Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Lael Wilcox is the best female ultra-endurance cyclist in the world, notably winning the 4,300 mile Trans Am Bike Race in 2016 and setting the record for the 2,750 mile Tour Divide in 2015. Lael didn’t begin cycling until she was 20 years old. She has spent the past eleven years traveling around the world on her bicycle, logging over 100,000 miles in 35 countries. The bicycle is her vehicle to learn and move and feel alive. In addition to racing and riding, Lael puts a lot of effort into getting more women on bikes. She organizes a teenage girls bicycle adventure program in her hometown and has hosted two international women’s scholarships. Lael is fortunate to partner with Specialized, PEARL iZUMi, Revelate Designs and Hope.
Bikepacking with El Grupo Youth Cycling in Southern Arizona
Riding the first 300 miles of the Arizona Trail for the Festive 500
24 hours of Mt Lemon– I’ll attempt to climb the 5500′ Mt Lemon Highway as many times as I can in 24 hours.
Introduction to Bicycle Maintenance at UBI in Portland, OR
January 19: The Bell Breaker– 180 mile gravel loop around Tucson with 14,000′ of climbing. Finish in 24 hours or less
Guiding endurance gravel camps with The Cyclist’s Menu in Patagonia, AZ
Anchorage GRIT– a six week teenage girls adventure cycling mentorship program. We ride three times a week to build up to a 60 mile, three day adventure ride from Anchorage to a remote forest service cabin at the end of Eklutna Lake.
Riding to the start of the Tour Divide in Banff, Alberta from PEARL iZUMi headquarters in Louisville, CO– a 1500 mile warm up before the race.
June 14: Grand Depart of the Tour Divide
Travel to Kyrgyzstan to scout the Silk Road Mountain Race
August 17: Silk Road Mountain Race