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Glasgow ultra-cyclist sets sights on four world records in a day

12-hour charity effort for Edinburgh Children's Hospital and Epilepsy Action...

Katie Ford is to make an attempt to break the six, eight and 12-hour indoor track cycling world records as well as the record for the fastest 100-miles on an indoor track. The ultra-cyclist, who underwent major brain surgery as a teenager, will be raising money for the Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity and Epilepsy Action through her efforts. You can donate here.

31-year-old Ford has had epilepsy since she was four and took to cycling when her condition prevented her from driving.

She will be making her attempt at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome on July 2.

“The countdown is well and truly on,” she told Glasgow Live. “With just under three weeks to go my training is only getting more intense.

“I’m so excited for this challenge. The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is an amazing facility and having it for 12-hours straight is a real privilege – even if it might be a painful one. I have to prepare myself as this record attempt ride is the biggest challenge of my life and I will have to be at my peak both physically and mentally."

Ford completed the Race Across America when she was at university and earlier this year narrowly missed breaking the 348km women’s 12-hour static cycling record, covering 340.4km.

"Knowing that I am raising money for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity and Epilepsy Action will really help to motivate me during the most difficult times in the saddle,” she said.

"These charities have been there for me whenever I need them and it is so rewarding being able to give something back and know that my efforts will help to make a difference to the lives of young people living with epilepsy.

"The patients and friends I have met through these two charities, provide me with more inspiration and mental strength, than I could have ever hoped for.”

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