360 miles, 34,000' of elevation, 32 hours: Payson McElveen's trans-Tasmania 'ride of a lifetime'

American endurance cyclist Payson McElveen successfully traversed across Tasmania in a single push

Endurance cyclist Payson McElveen's trans-Tasmania
(Image credit: Red Bull Media)

American endurance cyclist Payson McElveen successfully completed his trans-Tasmania excursion, traversing the island in one day, eight hours and 33 minutes.

Tasmania is home to some of the world's most unique environments, and the route across Tasmania, developed with Tasmanian endurance cyclist Emma Flukes, prioritizes adventure, sight-seeing and challenge over efficiency, spanning 360 miles with 34,000 feet of elevation gain and with a majority through unpaved wilderness and only three resupply opportunities.

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.