The White Rim Trail in Moab is a famed 100-mile loop in Canyonlands National Park. In 2019 the record was set, the “Fastest Known Time” on a bicycle was under 6hrs. This is no easy task for any human, the loop stretches across the vast canyonlands carved by the Colorado River. It's full of a colorful landscape that has eroded into countless canyons, mesa’s, and arches. This makes for a daunting task on a self-supported bike adventure.
What’s your history with the trail?
My last FKT White Rim attempt was Fall of 2019 after the Israel Epic, so I was pretty fit but hadn’t done a whole lot of volume but was still able to produce a pretty fast time and take the FKT and hold it for just over a year with a time of 5:30 and then it was taken last Fall right before the Belgian Waffle Ride and this FKT White Rim trail is in my home state on my home turf, so I was pretty motivated to go back and give it another crack.
When did you start planning taking the record back?
Right after the Belgian Waffle Ride in October, but once I found out I had already begun my off-season and took time off the bike, it was already too late to go back and get it then. You have to be superfit to make an effort like this, so I had to sit and wait and plan for it. Springtime is pretty ideal in Moab as it isn’t too late, so you don’t have to carry too much water with it being self-supported. Temperatures in the ’50s are pretty good, and the sand is in better shape. I just had to wait for the right week and then come out here and give it a go.