RIDERS & RIDES
Lael Rides Alaska – Sharing the Inspiration of Riding
Lael Wilcox is a 4th generation Alaskan and an ultra-distance…
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Lael Wilcox is a 4th generation Alaskan and an ultra-distance cyclist. In 2014, she began pushing her limits in her home state and dreamed that one day, she’d ride all of the major roads in Alaska– connecting the dots and traveling under her own steam to places she’d heard of but never seen. In 2017, after her first year running Anchorage GRIT, Lael spent the summer riding all of the roads, some 4,500 miles. She had the time of her life but rode mostly solo, and that experience was all her own. In reflection, she wanted to share more–to show people the beauty and truth of Alaska and inspire more people to ride there. The global pandemic of 2020 provided a unique opportunity to revisit this project–ride from home, spend time with her family, bring them along, and encourage others to pursue their own adventures.

Riding roads is feeling topography and weather, seeing history and reality, and experiencing everything along the way. If the finish line is home, how much farther can we go? If we bring along our loved ones, how much more will it mean?

This project is in support of the Anchorage GRIT project. From January 6 to February 6, 2021, femme-trans-women riders can apply for a scholarship to support a self-designed 1,000-mile route through Alaska. For all the details visit this page.

Learn more about the program and how you can inspire more girls on bikes.

Video and photography by Rugile Kaladyte. Follow her @rugilekaladyte

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