We’ve been riveted by the Arizona Trail Race achievements over these last few weeks, watching both Timon and Jefe put down incredible efforts. However, we missed the fact that a couple of weeks prior, our friend Alexandera Houchin set a new women’s singlespeed record.
Alexandera rode out among a small group of riders, each with stealthy potato-themed pseudonyms in Trackleaders. She finished the 280-mile course in just 2d, 19h, and 25m, besting the former singlespeed record by over 10 hours, held by Alice Drobna since 2015 (3d, 10h, and 30m). Alexandera was riding a Chumba Stella geared at 32 x 22 with 29 x 2.4″ Maxxis Ardent tires.
When we asked about the ride, Alexandera had this to say: “The last time I finished the AZT300, it took me six and a half days. I went a wee bit faster this time. Must have been the grams I shed losing the derailleur… Real talk though, three weeks before I rode the route, it was -40°F in northern Minnesota. I deep fried my guts in the desert. A little out of shape, and it was my first effort since I broke my wrist, there’s definitely plenty of room for improvement. Ooh, actually, it was probably the leopard print…”
A truly astounding effort. Congrats, Alexandera! It’s crazy to think that three of the four main AZT 300 records were bested in a matter of a couple weeks. If you missed it, be sure to read about Timon’s finish and Jefe’s record, too.
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