Worcester cyclist Andrea Turner has created a brand new awe inspiring record for her club after pedalling a gruelling 207 miles in 12 hours.
Andrea, a member of Worcester St John’s Cycling Club, competed in Cycling Time Trials 12 Hour Challenge despite suffering severe cramp after 85 miles which dogged her until the finish. She was unsupported which meant she had to stop regularly to re-fuel and drink on the undulating Hampshire course. No one from the club has ever attempted this before.
The 51 year old mother-of-three who lives in Northwick said it was the toughest thing she has ever done and will not be attempting to smash her own record.
“It was a record I was determined to break for my club,” revealed Andrea, a teacher. “It was the toughest mental test I have ever endured but my goal was first to finish, second to complete 180 miles, third 200 miles and fourth 204 miles which was what my grandfather Leslie G Willison achieved in 1928. “He was a member of Midland Cycling and Athletic Club and was aged 26 at the time and he was unemployed so he had lots of time to train. ”
WSJ club chairman Ed Dursley said Andrea is ‘an inspiration’ .
“Andrea initially got involved the club helping out at events to support her daughter Nixie who is a talented triathlete. Andrea started riding on our social rides and in just two years has improved massively, She has had an impressive year and to achieve this is just jaw dropping. It is an inspirational story for anyone wanting to give cycling a go.”
Andrea has been a member of Worcester St John’s for ten years and says she was bitten seriously by the cycling bug three years ago.
“This challenge became my ambition last year. I have been training really hard but I only decided to enter for sure two weeks before the event,” added Angela.
Martin Staines, WSJ club time trial secretary said: “Andrea’s ride of over 200 miles in such windy conditions is fantastic and I hope it encourages other women to have a go at this ultimate time trialling challenge.”