Jenny Graham - Fastest woman to cycle around the world in 124 days!

November 26, 2019

Scottish ultra-endurance adventurer Jenny Graham has smashed her way into the Guinness world records by becoming the fastest woman to cycle around the planet. Last summer her ride took her 18,000 miles, over 4 continents, through 16 countries, completing the trip solo and unsupported in just 124 days.

 

To prepare for that challenge Jenny raced some bike packing routes including the Arizona Trail 750, Highland Trail 550, the Cairngorm Loop and the Yorkshire dales 300 and completed a winter LEJOG in four days!

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Show notes

  • Jenny introduces herself

  • Growing up in the Highlands of Scotland

  • Being adventurous from a young age 

  • Getting into cycling and mountain biking

  • Lack of female role models growing up

  • Loving the challenge of mountain biking

  • Cycling to Bothies in Scotland and staying overnight

  • Doing an outdoor course and getting to go skiing

  • Getting work experience 

  • Funding her life with a young child

  • How her cycling developed

  • The Highland Trail 550 and quitting the race 8 days in!!! 

  • Wanting to go back and finish the race

  • Getting a road bike and how it was a game changer in terms of the miles she could do

  • Going on an Adventure Syndicate training camp

  • Meeting her coach John Hammond and getting a year of free coaching

  • Racing in Arizona 

  • Round the world record….

  • Working through her internal fears

  • The big questions - turning the dream into reality

  • 1 Year of preparation and why it was the hardest year

  • Sponsorship….and getting money

  • Coming out on social media and telling the world what she wanted to achieve

  • The rules and requirements for cycling around the world

  • Deciding on the route

  • Life on the road - what a typical day was like

  • Aiming to ride 15 hrs per day

  • Staying focused day after day 

  • Having to be kind to yourself

  • The WHY

  • The saddle saga

  • Dealing with the extremes in temperature

  • Not having a day off and trying to rest on planes

  • The struggle of organisation before and during the challenge

  • Breaking the world record and going back to that day 

  • Getting the adventure blues after the ride and adjusting back to normal life

  • Why Jenny thinks someone will beat her record next year

  • The biggest learning from cycling around the world

  • Not seeing barrier anymore

  • What the Adventure Syndicate is

  • The Adventure Syndicate Podcast

  • Quick Fire Questions

  • Final words of advice 

  • The next challenge

  • Film!

  • Book!

Social Media

 

Website: jennygrahamis.wordpress.com

Twitter: @jennygrahamis 

Instagram: @jennygrahamis

 

 

Adventure Syndicate

A collective of female cyclists doing extraordinary things by bike to inspire, encourage and enable others (especially women and girls) to feel capable of more

 

 

The Jenny Graham Podcast tells the story of an ordinary woman who took on the world… in record breaking time! Last summer ‘Adventure Syndicate’ Director Jenny Graham became the fastest woman to circumnavigate the planet by bike. She travelled solo and self supported. These podcasts are a combination of audio diaries and post trip interviews which give you a true insight into the world of an ultra endurance adventurer.

 

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