You’d think that cycling round the world once was enough for a lifetime.

Spending over three years pedalling more than 60,000km through 43 countries and five continents should leave any itchy feet well and truly scratched.

Any feet but those of Jaimi Wilson, that is.

The intrepid traveller is now aiming to cycle across the planet in record time.

The 33-year-old has plotted her new route from her home in Penrith.

Why bother? That’s the hardest question in the world, she says.

“I’m trying to think about what I want to do. I’ll probably think it when I’m 93, not 33,” she smiles.

“This life of going to work, who really wants to do it? That’s why most people are not that happy.

“But for me it was travel originally and doing something different, pushing my boundaries.

“I used to be a budding athlete, I used to play football at quite an elite level and never quite made it.

“It is quite hard for a woman, there aren’t that many opportunities, so it was pushing myself in different ways, but not physically, so I was always thinking I wonder how fast I can go and what I could do physically. And break the record.”

She set off on her first trip just three months after being inspired by a video of a man who cycled through the Americas.

Her own trip took much longer, and although she was mugged, attacked by dogs, harassed by men and saved herself from heatstroke in China by crawling into a toilet drain, she can’t wait to go again.

She returned from her round the world adventure just before Christmas.

Since then, the senior accountant has been back at work at her old job with David Allen accountants in Penrith and says of her other existence: “I miss it. I absolutely loved it. It was the best three years of my life.

“You find yourself. You feel like you’ve changed and then you come back and slot into exactly where you were and feel yourself slipping back because life demands you were the same as when you left because you have to keep doing the same things.

“I changed mostly in my outlook to life and about important things in life.

“Definitely not stressing about small things and thinking about more than just yourself every time you do something.

“Just thinking about the impact of everything you do.

“Simple things like buying food. I try to eat vegan, not buy plastic and cycle to work.

“With the cycling, I’m trying to tie it into something bigger like encouraging women to travel more, go into sport more and go into primary schools to encourage children to do more.”

During her last trip, she carried 60 kilos on the bike and covering 75 to 85 miles a day.

This time will be bare minimum. One spare set of clothes, a bivvi bag and a sleeping bag. No cooking equipment.

The record for a woman cycling around the world unsupported stands at 124 days. Jaimi is aiming to do it in less than 120 days.

She will need around £20,000 for the attempt.

While she’s putting in the practice miles, it is more difficult to raise the sponsorship.

She’s living with mum and dad to save money and says: “It is unsupported for a woman because it is hard for women to raise the amount of money to do it with back-up.

“It costs between £300,000 and £400,000 to do a fully supported attempt I have no profile, you have to have a really big profile to get that kind of money.”

She has some sponsorship promised but admits it is “not a lot”.

At the moment she is concentrating on her training and on giving inspirational talks in schools and to groups.

“I do a mixture of tempo and longer rides,” she says of her training. “On Saturday I did 180. The most I’ve done at the moment is 225.

“I felt good after that. I was fine the next day which is the main thing.”

It’s a step up from her last effort. She didn’t train at all for the last trip.

She remembers: “I hadn’t even been out on the bike once. I shoved all those panniers on my bike and it weighed 60 kilos, I didn’t even think I was going to be able to get out of Penrith.

“I thought ‘this is embarrassing, I can’t even ride this bike’, but you get used to it.”

Next time she will be aiming to cover hours not miles.

She says: “I’m looking to cycle 15 hours a day. If you have a headwind or a tailwind, it should over 100 days even itself out, whereas if you try and hit the miles all the time, it is not a productive way of doing it.

She was able to take her time as she travelled through 43 countries on the last trip.

This time there’s no chance of sightseeing and she’ll be sticking to highways, not byways.

It is more through northern Europe, trying to avoid the mountains and travelling east, keeping to developed countries and passing through just18.

“It is going to be more ‘type 2’ fun where you absolutely hate it in the moment but when looking back on it you think ‘that was brilliant, I want to do it again’, but life needs to be a balance of both,” she beams.

She will start in Paris or Berlin, then pedal through Russia, Mongolia and China, fly to Australia, New Zealand, across to Canada, Nova Scotia, then back to Europe.

Jaimi explains: “You have to cover 18,000 miles on the bike, you have to pass two opposite points on the globe and go in a continuous direction and start and finish in the same place.

“I’m looking forward to Canada. That will be the last stretch and it will be just go – and avoid the bears!”

The only problem with Russia is the big trucks that tank along the road. But you get used to the traffic skimming past, she insists.

Security isn’t a huge issue for her during her travels - at least not once she’s left the UK.

“The only problem I had last time was when I stopped in Stoke on my third day,” she recalls.

“Coming out of Asda with my sandwich for the day, someone was kicking it to bits trying to get it off the lamppost it was tied to.”


If you would like to sponsor Jaimi Wilson’s record-breaking attempt to be the fastest woman cycling unsupported around the world contact her on or on instagram jaimi.wilson