Scottish cyclist Jenny Graham is due to arrive in Berlin this Thursday and break the Guinness World Record for being the fastest woman circumnavigate the globe by bike.
If all goes to plan, the 38-year-old from Inverness will have completed the 18,000-mile journey in 124 days, almost three weeks inside the 144 days set by Italy’s Paola Gianotti in 2014.
Unlike Gianotti, whose successful attempt on the record previously held by Juliana Buhring was paused for three months while she recovered from injury, Graham has undertaken her ride fully unsupported.
The requirements to be satisfied for the Guinness World Record make no distinction between whether a rider is supported or unsupported, however.
Earlier this afternoon, Graham – a member of the female riding collective The Adventure Syndicate– crossed the border from France into Belgium, having arrived in Portugal on a flight from Canada last week. You can follow her progress here.
She is also a member of Cycling UK and sent the charity the following video message as she headed towards Halifax, Nova Scotia to catch her flight to Europe ahead of the final leg of her journey.
Should her record attempt be ratified, both the men’s and women’s Guinness World Records for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by bicycle will be held by Scots, with Mark Beaumont last year regaining the men’s record when, on a supported ride, he completed the trip in just under 79 days.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.