Jenny Graham Female Round the World Record Attempt
Jenny Graham from Scotland, cycling around the world attempting to set the Female Round The World record.
I knew Jenny left Berlin a couple of months ago to cycle around the world, so I have been watching her "live tracker' dearly hoping she'd be passing through Wellington on my days off. I checked a couple of days ago, while at work, and did my best to estimate her progress up the South Island before crossing across to Wellington in the North Island and I was very happy to estimate she would pass through Wellington on my days off!
I checked her "live tracker" this morning and saw she was at Picton about to board the Cook Strait Ferry to come across to Wellington - so the plan was on! I rode 22km to Ngauranga Gorge where I knew she'd be riding, so rode up it, and then the 15km to Porirua then turned around and headed back again, knowing Jenny would have disembarked the ferry and be heading towards me.
I kept my eyes peeled as I headed south through Tawa, knowing she could appear on the opposite side of the road heading towards me at anytime.
I stopped on Willowbank Road for a quick food and drink, and literally two minutes later she came into view. I waved and shouted: "Jenny Graham?" and she stopped and we chatted and then we rode together as far as Plimmerton where I turned off to head home via the northern side of the Pauatahanui Inlet.
I met the Tandem Men within 200 metres of where I met Jenny in December 2016, when they were on their Around the World Record attempt by Tandem - which they achieved.
I love it when a plan like this works out as planned.
Super nice to meet you today Jenny, absolute privilege to ride with you for an hour or so. Very best for the rest of your journey.
theadventuresyndicate.com/round-the-world/ or in her own words:
Jenny Graham is a 37-year-old endurance cyclist from the Scottish Highlands. As a young mum she came late to long-distance cycling. But a lifetime teaching others in outdoor environments prepared her well for the resilience, self-reliance and physical hardship that these challenges entail. In 2015 she raced The Highland Trail 550 for the first time, and realised that life would never be the same again. She spent the next three years developing her considerable aptitude in long-distance self-supported bike racing, completing challenges such as the Cairngorm Loop, the Arizona Trail Race and a four-day winter LEJOG.
Now she find herself asking the question:
"Yeah, but I wonder how far I could actually go…"
She's about to find out.
The clock will start at 6am on 16th June, when Jenny rides out from Berlin, not stopping until she has cycled 18,000 miles across four continents. She will travel east through 14 countries - Germany, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Mongolia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, US, Portugal, Spain and France - taking four flights and one boat and consuming 660,000 calories.
By riding for 16 hours and averaging 180 miles a day, Jenny aims to beat the current record by 34 days.
This is a self-supported ride, so Jenny's rules are:
- I'll do it all myself, under my own power - no drafting
- I'll carry all my own gear
- I won't accept any outside support (deliveries only to public addresses or open homes, no vehicles of any kind meeting me along the way to provide supplies or assistance).