
We have the capacity to give out two full scholarships this year. The winners will receive either a complete Specialized Diverge with Easton carbon wheels or an adventure bike built up by SRAM, Revelate Designs bikepacking bags, Big Agnes camping equipment, PEARL iZUMi apparel, a premium subscription to Komoot, a Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM GPS, a $300 gift card for Competitive Cyclist, Rene Herse tires, an Ergon saddle, a year subscription to Bicycle Quarterly, Trail Butter, Hydro Flask hydration, and a $1,500 travel stipend provided by Easton, and the Radavist will also kick in a $500 travel stipend for one of the finalists.
I’m really excited for these riders to get set up for their Alaska adventure this summer!