Friday, May 17, 2013

Female mountain bike Speed Record in Moab

Red Bull rider Rebecca Rusch
Ultra endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch set a record for fastest female on the 142 mile Kokopelli Trail. Most riders take 3 or more days to complete this ride from Moab, Utah to Loma, Colorado. Rusch completed the ride in 13 hours, 32 minutes and 46 seconds.

Rusch is a four-time Leadville Trail 100 MTB female winner and Red Bull sponsored athlete. The previous female speed record on the Kokopelli Trail was 15 hours by Lynda Wallenfels.

Rusch averaged just over 10 mph for the distance, according to her Garmin Edge GPS device. She held an average heart rate of 160 for the first 11 miles to the first summit, which topped out at 8,300 feet. The total elevation gain for the ride was 17,100 feet. Rusch's complete ride stats are available here on the Garmin Connect website.

Red Bull calls her ride the Red Bull Rusch Hour. Red Bull encourages amateur riders to make their own record attempt on the Kokopelli Trail or any trail of the same length. "Special prizes" will be awarded, based on time, story, and pictures shared along the route.

The Bureau of Land Management says the Kokopelli Trail "requires extensive planning" to complete the entire route. The route utilizes dirt roads, paved roads, and some single track. There are 8 camping areas, with toilets. There is "no water anywhere along the trail", according to the Bureau. 

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