AUSTIN, Texas — Austin, Tex., mom Travis Scott’s story of becoming the fastest cyclist in America on Sunday helped propel her to the Tour of Utah.
Scott was one of two American riders to beat the clock to complete a three-hour bike ride across the Utah desert, setting a record time of 5:23:35.
Her effort, which she posted on Instagram, came in front of a packed crowd in Salt Lake City on Sunday evening.
Scott, a mother of three from Houston, Texas said the experience has been rewarding.
“It has been a very rewarding day, it has been pretty special,” Scott said.
“I know it’s not a typical day to get out on the bike and see so many people cheering for you and just having a good time.
I’ve learned so much.
I feel so lucky to have the support of the community and I feel like I’ve got a great community behind me and I think the support has been incredible.”
Scott has become one of the most popular and highly-paid riders in the United States after winning the Tour De France, the sport’s biggest race in the world.
She won the Tour in 2014 and has since gone on to win several other major races including the Vuelta a España, Tour de Pologne, the Tour Down Under and the Tour du Plessis.
She has been featured in a number of high-profile ads, including “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” “The Man in White” and “The Great Wall.”
The 32-year-old Scott has competed in the Tour for several years and is known for her fast-paced style of riding.
She is not the first American cyclist to make it to the podium at the Tour.
She joined a long list of women who raced for the sport in recent years.
The Texas native is not alone in winning her second Tour de Utah.
In addition to Scott, another rider, Leah Remick, won the race, finishing in 5:17:35 and taking the overall victory.
Remick said the victory showed a great attitude in a hard-fought race.
“I just had a really good day,” Remick said.
She added that she believes the event has brought out the best in her.
“My confidence in myself, I feel the bike is just perfect for me and it’s just a perfect fit for me,” Remicks said.
In addition to Remick and Scott, two other American cyclists made it to Utah on Sunday, Katie Ledecky and Lise Armitstead.
Ledeckys victory on Sunday comes on the heels of a win for Ledecker and Ledecks team in the 2016 Vuelta.
The 24-year old New York native has raced in the Vuels since 2015 and is one of only three American women to complete the race.
Ledeker said her team made the right choice by joining in on the ride.
“We are in a great position to be riding the Tour,” Ledeaker said.
“With all the things that we can do to improve our racing, it’s good to be on the front lines.”
In the past two years, Ledekys team has won nine Tour de Suisse and nine Tour du Sumter, the latter two coming after the Tour was halted because of the Zika virus.
The Tour of the United Kingdom will begin on May 22 and runs through May 28.