Ultra-Endurance rider Lael Wilcox was the fastest woman at Unbound 2021. She sits down with host Dan Cavallari to discuss going fast over 350 miles of gravel. While it's all about the legs and the heart, bike tech plays a vital role in multi-day races in the wilderness. From making the right choice of aero bar or flat bar, choosing the best power banks and bringing a reliable head-torch for those nighttime mechanicals, Lael doesn't leave a single element of her gear to chance. Evidently as averse to an idle mind as an idle body, Lael also explains how she rode across Alaska while listening to East of Eden on audiobook, and in one race stayed awake by scaring herself stiff listening to Stephen King's It.We promise this podcast will be a little less jarring. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode of Bike Tour Adventures, I have the pleasure to interview Lael Wilcox. Lael is a professional ultra-distance adventure cyclist that has achieved so much in just a few short years. From breaking the women's record on the Tour Divide in 2015, coming first overall on the Trans-Am bike race in 2016, breaking the women's record on the Baja Divide in 2015 and the men's record in 2017 as well as numerous other races under her belt, Lael has proven to be one of the top female endurance cyclists in the world.EPISODE 055: https://biketouradventures.com/interview-055/ ----more---- To become a Bike Tour Adventures Patreon, follow the link below: https://www.patreon.com/biketouradventures ----more---- Find Lael at: WEBSITE: https://laelwilcox.com/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/laelwilcox/?hl=en FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/lael.wilcox ----more---- Follow me at… WEBSITE: http://www.biketouradventures.com YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPQl_pNcMZA-hHckhVrpmaw FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/biketouradventures/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/bike_tour_adventures/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/BikeTourAdv ITUNES: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bike-tour-adventures/id1464406852 ----more---- Show Notes ~ 03m 10s Intro to Lael Wilcox~ 04m 30s Early bike touring and bikes~ 11m 30s Seasonal touring~ 15m 45s First endurance race and cycling to the Tour Divide start~ 21m 21s Advice for people looking to get into ultra-distance cycling, her bikes and gearing~ 26m 45s Deciding which bike to use and bike setup~ 32m 20s The Alaska Pipeline Time Trial and food management~ 38m 45s Bike route development & the Baja Divide~ 42m 00s End notes and next episode ... Leah Goldstein
Part 1, ep. 3 - Lael Wilcox is the best female ultra-endurance cyclist in the World. She has won the 2016 Trans-Am (beating all the men) and currently holds the women's record on the Tour Divide. In this episode, Lael talks about how there used to be zero money or sponsorship in the Ultra-Endurance & Bikepacking segment of the industry. Despite this, Lael has been able to create a viable career for herself in the sport. In this episode, Lael talks about how she has achieved that by smashing records, but also by telling those stories. To follow Lael: @laelwilcox Website: https://laelwilcox.com/What is the state of sponsorship in professional off-road cycling right now? How has social media changed the landscape of sponsorship? How can an athlete evaluate how much they are worth? Are results and pure racing still valuable? How do company choose who they will work with? So many questions to ask on this subject that is not often talked about. The goal of this podcast series is to paint a portrait of sponsorship in off-road cycling by talking with different key players of the industry. It will be a 4 part series where I’ll interview: 1- Athletes / 2- Social Media Managers / 3- Marketing Managers / 4- Agencies
Lael Wilcox is one of the most accomplished ultra endurance cyclists in the world. From the Trans Am to Tour Divide, she knows how to cover massive distances in a speedy amount of time. But she's not hellbent on racing, her attitude and perspective offers a refreshing view on competition in the newest age of cycling. She's opening doors for people of all walks of life as she rides from her home state of Alaska all over the world. Follow Lael's adventures at @LaelWilcox.
The woman who won America's toughest race: Lael Wilcox, Series 2 Episode 4
How to Be Superhuman
When Lael Wilcox won the 2016 Trans Am Bike Race, she cemented her position as the world’s greatest long-distance cyclist. Even more amazingly, she had conquered the 4,200-mile course while still a relative novice. Listen to all episodes and discover more about How to Be Superhuman at http://redbull.com/superhuman
It's always an extreme pleasure to sit down and chat with Lael Wilcox. Her positivity and honesty is infections as is her drive to push herself to extremes all in the name of bike racing. She's an inspiration to so many of us in this community and I am no exception. She has been a huge source of inspiration for me as I dipped my toe into the bikepacking waters. There is something about her fearless approach to bikepacking that lulls you into a false sense of achievability, but make no mistake she works hard and has been at this a long time. This sport has come a long way in a short time and Lael has been at or near the tip of the spear for the entire time. This was the third time Lael has been on the podcast and each time I have to reign in my personal tendencies to be star struck. Luckily, Lael is a total pro and is so easy to talk to. This time we met on Mount Lemmon outside of Tucson, AZ at the Gordon Hirabayashi Campground. Interesting side note, the road up Mt. Lemmon was built by prisoners in the 1930's and to house the criminals they built prisons as they went. The campground we recorded at was a former site of a Prison Camp. They say you should "never meet your idols". I've met one of mine three times now and have never been disappointed. Lael is Lael, what you see is what you get. The person I watched in the 2016 film from REI is the same person I met on a park bench on the side of Mt. Lemmon. Success, fame, racing results, through it all she has been able to stay humble, gracias, and kind. Maybe the saying should be, "get better idols". Personally, I'm grateful to Lael for just being her and pursuing what she wants in a way that is authentic to herself. We talk about this a little in the episode, but sometimes knowing yourself and staying true can be easier said than done, especially with some of the controversy she has faced, but in even in success she continues to navigate it all in a way that seems authentic to herself. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ These episodes aren’t possible without your support. This episode is the result of my recently podcasting trip covering 2,500 miles, 2 states, and 3 interviews in 4.5 days. If you’ve been on the fence about becoming a Patron this would be a great time to sign up and help get BoD back on the road! You can Sign Up here or leave a one time Donation on Paypal. Thank you to our newest supporting Patrons! 🖤 🖤🖤🖤🖤 Alex G. Tanya Rios Chris Schow Tim Fitzpatrick 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 🚨 ADnouncements 🚨 6AM WorkShirts – Patrons receive 20% off East Texas Showdown - Presented by Bikes or Death
Check out Lael's website and watch some of the incredible videos and read the blogs. It's honest, insightful stuff and it's got me pumped to get on a bike again soon. Also, follow Lael on Instagram. The pictures are pretty epic.
Lael Wilcox competed in her first ultra endurance bike race in 2015. The next year, she won the 4,200-mile Trans Am Race, which stretched from Oregon to Virginia. Tune in as Lael shares how she got involved in this sport, her creation of new touring routes, getting more girls started in biking, and how she chased down and caught Steffen in the last 125 miles of a cross country bike race. Epic.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/johnfreakinmuir/support
Lael Wilcox is an ultra-endurance bicycle racer who won the Trans Am Bike Race in 2016, and set the course record for the Tour Divide. She was also the first American to win the Trans Am. We caught up with Lael from her home in Anchorage Alaska and got to chat about her obsession with the Tour Divide, her ultra endurance career and her GRIT project in Anchorage which is getting young girls on bikes.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/adventureaudio/support