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Late last night, Alexandera Houchin finished her ride of the 800-mile Arizona Trail Race (AZT800), completing the challenging off-road crossing of the state for the second time. This comes after setting a new record on the 300-mile route just last year (2d:19h:25m), besting the former singlespeed record by over 10 hours, which was held by Alice Drobna since 2015 (3d:10h:30m). As if that wasn’t enough, Alexandera came back to the trail later that year for the fall grand depart and set a women’s singlespeed record on the AZT800 (15d:16h:11m). This year, Alexandera’s time was 12 days, 16 hours, and 38 minutes (12d:16h:38m)—a full three days faster than her 2021 record.
“She took the way more difficult route up Mt. Lemmon, aka Lemmon Pusch. Official AZT Wilderness bypass, mostly hike-a-bike. She burned through three sets of brake pads by the halfway point and had to descend arguably the steepest trail on the entire route, Goldridge, with no real braking power. Wild! She talks about this stuff on her MTBcast call-ins. It’s been an awesome AZTR this year in some really tough conditions.” —John Schilling, AZTR Race Director
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