Video: Mountain Biker Rebecca Rusch Sets New Speed Record On Kokopelli Trail

The 142-mile long Kokopelli Trail stretches from Moab, Utah to Fruita, Colorado and is a popular with both backpackers and mountain bikers. Recently, the Queen of Pain herself, Rebecca Rusch took to the trail in an attempt to set a new speed record. If you’re familiar with Rebecca’s body of work, you already know she is one of the best endurance mountain bikers on the planet. She demonstrated that once again on this ride as she managed to complete the entire trail in 13 hours, 32 minutes, 46 seconds. That shaved more than an hour and a half off the old record.

But that isn’t the entire story. Two hours into her ride, Rebecca crashed hard and dislocated the index finger on her left hand. She continued riding for another 11 hours with that pain. And to make matters worse, as she rode through the night, her headlamp died, leaving her to ride in darkness from 4:00 AM to about 6:00 AM. Despite these difficulties she still managed to set the new record anyway.

The spectacular video below helps us all to appreciate that impressive ride, and the more impressive rider, all the more. Well done to all involved. Beautiful stuff.

Kraig Becker