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Vernon woman rides more than 4,000 miles in preparation for Trans Am Bike Nonstop in June – Vernon News
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Vernon woman rides more than 4,000 miles in preparation for Trans Am Bike Nonstop in June – Vernon News

Leah Goldstein tackles another huge event.

The Vernon woman started preparing for the Trans Am Bike Nonstop cycling race by taking on a marathon ride.

According to a post on her Facebook page, Goldstein is driving a loop from her home in Vernon to Soap Lake, Washington and back, a distance of 6,670 km (4,200 miles).

She will do the ride ‘unsupported’ which requires a lot of maintenance training, mindset work and research about the route, elevation gain, food choices and where to sleep along the way.

Although she may ride alone, Goldstein has strong support from sponsors, friends and family.

The Trans Am Bike Nonstop starts June 2 in Astoria, Oregon.

The event has a common start, but two separate finish locations: Washington DC or Yorktown, Virginia – a distance of almost 5,000 km for both routes.

The top athlete is no stranger to driving incredibly long distances.

In 2022, she came first at the Hoodoo 500 ultramarathon cycling event in Utah.

Goldstein not only won the grueling race, she also set a new course record for women and women 50+ of 37 hours and three minutes.

The Hoodoo 500 bills itself as the most “epic and challenging event of its kind,” rolling through or around three national parks, three national monuments and three Utah State Parks.

Goldstein was also the first solo female winner of the 2021 Race Across America, hailed as one of the toughest races in the world.

When she’s not on her bike, Goldstein is a sought-after motivational speaker.

At the age of 17, Goldstein was world kickboxing champion.

Shortly afterwards, she enlisted in the Israeli army and became one of the few female instructors of the elite Commando division, specializing in Krav Maga.

Goldstein then transferred to a special unit that combats terrorism and violent crime. The extreme lifestyle of the secret police eventually took its toll and she found her salvation on a bicycle.

She convinced Israel to release her while she pursued a decade-long career as a professional cyclist in Europe and North America—and eventually to the world’s longest stage race, Race Across America.

Goldstein eventually found her way to the North Okanagan, where she calls Vernon home.