High­land cy­clist takes on round-the-world record

In­ver­ness cy­clist go­ing the dis­tance with her Scot­tish-built bike

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - LOCALNEWS - BY CHRIS MACLENNAN

A cy­clist from the High­lands is to em­bark on a gru­elling chal­lenge of nav­i­gat­ing the globe on a Scot­tish-built bike this week­end.

Jenny Gra­ham, from In­ver­ness, aims to com­plete her chal­lenge by putting Scot­tish bike- build­ing ex­per­tise to the test as she trav­els through 15 dif­fer­ent coun­tries, ex­ceed­ing 18,000 miles in the process.

She will leave from Berlin to­mor­row morn­ing.

Jenny said: “I am par­tic­u­larly proud to be mak­ing the bid for glory on a bike with strong Scot­tish cre­den­tials, de­signed and built by Shand founder and gen­eral man­ager, Steven Shand and his team at Liv­ingston with sup­port from col­leagues at the firm’s sis­ter plant in Leam­ing­ton Spa.”

The 38 -year-o ld chil­dren’s ser­vices worker has al­ready clocked more than 3,000 miles on her cus­tom bi­cy­cle in train­ing as she aims to smash the world record for the time taken for a fe­male to cir­cle the globe on a bi­cy­cle un­sup­ported.

She added: “It was amaz­ing. They just mea­sured me up and then pro­duced this great ma­chine that fits me like a glove.”

The bike has been con­structed by Shand Cy­cles with the aim of pro­vid­ing Jenny with the ad­e­quate equip­ment to cover 180 miles per day.

The record stands at 144 days and was set by Ital­ian rider Paola Gian­otti in 2014.

Steven Shand said: “Our aim for Jenny was to cre­ate a bike that would give her max­i­mum com­fort, so she could al­most for­get it was there at all.”

PREPA­RA­TION: Jenny Gra­ham, her spe­cially tai­lored bike and its de­signer and builder, Steven Shand, who has worked with Sir Chris Hoy

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