Laura in her own words:
“I’m a 35 yo Veterinary Surgeon, ultra/long distance cyclist, hiker and runner who loves having adventures... and this year, 2022 I plan to break the tandem around the World Record with my husband Stevie.
I started out in life not at all sporty or fit but adventurous: white water kayaking, cycling, hiking and camping.
I realised mid-twenties I wanted to get fitter as well and this coincided with meeting Stevie and being introduced to long distance cycling where I completes a range of long distance events on solo and Tandem including the infamous Paris-Brest-Paris solo and Lejog on a tandem.
I then took up running and after a couple of false starts ran wainwright's coast to coast by myself in May with Stevie as support, 190miles in 5 days. We have also completed some of the more epic long distance walks I the UK such as Offas Dyke and the Pennine Way, camping along the way with our dog Geoffrey (as well as West Highland way, Ridgeway and Hadrians wall)
2022 is the big one though! 18,000 miles, 180 days, 2 people, 1 bike!! We set off in June to attempt to break the current Tandem World Record!”
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Who is Laura
Her passion for long distance cycling
Growing up adventurous, but not being sporty when younger
Getting into Lyrica!
Drifting away from sports during uni and work
Starting her fitness journey again
Audax - a long distance cycling club
Studying to become a Veterinarian
Meeting Stevie at a beer festival
First dates and getting the tandem bike out
Never being a gym goer
Getting back to the basics and building things gradually
Say hello to the dogs!!
What she loves about long distance cycling
Being competitive with herself
Her first 100 mile race
The Super Randonneur award
Tactics for riding on the bike as a team
All Points North an unsupported cycling event across the north of England.
The planning and the logistics
The challenge for 2022!
Deciding to cycle around the world on a Tandem!!!
Starting in Berlin, Germany
The money, the budget and paying for the challenge
Getting the initial sponsorship
Wanting to be sponsored by Alpkit
The approx start date… 5th June 2022
Having supportive bosses
The final bit of preparation and what’s involved
Riding throughout winter and getting use to riding in all weathers
New podcast - Stoked to be here!
How to follow along with the journey
Final words of advice for other women who want to take on a big, exciting challenge
Facebook: SteLa Tandem Round the World Record
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