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Scots cyclist becomes fastest woman to ride round world

Jenny Graham, from Inverness, has beaten the current world record record by 20 days.

A cyclist from Inverness has become the fastest woman to circumnavigate the world by bike.

Arriving in Berlin on Thursday, Jenny Graham, 37, completed her feat in 125 days, shaving almost three weeks off the previous world record.

She rode 18,000 miles across 15 countries, starting in Berlin on June 16. On average, she cycled 156 miles a day, totally unsupported and carrying all of her kit.

During the journey, Jenny faced sub-zero temperatures in Australia, the risk of bears in Canada and close-passing lorries on the Trans-Siberian Highway.

Celebrations: Jenny arrives in Berlin.
Celebrations: Jenny arrives in Berlin. Cycling UK

Finishing her ride at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, Jenny was met by a crowd of supporters including her son, mum and sister.

She said: "I just set out to see how far I could go.

"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."

'The furthest I've cycled before was from Land's End to John o' Groats, now I have cycled right around the world.'
Jenny Graham

Jenny's whole journey was tracked by GPS, with thousands of fans checking the live stream to see how far she had travelled.

To make the record official, Guinness World Records will need to ratify the data. If her record is confirmed, both the male and female round the world cycling records will be held by Scots.

The fastest man is Mark Beaumont. It took him 78 days with a full support team in 2017.

Mark said: "Just phenomenal riding and all the way with a smile, with a cheer, with a sense of humility and the excitement of the unknown around the corner.

"Hopefully we'll have two Scots holding the circumnavigation in world records by bicycle - brilliant!"

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