Bikepacker and ultra long distance racer Lael Wilcox takes on the Arizona Trail Race 750

Tour Divide record holder challenges herself to new limits, will she make it?

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Lael Wilcox - bikepack racer and ultra long distance rider shows us her grit and smile.

Lael Wilcox – bikepack racer and ultra long distance rider shows us her grit and smile (click to enlarge). Photo courtesy of R. Heffernan

Although Lael Wilcox is a relative newcomer to the endurance mountain biking game, in a short period of time she has already established herself as one of the best. She is the women’s record holder for the Tour Divide and last year she made an attempt at the Arizona Trail Race 750 (AZT 750). The AZT 750 is a daunting route from Mexico To Utah that includes a stage through the Grand Canyon (where riding bicycle is not allowed, so competitors must portage their bicycle for 24 miles!) It claims to be the “longest singletrack bike race in the world”.

This film entitled “Fast Forward” follows Lael on an attempt to break the record in a bikepacking MTB race on the Arizona Scenic Trail and explores her lifestyle and motivations.

Fast Forward is the last of three films in REI’s Every Trails Connects campaign. The other films cover the stories of ultrarunner Errol Jones and trail angel Paul Stiffler on the Appalachian Trail – which received a Vimeo Staff Pick.

Bike setup is key and all competitors must be able to fix problems on the trail without any assistance.

Bike setup is key and all competitors must be able to fix problems on the trail without any assistance (click to enlarge). Photo courtesy of R. Heffernan

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For more information about Lael and her world travelling adventures, visit www.laelwilcox.com.

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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