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She Learned to Bike at 20. Now She's a Champion.


Alexandera Houchin is the best cyclist you've never heard of.

On May 31, Alexandera Houchin will line up with 66 men and 15 women for the start of the second annual Dirty Kanza Extra Large. The 350-mile, invitation-only, ultra-endurance gravel-cycling challenge may sound benign enough-it's in Kansas, after all-but this year's race climbs more than 15,433 feet through the state's often wind-whipped, mud-soaked Flint Hills. It's masochistic by any cyclist's standards, but Houchin isn't fazed.

"I pretty much only eat Snickers and drink Powerade because these shorter races are a solid push-through," she says. "I don't bring sleeping gear, and I never wear padded shorts. I'll just wear my cutoffs and my boots. I always ride with flat pedals."


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