LEJOG is a classic cycle touring challenge covering the length of Great Britain. It is also the blue riband distance among long distance record-breaking in the UK.
In 1954, Eileen Sheridan set a new LEJOG record of 2 days, 11 hours and 7 minutes that stood for decades.
In 2013, I had the pleasure to hear Eileen speak about her records at a local event in Isleworth.
Ever since that event, this signed picture of Eileen has been firmly positioned on the wall in my ‘turbo room’, to inspire me to train hard and help me achieve my own long distance cycling goals.
Eileen is now well into her 90s, but I dream of breaking the current record while she is still alive.
The current solo women’s record for LEJOG is 52 hours and 45 minutes. It was set in 2002 by Lynne Biddulph (nee Taylor).
The record has stood unchallenged since 2002, but I believe that I can break it. What’s more, whilst at it, I will keep going for the 1,000 miles record of 64 hours and 38 minutes!
My LEJOG solo record attempt is planned for summer/autumn 2018 (exact month and date to be determined based on the weather). In the build-up, I will ride a number of long Audax rides and compete at various time trials, including a number of 12-hour and 24-hour events.
To break the LEJOG solo record, I will need to keep going, just like the Duracell Bunny. The challenge is about power and endurance, both physical and mental. As I have discovered with other long-distance events, the longer the distance, the more can go wrong. Careful preparation and a strong support crew will be crucial.
Please get in touch (see the ‘contact me’ page for my email address) if you would like to be part of my record attempt crew.
Another way to get involved is to buy one of the BE THE EGG CAPS, HOODIES & T-SHIRTS. ‘BE THE EGG’ is the mantra I use (and you may find helpful to) when the going gets tough. It reminds me of the quote that “the same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances”. It would be awesome to see many of these caps, hoodies and t-shirts along my LEJOG route during the record attempt and I hope wearing them will give you a little boost when needed too. 50% of proceeds from the sales will help me to finance this record attempt. The other 50% will go to Cancer Research UK. If I end up with more money then is needed, all surplus will go to Cancer Research UK. Get your order in now; be the egg!
Last year we managed to raise £3,965 for Cancer Research UK. I hope many of you can help to add a little more to that this year and help us reach the target of £5,000. The Just Giving link can be found here
Further details about the record attempt can be found on https://www.lejogrecord.co.uk/, along with (in due time) a tracker showing every 2.5 minutes how I am getting on during the record attempt.