In 2018, Denise Mueller-Korenek set the world record for paced bicycle land speed, traveling at an average of 183.932 MPH, becoming the fastest cyclist on earth.
Denise smashed the previous record of 147.7 MPH set in 1995, and in doing so, became the first and only woman in history to hold the world record, which was first established in 1899.
Denise also has multiple other athletic achievements to her name, including:
US Women’s Human Powered Bicycle Record holder (non motor paced) at 70.6mph (Sept 2019)
15 National Cycling Championships (Mt. Biking, Road & Velodrome)
Ironman and Half Ironman finisher (2013)
2 x Jr. World Championship medalist in Mt. Biking in Italy (Downhill & Cross Country)
Completed over 50 half marathons in 29 states + DC
Completed over 9 marathons on 4 continents, including Antarctica (2013) & The Great Wall of China (2017)
Denise is an inspiration to all cyclists, and continues to push the boundaries of what is humanly possible. Listen to Denise on the Tough Girl Podcast.
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Being based in San Diego in California
Her claim to fame
Being an athlete her entire life
Her passions and interests at a young age
Coming from a high achieving family
Getting her first bike
Entering her first 100 mile charity race with her dad
Riding from San Fransisco to San Diego
Meeting her Cycling Coach John Howard
Role models in the sport
Her dreams of becoming a professional athlete
Creating vision cards
Dealing with performance pressure/anxiety
1991 - Going to the World Championships to Italy as a Junior
Deciding to leave the sport
Making the transition out of the sport and what happened next
Meeting her husband and having children
Running a family business
Keeping healthy but not challenging herself physically
Being inspired by the women at the gym
Signing up for her first Marathon
Building on each success
Dealing with anxiety related to extreme competition
Looking for the next challenge and next opportunity
Being the first female to go after the land speed record on a bike
Needing to become a National Champion
What the land speed record is
What’s going through her head at that speed
Why there is nothing apart from that moment
Dealing with the dangers and managing the risks
Having trust in her team
Physical preparation and being in the shape possible to take on this challenge
Setting a new goal - Running half marathons in every state of America
Having a gratitude board
Advice around setting goals
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