800+ Miles Across Arizona, By Mountain Bike

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For bikepacker and long-distance racer Lael Wilcox, taking on the Arizona Trail — 800+ miles of desert singletrack through its namesake state — is a challenge unlike any other, and it will test her to the core. The film, “Fast Forward,” is one in a series of shorts sponsored by REI for its “Every Trail Connects” project. Check it out for inspiration and to join Wilcox as she pushes and pedals toward the end.

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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.