I was at a great wedding a few weeks ago where I met so many interesting folk. Among the guests was Jenny a girl from my Mountaineering Club and a member of the Torridon Mountain Rescue Team. We had a great catch up and I knew she was a cyclist so I was after some information as always about the bike. Out of the tales of pain came her story and how had I missed this? What a great story that starts tomorrow as she sets off to try to be the‘Fastest Female to Circumnavigate the World by Bike, Unsupported’. According to Guinness, the journey should be continuous and in one direction (east to west or west to east). The minimum distance ridden should be 18,000 miles (29,000 km), She is It is an amazing tale and whatever happens Jenny is a lovely lass and a great role model for others. I hope when my Grand kids visit Scotland again they get to meet Jenny and folk like her. It was great getting her story and seeing her enthusiasm.
May the winds be with you, may you keep well and may you stay safe.
Please follow Jenny on her media updates, she is a true adventurer.
In June 2018, Adventure Syndicate member Jenny Graham will embark on an attempt at one of cycling’s greatest challenges: the ‘Around the World’ record. We caught up with Jenny to learn more about how the attempt came about, and get an idea of the challenge ahead.
Can you give us a bit of background about yourself?
I’m a 37-year-old female endurance cyclist from the Scottish Highlands, and was a young adult by the time I was introduced to outdoor sports. Having had my son, Lachlan, when I was 18, the outdoor life was a million miles away from the world I knew, but as Lachlan grew, so did our passion for the hills, and we headed for them at any opportunity – by foot, bike or on skis.
It was five years ago, when planning a bike trip to Romania, that I was introduced to ultra-distance racing by coming across the Highland Trail 550, and life has never been the same since. I began to merge my passion for travelling through harsh mountainous environments with my interests in cycling, self-sufficiency, and limit-pushing, doing events such as the Arizona Trail Race, The Strathpuffer, and LEJOG.
I began to wonder: How far could I actually go? But every time I’ve felt like I’ve been close to finding out, I’ve felt spurred on to do more. It’s like a bottomless pit of discovery!
How is the record defined?
The record I’m going for is ‘Fastest Female to Circumnavigate the World by Bike, Unsupported’. According to Guinness, the journey should be continuous and in one direction (east to west or west to east). The minimum distance ridden should be 18,000 miles (29,000 km), and the total distance travelled by the bicycle and rider should exceed the Equator’s length. The clock does not stop for any waiting time for transit flights, ferries, or for the duration of the transit. The official Guinness World Record doesn’t differentiate between supported and unsupported attempts, but I hope to break the record for both anyway.