Moab White Rim in a Day

A lawyer, ultra-endurance athlete, and full-time advocate for bicycle safety, Megan Hottman has finished multiple Ironmans, long-distance races, and just last year broke the Guinness World Record for the longest static cycling class in history. 

Needless to say, she’s not one to shy away from a challenge and is rarely lacking motivation – especially when it entails bikes.

Last month, as Megan was riding along on a bike path, a car careened off the road at 65-70mph and crashed into the guard rail, hitting the spot Megan had been just seconds before.

“He would have closed in on me within seconds from behind, I would have never known the difference or seen it coming, and it would have been permanent – lights- out for me,” Megan explains about the accident.

(Thankfully, nobody was injured.)

With a near-death experience as the backdrop for her motivation, she took a look at her bucket list items, filtering through the options accessible during the pandemic, and set off for Moab.

The goal? To ride the White Rim in Moab – in a day.

“It takes courage to say yes to something scary. It is always far easier to stay home, stay in the same daily routine, and talk about the bucket list without actually taking steps to do the big audacious things,” Megan explains.

“It takes courage to say yes to something scary. It is always far easier to stay home, stay in the same daily routine, and talk about the bucket list without actually taking steps to do the big audacious things.” 

Equipped with her full-suspension mountain bike, her go-to Apex Lite jersey, an incredibly capable 4×4 trail-capable vehicle, and experienced driver, a route, endless tenacity, Megan rolled out. 

“As the miles clicked off, I realized I was enjoying a “no chain” kind of day-feeling amazing mentally and physically. The views were incredible and ever-changing. I took as many photos as I could. We saw very few cyclists /4×4 motorists out there-it was a glorious day to enjoy the Rim and have it mostly to ourselves.”

With the weather warm and dry, Megan chose to wear her Apex+ Lite Jersey, with her Apex+ Bibs underneath a pair of MTB baggie shorts. 

Read more about Megan’s White Rim ride, including route, pointers, lessons learned, on her website.

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