I’m Not Stopping (film): Lael Wilcox Navad 1000
The new film, “I’m Not Stopping,” follows Lael Wilcox as she races the Navad 1000 across Switzerland. Watch it here, plus find a nice gallery of photos from the race by Rugile Kaladyte…
Film and photos by Rugile Kaladyte
The Navad 1000 is a 1,000 kilometer, self-supported ultra-endurance bikepacking race that climbs 30,000 meters (98,400 feet) through the Swiss Alps. Lael Wilcox chose this race as her first ultra-endurance competition in Europe, crossing nearly all of Switzerland by bike. This new film by Rugile Kaladyte showcases the relentless natural beauty of the Swiss Alps and the challenges a race like this presents. Sacrificing sleep and finding food and water along the way, Lael pushes as hard as she possibly can on the grueling Navad 1000 route in an attempt to beat the course record of 5 days, 5 hours, 8 minutes. After days of effort and focus, Lael finishes in an unbelievable time of 4 days, 10 hours, and 13 minutes, setting the new second fastest finishing time and becoming the second woman ever to complete the Navad 1000.
The sheer beauty of Switzerland and the high level of competition inspired me to push myself in ways I’d never imagined,” Wilcox said. “I love this style of racing because I spend almost every hour outside moving through the natural world. Over the course of days, the landscape and conditions are constantly changing. I thoroughly enjoyed the effort this race demanded, and I honestly don’t think I could’ve ridden faster.”
The film was produced and edited by US-based photographer Rugile Kaladyte and is presented by PEARL iZUMi and Revelate Designs. And stay tuned for “The French Divide” in Issue 01 of The Bikepacking Journal to read more about Lael’s European racing adventures, featuring photographs by Rugile and words by Lael.
About Revelate Designs: Revelate Designs was founded in 2007 in Anchorage, Alaska, where the expansive wilderness offers endless adventuring and pushes a high design standard which they build their gear to excel in. Revelate has innovated many of the systems and bag concepts found in dedicated bikepacking gear and have doing it longer than any other manufacturer.