The Navad 1000 is a 1000-kilometer-long self-supported mountain bike race that climbs 30,000 meters through the Swiss Alps. Lael Wilcox chose the race as her first ultra-endurance competition in Europe, crossing nearly the entire country of Switzerland by bike. The film showcases the relentless natural beauty of the Swiss Alps and the challenges of ultra-endurance bike racing. Sacrificing sleep and finding food and water along the way, Lael pushes as hard as she possibly can through the course’s grueling route in an attempt to beat the course record of 5 days, 5 hours, 8 minutes. After days of effort and focus, Lael finishes in a fast, four days, 10 hours, 13 minutes, becoming only the second woman ever to complete the Navad 1000.
“The sheer beauty of Switzerland and the high level of competition inspired me to push myself in ways I’d never imagined. I love this style of racing because I spend almost every hour outside moving through the natural world. Over the course of days, the landscape and conditions are constantly changing. I thoroughly enjoyed the effort this race demanded, and I honestly don’t think I could’ve ridden faster.” – Lael Wilcox