Angela Maxwell Is Walking Around the World for Women

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On May 2, 2014, with $12,000 saved, Angela Maxwell left her best friend’s home in Bend, Oregon, to start a five-year walk around the world. There’s no pre-approved path for the small ranks of pedestrian circumnavigators, the dozen or so people who’ve claimed they’ve walked around the world —so Maxwell devised her own route. She traveled the 175 miles to Portland, and then across western Australia. She next headed to Vietnam, where she hiked 60 miles from Da Nang to Hue and then spent three weeks recovering from dengue fever. A year into her circumnavigation, she arrived in Mongolia. One night, a two weeks’ hike from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar, in a valley surrounded by mountains, a stranger entered her tent and raped her. “It was the moment that every woman is afraid of before they go out into the world,” the 37-year-old former business consultant says. After the attack—“it was over in minutes,” Maxwell says—her assailant left. Maxwell packed her gear, hiked a few miles

Road Cyclists Take on the Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race https://ift.tt/2HHuhQT

American road race champion Alex Howes and teammate Lachlan Morton take on the epically difficult Leadville Trail 100.

“I fire that shotgun to start the race, and you put your nose on the handlebars and you start pedaling, and you keep pedaling until Merilee tells you to quit. That’ll be the finish line.”

The Leadville Trail 100 is an out-and-back 100-mile course that never drops below 10,000 feet. It’s considered one of the most challenging MTB races and regularly beats up seasoned mountain bikers. That’s why it’s doubly amazing to see road cyclists competing.

As part of the alternative cycling calendar from Rapha and EF Education First, this video chronicles the ups and downs of the race — all while capturing the true spirit of the Leadville Trail 100.

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