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Coffee First, Then the World: One Woman's Record-Breaking Pedal Around the Planet

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You soon whittle down your wants and settle on your actual needs', she doesn't assume that all her readers are cyclists. In 2018, amateur cyclist and GCN star contributor Jenny Graham, left family and friends behind in Scotland to become the fastest woman to cycle around the world.

Ridden fat bikes down Asia’s largest sand dune system The 'Khongoryn Els' and lost herself in Iceland one Friday night on the side of Fagradalsfjall volcano as molten lava poured from the creator rolling right by her feet.I have enjoyed Jenny's contributions to GCN for a long time and have wanted to know more about her record setting bike trip around the world. In 2018, over the course of 18,000 miles, amateur cyclist Jenny Graham smashed the round-the-world cycling record by nearly three weeks, finishing in 124 days and 11 hours. The routes were all saved on my Strava account and in my Dropbox as a back-up, but an issue with the Wi-Fi in the flat meant the routes wouldn’t upload the way they had when I’d practised. An inspiring memoir about fulfilling a childhood dream and becoming a record-breaking, round-the-world-cyclist.

Details of the mind-bending logistics of Jenny's self-supported journey around the planet are balanced beautifully with heart-warming tales of the kindness of strangers, descriptions of wild landscapes and (most importantly) where in the world to find the best cinnamon roll. Nothing seems to affect her when she’s dealt an uninspiring view, has plane booking nightmares, or has to miss meals by cycling throughout the night, topping off with calories from the food scraps in her bike bag.

The insight into her day to day life is fascinating and she truly captures the spirit of adventure in every page, leaving you raving to the end as she did but through pages not pedals! A raw and honest, yet still hilarious recount of Jenny Graham’s unsupported journey around the world. It felt a little long for me and I honestly wished I had purchased the audiobook instead of the text. The cockpit I’d set up on the handlebars would become my home – my front room and kitchen – for the next four months, holding all I’d need to navigate, collect data, charge equipment, light my way, carry clothes and food, and rest my weary body. Unlike other trekking accounts, Graham's is more like a memoir detailing how she came to attempt this record.

Brimming with wonderful observations and reflections, this takes pride of place on the adventure bookshelf. It’s amazing how fickle the mind is - last week I wanted to be a gamer, after reading this book I now want to be an endurance cyclist.Jenny broke the record, but it was what she discovered about herself and the world around her that truly changed her. Graham drove herself mercilessly to maintain a daily scheduled distance, and described the psychological battles she fought to keep pedaling, even when she fell ill.

Thank you Jenny Graham for this book, and as a person who also loves cycling you've given me another boost to get out there and ride my bike with a big smile on my face.

Whether it’s being shepherd around some bears on the road or putting her trust in mechanics to overhaul her bike hours before she is to set out again, Jenny seems to always have it together. Soon after competing for GB in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2001 she saw the light and decided to focus on cycling. cc every product is thoroughly tested for as long as it takes to get a proper insight into how well it works.

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