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“Lael Rides Alaska” Women’s Scholarship

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Lael Wilcox is an ultra-endurance record-setting bike rider who’s logged over 100,000 miles and countless days on her bicycle. Through some well thought-out navigation, preparation and a little bit of luck, she’s literally pedaled her way around the world. She’s both won and set course records for several routes in different parts of the globe, and what she’s seen and done on two wheels is both inspiring and enviable.

She’s one of the best at what she does, and her appetite for blazing new trails and experiencing life in the saddle spans far beyond hunger for her own adventure. In an effort to provide other women the opportunity to ride, explore, grow and become, Lael has developed the “Lael Rides Alaska” Women’s Scholarship.

This scholarship was created to facilitate a cycling adventure designed by a woman of any age, with any level of bicycle touring experience interested in mapping out and riding her own 1,000 mile route through, across or around the great state of Alaska during the summer months of 2018.

Some really cool brands along with Big Agnes, like Specialized bikes, Relevate Designs, Patagonia, and GU have stepped up with huge contributions for the scholarship winner, and it’ll be through them that the winning applicant will be able to develop and build the kit necessary that’ll help propel her 1,000 mile through Alaska.

Let me hear you say, “WOW”! ANY woman of ANY age with ANY level of bicycle touring experience?!” Let 2018 be the year that you DO, let it be the year that you raise your own personal bar, step away from your comfort zone, challenge yourself and revel in the feeling of an overwhelming accomplishment!

Applications will be accepted no later than March 17th 2018 and the winner will be announced on March 26th2018.

The application as well as the scholarship description and what is expected of the recipient can be found below, and HERE.

Best of luck to all who apply! Here’s to riding like a girl and allowing yourself to become more than you think you can!

-Kellie Nelson—fellow bike-riding badass, scholarship judge, and Big Agnes Sales Representative.

Lael Wilcox rides the Palmer Creek Road August 8, 2017, in Hope, Alaska. (Rugile Kaladyte)

“Lael Rides Alaska” Women’s Scholarship Press Release

The “Lael Rides Alaska” Women’s Scholarship is available to one female rider who will design and ride a 1,000 mile route in Alaska during the summer of 2018. Based off of Lael Wilcox’s 2017 summer project to ride all of the major roads in Alaska, this scholarship is intended to enable another woman to engage in her own bicycle adventure in Alaska. Thanks to the generous support of Specialized Bicycles and Revelate Designs, the recipient of the scholarship will receive:

*Specialized Diverge bicycle, helmet, and shoes

*Revelate Designs bikepacking bags

*Big Agnes tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad

*Patagonia apparel

*GU Nutrition

*copy of The Milepost guidebook

*$1,000 community funded travel stipend (minimum amount)

The recipient will be expected to share their trip on Instagram while traveling and provide a blog post for Specialized, Revelate Designs and Big Agnes after the trip concludes. Application deadline is March 17, 2018. The recipient will be announced on March 26, 2018.

Lael Wilcox rides the Alascom Road on August 27, 2017, in Glacier View, Alaska. (Rugile Kaladyte)

Download the scholarship application HERE and email it to



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