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Vernon ultra cyclist completes Race across America

The 54-year-old Leah Goldstein finished fourth in the event
Leah Goldstein of Vernon placed fourth in the epic, 4,800 km Race Across America. (Contributed)

A Vernon woman just completed an extraordinary, mind-bending race across the United States.

Leah Goldstein placed fourth at the Race Across America, which is a 4,800 kilometre bike epic that begins in Oceanside, California and ends in Annapolis, Maryland.

The five-day event was won by Isa Pulver of Switzerland, with a time of nine days, 12 hours and 16 minutes.

The 54-year-old Goldstein won the event outright in 2021. This year, she was bested in the women’s division only by Pulver. The Vernon locals time was, unofficially, 10 days, 10 hours and 35 minutes, for an average speed of 19.5 km/h.

Born in Vancouver but raised in Israel, Goldstein has had a slew of athletic accomplishments throughout her life. In 1989, she won the World Bantamweight Kickboxing Champion, and was the national Duathlon champion in Israel.

Her 2021 conquest at the Race Across America was the first time a female cyclist had ever won the event.

The Race Across America can be contested solo or with a team, and has been dubbed the world’s toughest bicycle race. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

READ MORE: Vernon cyclist makes history as first female solo rider to win world’s toughest race

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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