Seven female cyclists aim to break Mark Beaumont's record for the North Coast 500 route in the Highlands of Scotland that stands at 38 hours

Seven female cyclists will take part in a 500-mile non-stop time trial across the Scottish Highlands in pursuit of Mark Beaumont’s speed record.

Former British mountain bike champion Lee Craigie is one of riders taking part, to coincide with the launch of the Adventure Syndicate – an initiative to encourage more women into cycling.

>>> Watch: Mark Beaumont’s epic non-stop ride around the north of Scotland

Beaumont completed the North Coast 500 route in just 38 hours in August 2015, with the challenging route taking in more than 10,000m of climing, including the daunting Bealach na Ba.

Craigie told Herald Scotland: “We feel it is time to present women in cycling in a different light. All too often, the physical appearance of a female athlete is the first thing that is considered, rather than her skill and ability.

“Less combative approaches to triumphing over challenges are rarely celebrated in the sporting world, or the world in general. It’s time these things changed.”

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The record attempt will take place on the weekend of May 14-15

  • gr1nch

    Fantastic idea. Brings this little known challenge onto the public eye as well as the primary aim of focusing attention on female cyclists skill and endurance. Reminds me of Beryl Burton’s exploits.

    Today, I was in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia and a town-centre bike race happened to be going on with girls and boys racing together, perhaps 12-15, with a fully liveried lead car in front of them and police closing of the road. Wonderful.