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Jasmijn Muller looks to become fastest female to ride from Land's End to John O'Groats

Joe Robinson
6 Sep 2017

Jasmijn Muller has set off in hope of becoming the fastest woman to ride from Land's End to John O'Groats solo

Departing at 7am this morning, management consultant come cyclist Jasmijn Muller has begun her attempt at breaking the Land's End to John O'Groats solo cycling record for a woman. 

The 38-year-old looks to eclipse the 15-year-old record set by Lynne Taylor in 2002 aiming to ride the 841-mile trip in under 52 hours. This means Muller will have to average over 16mph, or 25kmph, over the course of the attempt. 

Along the way, Muller will have to endure 10,737 metres of climbing in this record attempt. If the London based cyclist hits her goal of 52 hours, she will break the current record by around 1 hour, leaving little room for error. 

If the first challenge of LEJOG goes to plan, muller plans to push herself further by challenging the record for the fastest time to cover 1,000 miles, which currently sits at 64 hours and 38 minutes. 

It goes without saying that to successfully complete a challenge as tough as this, a vast amount of preparation and training would have been needed, something that is evident with Muller. 

No stranger to ultra-endurance, Muller was the fastest female to complete the 890 mile London-Edinburgh-London audax this year whilst also winning the national 24-hour time trial championships, being bettered by only two male athletes. 

Besides the training, extensive reconnaissance work has been done to plan the quickest route possible as a team including mechanics and a paramedic follow her in a supporting team car. 

Muller, herself, recognises that this attempt is beyond the challenge of the record, and test of her mental strength. 

'LEJOG isn’t just about breaking a record. Everyone who has ever attempted the ride knows that it’s a test of who you are as much as of what you can do,' said Muller.

'I hope that I’ve got the same inner strength as the remarkable women who have taken on this challenge
over the years.'

Follow Muller's attempt online where you track her progress via an interactive map.  

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