Born and raised in Alaska, Lael got into riding later in life – first to commute to work, then to travel the world and finally to race ultra-distances. Her intention is to always race the entire field. She is motivated to encourage more people, especially women, to get on bikes in any capacity. She has organized multiple women’s bikepacking scholarships, a women’s bikepacking challenge, and a girls’ cycling mentorship program.
- Lael Wilcox
- Date of birth:
- Country of origin:
- Ultra Endurance
- Notable accomplishments:
- Unbound XL – 575 km self-supported gravel race, first woman, 10th overall in 26 hours 55 minutes
- Trans Alaska Pipeline FKT – 1380 km mixed gravel and tarmac from Deadhorse to Valdez, 3 days, 18 hours
- Dirty Kanza XL – 550 km self-supported gravel race, first woman, 6th overall in 23 hours 50 minutes
- Silk Road Mountain Race – 1700 km self-supported mountain bike race in Kyrgyzstan, 2nd overall in 7 ½ days, women’s record
- Hope 1000 – 1000 km self-supported mountain bike race across Switzerland with 30000 meters of climbing, 2nd overall in 4 days, 10 hours, women’s record
- I rode all of the major roads in Alaska (8000 km)
- Trans Am – a self-supported 7000 km road race across the US, overall win in 18 days, 10 minutes, women’s record
- Tour Divide – self-supported 4400 km mountain bike race from Canada to Mexico through The Rockies, women’s record (15 days, 10 hours)
- Life motto:
- No time on a bike is wasted.
About Ergon Products
The SR Women saddle is perfect for me on any bike. I ride without a chamois and find the cushioning, shape and cut-out perfect.
I’ve always toured with Ergon’s wing grips – the wide platform really saves my hands. For ultra-endurance, bar ends are a must, riding up to 500km a day, my hands really take a beating and being able to move them to different positions really helps.