Almost exactly four years ago, Nici Walde broke the women’s world record for the distance that can be cycled in 24 hours. It is actually the longest distance a woman has ever covered under her own power. Without using any support in the form of a lead car or gravity. On July 29, 2018, she completed 227 laps of the Opel Test Track in Rodgau-Dudenhofen, Germany, an incredible 1,088 km / 676 miles. She was 44 years old.
At 10:30 yesterday morning, she launched an attack on her own record. This time on the DEKRA circuit also in Germany. She also missed the World Championships in Orgelet, France last weekend in order to be as prepared as possible for today’s record-breaking ride. And it worked! She managed to cover 1130 kilometers / 702 miles in 24 hours.