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. See this blog post for what I am looking for in crew members. Don’t be shy to contact me.
Another way to get involved is to buy one of the official LEJOG RECORD CAPS. On the inside of the visor there is a special message ‘BE THE EGG’, 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 along my LEJOG route when I set out for the record attempt in September and I hope you will enjoy wearing it on your weekend rides too. The proceeds from the cap sales will help me to finance this record attempt. 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!
I will regularly update you on my preparations through my blog, Facebook Page and a dedicated website. During the LEJOG record attempt itself, you will be able to follow my challenge 24/7 through live tracking software and a ‘followmychallenge‘ link showing you my progress on a map, including elapsed time and distance, actual weather data and my performance against the current record. There will also be a Facebook and Twitter integration for this tool.
I would be incredibly grateful to any organisations/companies that might be able to provide product/technical support for my solo LEJOG record attempt, be that at a discount, on loan etc.
I will strive to be a strong ambassador for your brand and would like to discuss how I can best add value and include your brand in communication/media exposure.