Last month, Jenny Graham broke the women’s record for the fastest around-the-world bike trip. The 37-year-old from Scotland covered 16 countries and more than 18,400 miles in 124 days, comfortably besting Italian Paola Gianotti, the previous record-holder, who made the journey in 144 days in 2014. “I just set out to see how far I could go,” Graham told The Guardian. “It’s sometimes been tough, but I thrive on challenges on the road.”
If you’re surprised that a woman set this new record, don’t be. “I’ve been coaching mostly women, including Denise, for the past 35 or 40 years,” said John Howard, Mueller-Korenek’s coach, who once held the motor-paced record himself at 152 mph back in 1985. “My theory is that women are able to push that aging envelop a little further than men and are more capable of long-distance peak performance.”
The Tour de France plans to do away with “podium girls,” the longstanding but controversial tradition in which models present awards and pose with winners after each stage of the race, according to The Times. Podium girls, also known as hostesses, are a common sight in pro cycling. Their signature pose—two conventionally attractive women standing on either side of a male winner, each giving him a kiss on the cheek—makes for photo-ready moments that appear in the media every racing season.