Juliana Buhring may have just set the world record for circumnavigating the world in 152 days by bicycle, but her title is already being challenged.
Liz Dimmock, a 35-year-old business woman from Wargrave, near Henley-on-Thames has unveiled her plans to take on the record, by cycling the 29,968 km (18,621 miles) in just 150 days, shaving two-days off Juliana’s time.
Dimmock will start in Istanbul, Turkey on October 12, 2013, and travel east to west through Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, UK, France, Spain, Portugal, US, New Zealand, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Oman, and the UAE.
Speaking at the recent launch event for her ride, Dimmock said:
People keep asking me if I’m excited for the journey ahead. The answer is absolutely yes but of course there is what I hope is a healthy level of anxiousness too. There is a lot to do over the coming months.
If you’d told me two years ago I’d be preparing to cycle the globe and set a new World Record I would have not known where to begin.
Dimmock caught the cycling bug six years ago when trying a road bike with a friend. Since then Liz road locally in her hometown and clocked up miles in sportives. Not content with pushing herself in local challenges, Liz signed up to a number of long distance events. Impressively, in just five years, she’s clocked up more than 50 UK and International rides.
Liz was the only female rider to complete the 2012 Tour de Force, a 3,479 km charity ride that mirrored all 20 stages of the 2012 Tour de France, a week ahead of the pros. This momentous ride planted the seed for the WorldRide.
This is a very different journey to other world cycle events, one where we are inviting and encouraging others to ride with us.
We are travelling fully supported so that we can share this journey with other enthusiasts. One of the things I love the most about cycling is that it is best enjoyed with friends, and whilst in conversation.
Dimmock is also aiming to raise awareness of cycling among women and encourage more women to take up cycling.
Cycling has grown significantly but this growth has not been mirrored in women’s cycling. It is a fantastic sport that women can enjoy at any level, anywhere and is a great way of keeping fit, seeing friends and exploring beautiful places. I hope to see more women cycling at all levels.
Now with her suits in storage for the next 12 months, Liz is counting down to the monumental WorldRide task ahead, which will see her ride over 215 km a day for 150 days – equivalent to 687 marathons.
Not only is Liz striving to set a new World Record she aims to raise £1m for War Child UK and to inspire more women to take up cycling or cycle more.
A charity close to Liz’s heart, War Child protects children from the brutal effects of war and helps to rebuild their lives. The charity is on the ground in some of the world’s most dangerous countries – providing life-changing support for the most vulnerable children whose homes, families and communities are torn apart by conflict. Liz chose a charity that showed great results, partnership and transparency in approach.
Before Liz sets off on this epic adventure we will be interviewing her about the challenge that lays ahead. If you have any questions you would like us to ask her, please leave them in the comments below.