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Track at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon; photo credit: Robert Williams via Shutterstock.

Adventure News of the Week: World Record Shattered, Tour de France Fumble, and More

From the inspiring to the tragic, ‘Adventure News of the Week’ presents a wrap-up of top news in the world of exploration and adventure. 

TRACK: U.S. Woman Sets New World Record at Olympic Trials. This weekend, U.S. athlete Sydney McLaughlin shattered the world record for 400m hurdles. Her time of 51.90 makes her the first woman to run under 52 seconds in the event’s history. The 21-year-old, who made the Olympic team, took more than a quarter-second off the previous record holder’s time.

RACE: Spectator With Sign Triggers Crash in Stage 1 of Tour de France. A woman holding up a sign on Saturday during stage 1 of the Tour de France caused a massive crash, after one rider collided with the sign and several others piled up as a result. French authorities are looking for the woman at fault, CNN and Fox both reported. At least one rider who was injured has withdrawn.

RUN: Western States 100 Returns — Here Are the 2021 Finishers. One of the toughest and oldest ultra races in the world, the Western States 100 returned this year following a hiatus due to COVID-19. This past weekend, Jim Walmsley and Beth Pascall took first place, with times of 14:46 and 17:10, respectively. This year, 416 out of 524 entrants finished. View the full results and more coverage at iRunFar.

NATURE: NPS Site at Harpers Ferry Sees First Fledgling Falcon in Over 70 Years. For the first time in almost 70 years, a peregrine falcon chick has hatched at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. It was one of three hatchlings born, but the only chick so far to “successfully fledge,” the NPS wrote in a press release. “We hope that this is the first of many successful breeding seasons for these peregrine [falcons],” Chief of Resources Management Mia Parsons said.

BIKE: Fire Impacts Race Route, 2021 Tour de Steamboat Still On. Steamboat Springs, Colorado’s biggest annual cycling event is still happening, and registration slots are still available. The Tour includes 26-, 50-, 66-, and 100-mile road and gravel ride options. Despite a fire nearby in Routt National Forest, the 100-mile gravel ride is still planned to take place, along with the rest of the race on July 17.

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Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has been writing professionally for more than six years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.