I love looking at it. Imagining all the different places we could go. One night we happened upon the question “if we were to ride our bikes around the world, where would our route go?” The thought drew us closer to the map, annotating arcs across continents, noticing places we’d like to include and places we’d never really thought about.
It was the seed of an idea that was ready to dig in roots.
When I started trawling the internet to find out what other people had done I immediately noticed a pattern in the names – they were all male –– whaaat, no women? I hadn’t even anticipated people would be rolling out to set world records, noticing one didn’t even exist for a woman got me more excited. Challenge accepted!!
And so began the countless hours pouring over blogs, researching routes, and corresponding with experts around the world.
The route requirements set out for a Guinness World Record (GWR) provided a structure for me to begin laying down our route, we needed to:
- Start and finish at the same location
- Cycle in one direction (East to West or West to East), with any considerable distance in the opposite direction being discounted from the overall distance
- Cycle a minimum of 18,000 miles (28,970km) and travel a total distance the length of the equator (24,900 miles or 40,075km)
- Ride through two approximate antipodal points (opposite points of the planet)