In 2021 Christina Mackenzie became the fastest woman to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats breaking the Guinness World record with and astounding time of 51 hours, 5 minutes and 5 seconds. Travelling the 839 miles distance she broke a 19 year old record held by Lynne Taylor. We chat about how she got involved in long/ ultra distance cycling, what lead her to a World record and her strategy for her record breaking ride.
After a series of life changing strokes in her younger years Mel never gave up on here passion for sport and the outdoors. Living up to her mantra of "Dream Big" she is a paralympian, having competed in the London and Rio Olympics and then went onto break the LEJOG (Land's End John O'Groats) handcycle record. Just this year she has completed her Handcycle Britain challenge, circumnavigating the coastline of the UK on handcycle, unsupported.
Mel is an absolute inspiration and a delight to chat to so I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as I enjoyed recording it!
In 2013 Rob started out on an epic adventure where he travelled 11,000km in 7 months to India. This changed his life forever and he was hooked on long distance cycling. He has since crossed several other continents before further raising the bar by getting involved in Ultradistance racing. He has held the World record for cycling the length of Europe and raced events such as the Two Volcanos sprint.
His travels through so many different countries and his expertise in long distance make him a fantastic guest to give us lots of tips ahead of our own big ride!
In this episode I'm delighted to have the opportunity to speak to adventurer, ultra-distance cyclist and author Emily Chappell. We first had the opportunity to hear about Emily's adventures alongside Jenny Graham (the female around the World Record holder) at a talk in Buxton and was introduced to her book "Where there's Will" (Or order direct via Instagram message and sometimes she even cycle delivers! He other book is "What Goes Around")
This event certainly sowed the seeds of interest with us of how far we could go and it was great to chat to Emily about some of her more far flung adventures, about her ultra-endurance racing career on rides such as the Transcontinental and of course the best snacks!
Although we didn't get the chance to chat about it so much she is a fantastic advocate of different body images in cycling and LGBTQ persons in cycling too
Vedangi grew up in India and started her endurance cycling career by riding through the Himalayas as a teenager. When she moved to the UK to study, her passion for long-distance cycling remained and after riding to John O'Groats and London-Edinburgh-London she decided to try and break the female World circumnavigation record...aged 19 years old! Her story is full of adventures and dramatic stories and she arrived back having ridden 24,000km in 159days.
She now runs her own business helping others organise their own adventures and has exciting plans for the future too.
Katie Kookaburra is an ultradistance cyclist, YouTuber and generally an amazing inspiration for anyone interested in getting into the World of long-distance cycling and endurance.
Her YouTube channel has over 86k subscribers and she vlogs about everything from weight loss, to long-distance rides to cycle fuelling recipes. Katie chats about her journey into long-distance cycling and beyond in this podcast!
Ian Walker is the North to South Europe World record holder, riding across Europe, 6367km in 16days 20hours and 59minutes. He has also participated in the Transcontinental race and has been first finisher in the North Cape 4000. He has a wealth of experience in ultradistance cycling and running, but is also a Professor of Environmental Psychology doing research on road safety, travel choice and energy consumption.
Steve Abraham is a bit of a legend in the Audax World. He quickly outdistanced his local CTC rides before he found out about Audax and then started going after the points record. But one challenge was even more tempting: the Highest Annual Mileage Record.
The Highest Annual Mileage record is the most miles ridden in any one rolling year and had last been set in 1939 by Tommy Godwin and Steve was determined to break it. It took a few attempts, different strategies and a broken ankle before in 2017 Steve held the Highest Annual Mileage for his age group and here he tells about his journey.
Unfortunately, technical issues meant we have been unable to recover the second half of Steve's podcast but we hope you still enjoy hearing his tale.
Matilda is a very special tandem bicycle and her "dynamic crew" are "old gal" Di and "old git" Colin who tell us all about the joys of a bicycle made for two.
We are talking all things tandem this episode and it's about the smiles not the miles as many of Matilda's rides are. We hear about how true love can blossom from a blind date on tandem, how it's always better when you tandem together and who the Nutty Tandemers are and what they get up to!
Colin and Di also give tips on how to get into tandem riding, some of the trials and tribulations of their adventures and how a tandem bicycle writes an award-winning blog!
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Tandem WOW is Cat Dixon and Rachael (Raz) Marsden and this incredible tandem pair not only hold the female tandem World circumnavigation record, but also beat the means record by 17days!
They have been one of our biggest inspirations for our attempt and this was an amazing opportunity to hear about how they did it.
They have also been named in the top 100 women in cycling 2020 and have raised an immense amount of money for their charities: Oxfam and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.