Wed. Aug 21st, 2019

Solely Identified Time: Rebecca Rusch Shreds 1st Bike Traverse of 1,000-Mile ‘Excessive Nation Path’

Rebecca Rusch High Country Route bike FKT

Prime picture credit score: Corey Wealthy/Purple Bull Content material Pool

Logging 1,041 miles over eight days, three hours, 33 minutes, famend athlete Rebecca Rusch set the quickest — and first — identified time on Arkansas’ new Excessive Nation Route bicycle path.

“Arkansas higher prepare for some biking.” Rebecca Rusch’s cautionary phrases truly carried a congratulatory tone following her epic experience of the state’s just-completed 1,041-mile path community, the Excessive Nation Route (HCR).

Rebecca Rusch High Country Route bike FKTPhotograph credit score: Corey Wealthy/Purple Bull Content material Pool

The 50-year-old American multisport phenom grew to become the primary to experience the whole lot of the route, which includes pavement, gravel, and singletrack. And her time of eight days, three hours, 33 minutes now stands because the time to beat.

“It was the longest experience of my profession, however I used to be not bored in any respect,” Rusch mentioned after crossing the end line. “It was so lovely with a lot to take a look at. The path they constructed right here is world-class.”

In whole, Rusch logged 107 hours within the saddle and endured greater than 84,373 toes of elevation.

Rebecca Rusch: Excessive Nation Route FKT

Rebecca Rusch High Country Route bicycle riverPhotograph credit score: Bligh Gillies/Purple Bull Content material Pool

Initially anticipated to take 2 years, HCR first took form final 12 months when the Walton Household Basis donated $100,000 to assist construct the path community. Made up of equal elements pavement and path, and roughly 5 p.c singletrack, the route meanders by means of three nationwide parks, eight state parks, 15 Forest Service campgrounds, and 9 Corps of Engineers parks.

“Arkansas is a phenomenal place to experience your bike,” Rusch mentioned on Fb after the experience. “I extremely recommend you propose a motorbike journey out this fashion.”

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To overcome the terrain, Rusch piloted a Niner Bikes RLT 9 RDO. She “mulleted” SRAM’s street eTap AXS shifting with a mountain-ready Eagle 1x setup within the again. See the total construct beneath.

Rebecca Rusch Excessive Nation Route Gear

Body: Niner Bikes RLT 9 RDO
Drivetrain: SRAM eTap AXS + Eagle (MTB)
Wheels: ENVE Composites SES AR three.four
Tires: Maxxis USA Rambler 38cc
Saddle: Wilderness Path Bikes (WTB) Koda
Tech: Garmin Edge 1030 and inReach

Rebecca Rusch High Country Route bike FKTPhotograph credit score: Bligh Gillies/Purple Bull Content material Pool

Our congrats to Rebecca Rusch for christening one among America’s most epic bike trails. And keep tuned — GearJunkie will interview Rusch on her accomplishment subsequent week.

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