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Keith Hepworth : I’d ask what her resting heart rate is but apparently she never rests.

TheReactor8 : She doesnt harm anyone, she doesnt pollute much. She is a fine representative of the diversity of human endeavor. A little crazy, yes. Respect.

Dane Reads : Great, now I feel insanely out of shape

Karlen Bell : Her legs must be crazy strong.

RBastien : With all that time on the bike, she probably doesn't have any time to exercise.

anton : She looks like a young Ellen DeGeneres

Doodelay Explains : Not just her biking but she's super cool, like her personality lol

luke gretton : "I like a strong, salt of the Earth, self-possessed woman at the top of her field." Ron Swanson

bigstanley : Doesn’t take shower but floss her teeth 🤔

kolomo : 20,000 Miles = 32186.88 KM

Edward Lo : she's got a really nice voice to listen to

Ibno Zizou : Holy shi*#! WHAT A *BEAST*

Krishnapriya R : She gives off an Ellen vibe

Mububban23 : Hardcoooooooore. I’ve never ridden more than 130km in a day and I was knackered 😄 Ultra endurance athletes are mind blowing. Like those men and women that run ultra marathons through the dessert. Crazy stuff!

pato0114 : I used to do this. Do ultra long rides. Some upto 320 mile a day (racing) then one day my heart said , no more cannot remember much just the drs saying my heart is just exhausted. Resting heart kept falling so low during sleep I just kept fitting and passing out in my sleep. I used to go to the toilet, next thing I was back in resus in hospital. Frightening time. Now got a device in my chest basically keeping me alive. So just be very cautious about long distance events. Just saying what can and does happen.

P4GAM3R : Wow great ❤️💝😍

Daniel Payne : Good for her, although I cycled 16,000 miles in 2016 while holding a full-time job. Only did 13,000 miles in 2017. On track for 11,440 miles in 2018. No sponsor, no YouTube videos, just a guy in Oregon that likes to stay fit and ride fast, but no gravel.

TheRandomGaming123 : Metric system metric system...........

Aquatic Logic : What are the psycho/social costs of riding a bike this much?

Pandalius : I'm always curious how people pay and manage hobbies like this. They seem to be all consuming, yet it seems like she still has a house and all

Syni DmC : The women version of Forest. She is great !

Tha Rnr : what a woman, great story , great lady! thx wired

Kevin Perez : She's pretty and a beast at her profession. Happy to see she's found her calling

Romi C : Her butt must get very sore.

The Joker : I've done 27k miles in a year, gone across the USA twice and can avg 28 mph for an hour. If you have the time to ride you can do this too.

Lenext Owens : She was actually SUPER chill and had a great sense of humor glad i watched 👍

ralienpp : Wow, that is very light, she carries almost no gear at all, and just a single multitool for all the bike problems she might encounter? I'd like to know more about how she manages the technical side of things.

Edward Saywell : does she have a job?

Kimathi Kevin : Her perseverance and vitality are insane but 17 days without a shower that's beyond insanity. Wet wipes maybe?

CrazyCyclingVlogger : Every cyclist is a hero. Helping save the world. One pedal revolution at a time...

Simte : Strava breaker. Absolutely cool.

Eddy Tjhia : dang thats crazy, just doing 200 km on bike is already tiring afff

Hussein Nour : what a champion

Thomas L.S. : Wow what a serious bike rider. She's Awesome !

Tim Bazzinett : Riding 20k miles is a huge accomplishment. I'm only averaging between 3-4k a year. But I have to wonder. How the heck does she getting funds to do this? With 2 kids, full time job, I have to make time to bike. And I wish I had much more time. She travels the world, cycling in races, and we have no idea how she pays for this. Also, I like her 1x40t setup. I'm wondering if I should do this with my road bike and not have to worry about the FD anymore.

Preston Owens : I’ve wanted to do something like this for awhile, not for any competition or anything though. However, I’ve always been worried about the monetary and safety aspect. I wonder if she carries some mace or a firearm of some sort. Has anyone else rode long distances like her? If so, what is your advice for attempting a ride like this?

plx iZnoGouD : marry me

Charlie Cassowary : Hi, Lael! Congratulations on all that you have achieved in ultra-marathon racing but, you know, I believe you will climb even better, if you drop your saddle a bit. You seem to be very stretched at the limit of your cranks and uphill is where that becomes detrimental. P.S.: I'm a bike rider with over 50 years experience, as well as a (former) bike mechanic.

I have no brakes, and I must stop : no sleep is so dangerous. much respect.

seccat : She doesn’t need a shower after 17 days. She needs a hose-down. I would have expected an industrial container of body glide, consider how much chafing is going on


astrophysx : Awesome. Didn't know humans could do that. WOW think about the efficiency, the food to gas price ratio.

mrnielson : deep respect for this lady

Ian Steiner : There are some Pro-Cyclist that do more than that but its still it’s incredible

Justin Carlson : She rode through my town

s3cr3tpassword : That's the definition of obsession.

PenguinBadger TurkeyBear : I used to ride almost 17,000 miles a year when I was a bicycle courier. I don't think your ever really in pain properly because your body just gets used to it.

Applied Jackass : Hey WIRED, did you ignore the part about how she's financed? Who can afford to take off 17 days to do anything? Is she a trust fund baby? That would have been a compelling piece of information.

MrSotko CryptoCurrency : Riding a bike this much crushes your nerves and blood flow to your genitals. She doesnt feel a thing.