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Scottish mum smashes round the world cycling record

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Jenny Graham

Scottish cyclist Jenny Graham has become the fastest woman to cycle around the world after she circumnavigated the globe in 124 days, knocking nearly three weeks off the previous record.

The 37-year-old departed from Berlin on 16th June 2018. Fifteen countries across four continents later she rode back to where she started after 18,413 miles on the road.

“I just set out to see how far I could go,” the jubilant adventurer said. “The furthest I’ve cycled before was from Land’s End to John O’Groats, now I have cycled right around the world.

“It’s sometimes been tough, but I thrive on challenges on the road and of course it has also been so amazing.”

“I knew I wanted to do something solo to test my physical and mental ability. I am the fittest I have ever been, so I thought I’d train hard and give it a go. Here I am back in Berlin, I can hardly believe it,” she said.

Graham followed a general route established by Mark Beaumont, who last year set the absolute world record for fastest ride around the globe, finishing in just 79 days.

While Beaumont ended his ride in Paris, Graham started and completed hers in Berlin.

From Germany, she travelled through Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as Russia, Mongolia and China. She also passed through Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the US, Portugal and Spain before heading back to Germany via France, Belgium and Holland.