Rusch Crushes Kokopelli Record

Mountain biker tackles 142-mile trail

Adam Roy

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Mountain biker Rebecca Rusch set a new female speed record on the 142-mile Kokopelli Trail, riding from Moab, Utah, to Fruita, Colorado, in just 13 hours, 32 minutes.

Rusch, who won the Leadville 100 four times in a row and is the reigning champion of the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo, ran into several hitches during her ride, starting when she separated her finger in a crash early on.

“Without thinking I put it back in place, flexed it to see if I could still operate the brake, and hopped back on,” she said. “It hurt but felt fine in the flexed position.”

Her light later died in the middle of the night, forcing her to ride the last section of the trail by moonlight.

Learn more about how Rusch has made a career out of suffering in The Queen of Pain.

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