Photos by Rugile Kaladyte (@rugilekaladyte)
Lael Wilcox, Kaitlyn Boyle, and Kurt Refsnider set off together early Friday morning on the Kokopelli Trail for a self-supported time trial between Loma, Colorado and Moab, Utah. The Kokopelli Trail is a classic bikepacking route that spans 140 miles of rugged jeep roads and singletrack through some of the most captivating terrain in the area. Although they all had different intentions for their rides, both Kaitlyn and Kurt rode hard and fast to set two new fastest known times on the route.
This was Kaitlyn’s first ultra since a devastating car accident that 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 this year, 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.
A huge to congrats to Lael, Kaitlyn, and Kurt for getting out there and making it happen. The Kokopelli Trail is a special route, and whether you’re looking to tackle it in a single day or spread it out over a long weekend, it’s definitely one worth adding to the bucket list.
Find our Kokopelli Trail route guide here.
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