Ride Along With Lael Wilcox on the Tour Divide

The Tour Divide is the grandest North American mountain bike race. And in 2019, Lael Wilcox aimed to win it all.

Stretching from Canada to Mexico, the Tour Divide is a brutal, lonely race through the spine of the continent. Riders support themselves the entire way and face hardships like weather, altitude, and exhaustion.

“I Just Want To Ride: Lael Wilcox and the 2019 Tour Divide” tells the story of Wilcox’s 2019 race. She attempted to be the first female overall winner of the race. Follow along as she tackles the most notable bikepacking route in the world.

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'You Have the Lungs of a 75-Year-Old': 21 Questions With Bikepacking Badass Lael Wilcox

With each passing multiday, self-supported endurance bikepacking race, it becomes increasingly clear this is Lael Wilcox's world. We're just riding in it. But hit her with a few off-the-wall questions — like why Oprah would be her perfect riding buddy — and you uncover a charming and infectiously positive (if relentlessly motivated) person. Read more…

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Editor-in-Chief Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.

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