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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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 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
Quick Fire Questions
Final words of advice
The next challenge
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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