At 3pm on Thursday 7th January 2021, I am attempting to create a New World Record: Furthest Distance Covered on a Static Bicycle in 24 hours.
I demonstrate that we can all live to a greater potential by removing the glass ceiling on what is truly possible for our lives and society.
We need more people to challenge what we are capable of, and believe that we can be greater than we are today.
By me – a 41 year old woman from an ordinary background – taking on this challenge, a path will be cleared for other women to rise up and step into their own potential.
It’s also important to have a more diverse range of role models and ‘disruptors’, proving that regardless of your age, gender, colour or background, we can all strive for greatness in our own lives.
A World’s First Record?
Currently, no record exists for a female cycling on a static bicycle for 24hours, yet a male equivalent record exists. I intend to rectify this.
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In addition to attempting this world’s first, I will also attempt to break the 12-hour world record within the same period.
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Where Will the Event Take Place?
I start cycling at 3pm on Thursday 7th January and will stop cycling at 3pm on Friday 8th January!
Due to there being a lot of uncertainty about indoor groups, I don’t know where I will be cycling. We’ve two plans: Our back-up is to host the world record attempts in our flat in Keynsham, though I would prefer a larger (and more public) place. I’d love to welcome supporters to come and watch and cheer me on.
How I Train
I started my training plan in January this year and have been cycling 3-5 times a week. I set up my Trek bike indoors on an Elite turbo trainer, and do most of my cycling from our spare bedroom/gym so can train regardless of the weather and lockdown restrictions.
My training is a mixture of long rides (up to 10-12 hours) and faster rides for 3-4 hours. I have a cycling coach who’s supporting me and keeping an eye on my power, cadence (number of pedal turns per minute), heart rate and speed. Together, we make sure I’m not burning myself out, and am on-track for the record.
Why do you think there is no equivalent record for women?
I still see a discrepancy in how we treat male athletes compared to their female counterparts. When I turn on the TV, or open a newspaper, I usually see stories about male-teams and their stories. Men receive more press coverage, more sponsors and are also supported earlier on their journey towards becoming professional athletes than their female counterparts.
Most professional women athletes have to juggle a part-time job to cover expenses and also expect a shorter career in sport.
I think this predominantly male-focused attitude in sport is creating a glass ceiling for women to attempt records that their male counterparts are achieving.
We need more female role models and women like me who aren’t afraid to attempt some crazy big goals!
Curious About What Else I’m Up To?
In June 2022, I’m embarking on The Limitless Challenge, an epic adventure that no person has ever attempted. Over 10 months, I plan to cycle 3,000 miles across America, swim the English Channel and summit Everest, all within 10 months!
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