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Adventure cyclist and ultradistance bike packer Lael Wilcox is a fourth generation Alaskan. In 2020, she took the pandemic as a call to explore her huge and wild home – by bike, of course.
In 2014, Lael Wilcox started pushing her limits Driving local roads in their home state and planning future adventures in Alaska. Your goal? Drive all major roads in Alaska.
In 2017, Lael spent a summer working towards that goal, driving some 4,500 miles alone. In 2020 and in the middle of a pandemic, she took another chunk of the time to rethink her goal and tackle more kilometers than ever before. But this time she would do it with friends and family.
“You have the lungs of a 75-year-old”: 21 questions with bikepacking badass Lael Wilcox
With every multi-day, self-sustaining long distance bikepacking race, it becomes increasingly clear that this is the world of Lael Wilcox. We’re just going in. But knock her off the wall with a few questions – why Oprah would be her perfect riding buddy, for example – and you’ll discover a charming and infectiously positive (if relentlessly motivated) person. Continue reading…
“When the finish line is home, how far can we go? If we bring our loved ones how much more does that mean? “Teased the film crew. This short film summarizes the inspiration, progress, and experience of Wilcox’s trips in Alaska.
This project was presented by Pearl Izumi and supports the Anchorage GRiT project as well as Women’s scholarship “Lael Rides Alaska”.
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From Mary Murphy
Mary is based in GearJunkie’s Denver, CO office. She has degrees in English and Journalism and has been writing professionally for over four years. Her outdoor interests range from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to pack paddleboarding. If she’s not writing, you can most likely find her on top of a fourteen or at a local bakery.