Goldstein could make history
Get away from Wonder Woman, this is Leah Goldstein.
Vernon’s wife is nearing the end of one of the most grueling long-distance cycling races on the planet and she is poised to be the first woman to win the overall standings since the start of Race Across America in 1982.
An article about her Facebook page at 8 am on Saturday said that she “is getting closer to the finish of the RAAM and not calling back, pushing hard every mile of this course.” She is expected to be the first female winner in the overall RAAM ranking. She will clearly surpass her personal best of 10 days, 19 hours and 28 minutes set in 2019 if she maintains her very significant lead over the remaining solo competitors.
By the end of the race, Goldstein will have cycled 4,800 km.
She participated in the race in the female solo category for the age group 50-59 years.
Goldstein’s first RAAM victory came in 2011 when she came first in the women’s under-50 category.
Goldstein does not hesitate to take up a challenge. According to her website, at age 17, Goldstein was the kickboxing world champion.
Soon after, she enlisted in the IDF and became one of the few instructors in the elite commando division, specializing in Krav Maga. She then moved to a special forces unit, fighting terrorism and violent crime. The extreme secret police lifestyle finally took its toll, and she found her salvation on a bicycle.
She convinced Israel to release her, as she pursued a 10-year career as a professional cyclist in Europe and North America – and ultimately in the world’s longest single-stage race, Race Across America.