Earlier this week a dark horse emerged in the race for World Record success. Amanda Coker set herself the challenge of trying to beat the the 1938 record of 29,603.7 miles cycled in a year. The very same record that Kajsa Tylen set out to break on January 1st 2016.
We've been following Kajsa on social media and her Strava account to see how she's getting on with the record breaking attempt. Rather than accepting donations, Kajsa's aim is to promote cycling, and getting active. So rather than pledging money, Kajsa requested "Sweat Pledges" instead.
Riding every single day of the year, Kajsa has been on track to breaking this World Record by her final ride day on December 31st. However, from out to the blue, US cyclist Amanda Coker has beaten her to it.
Setting out to smash the same 1938 record, Coker began her journey mid- May and has been cycling roughly 200 miles per day. Needless to say with miles like that, Coker has already beaten the record, just 4 months after she set out.
The first thing to come to our mind was: "Bloody hell that's impressive. Well done Coker", but then Kajsa Tylen came into our thoughts, and how she must have felt upon hearing this news.
Last night Kajsa Tylen uploaded a new blog entry to express her feelings about Croker's record breaking success. She writes of Coker's achievement as: "This is truly astonishing and is a massive boost for women's long distance cycling. I can imagine that there are not many records where the women's beats that of the men's!".
After going into the complex rules, regulations and guidelines that accompany record breaking attempts, it's clear that this is so much more than an World Record for Tylen. She writes: "For me this attempt is so much more than the miles; it's an adventure that I may never experience again, and I will have stories of it to tell for years to come. Not only that but I've made some lifelong friends in the process!"
You can read Kajsa Tylen's full blog entry here. Being the great sportswomen that they are, both cyclists will continue to pedal those pins for their complete year in the saddle. Both riders are pushing themselves to the limits, inspiring others and setting new cycling records for years to come.
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