Last November, BW sat down with former-adventure-racer-turned-pro-mountain-biker Rebecca Rusch after she won the 24-Hour Solo Mountain Biking World Championship for the third time and took first in the Leadville Trail 100. Just a few days after our interview with Rusch, Race Across the Sky, a documentary about the Leadville 100 featuring the woman of mountain biking steel screened in Boise.
But that was so last year.
A few weeks ago, Rusch again tackled the out-and-back 100-mile trail race at 10,000-plus feet in the Colorado Rockies and--predictably--she won. Not only did she win--for the third time--but she killed her 2009 time by a whopping 30 minutes. And there were no competitors choking on Rusch's dust. Second-place finisher Amanda Carey, who Rusch pulled away from about halfway through the race at the Columbine Climb, didn't cross the finish line for another 25 minutes. Third- and fourth-place finishers were almost an hour behind Rusch. And, of course, being that far ahead of the competition usually means there's some record breaking happening. Indeed there was. Rusch beat the course record, set 12 years ago, by 11 minutes.
About her win, Rusch said, "I wanted the course record, but I didn't expect to beat it by 11 minutes. This was the most painful day I had on a bike, but it was worth it."