“Fastest for Now” is a new film that chronicles Kait Boyle and Kurt Refsnider’s pursuit of record-setting rides on the Kokopelli Trail in 2020. Watch the full 18-minute film here…

Last year, ultra-endurance athletes Kait Boyle and Kurt Refsnider set out on record-setting self-supported rides on the Kokopelli Trail from Moab to Loma. This rugged 140-mile route follows technical mountain bike trails and jeep tracks with no resupply locations and limited water options. This was Kaitlyn’s first ultra since a devastating car accident had her questioning her ability to ride or walk again, but after a long and inspiring recovery, she managed to best Rebecca Rusch’s 2013 record by 25 minutes. Kaitlyn’s finish time was 13 hours and 7 minutes, the new women’s FKT. Hot on the heels of Lachlan Morton’s record that was just set in May of 2020, Kurt set a new men’s fastest known time as well, knocking 19 minutes off of Lachlan’s already impressive ride. Kurt’s finish time was 10 hours and 56 minutes.

“The Kokopelli Trail is an immensely powerful journey whether one does it four days or one day,” said Refsnider. “It has been a test piece for long-distance riders for decades, starting with the first single-day ride on the trail in the late 1990s by Gary Dye. I initially rode the trail in 2009, and ever since, it’s compelled me to come back and see whether or not it’s possible for me to go a little faster.”

Boyle added, “For both Kurt and me, and hopefully for many others, FKTs aren’t about comparison. They’re about inspiration, and you can use that inspiration to set and reach ambitious goals of your own. But those goals don’t need to have anything to do with riding fast.”

Watch the full 18-minute film below, produced and directed by Cort Muller.

“I’ve tried as hard as I can for two years, now I need to rest.” -Kait Boyle

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