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High on biking: For Alexandera Houchin, the trail continues to rise


July 26, 2019

Alexandera Houchin competing at the Marji Gesick 100 race near Ishpeming Michigan last fall. Contributed photo.

Somewhere deep in the Colorado Rockies is an unnamed gravel road that twists and turns on its way up past little-known Grayback Mountain. Indiana Pass crests at 11,910 feet right on this road, and the occasional travelers in their SUVs or pickup trucks often find it difficult to breathe.

But the challenge of breathing at that altitude was made even more difficult for Cloquet-area resident and Fond du Lac Band member Alexandera Houchin. She was on Indiana Pass in late June this year "just riding [her] bike."

Well, not quite.

Houchin (pronounced "HOW-chin"), 29, was riding in defense of her 2...

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