Cyclist rides 1,135 virtual miles to claim Zwift world record
Dutch cyclist Jasmijn Muller has set a new Zwift single-session distance of 1,828km (1,135.9 miles). The new record (for both men and women) bests the previous length by 201km (125 miles) and took Muller 62 hours, 4 minutes, and 10 seconds on her bike.
The self-titled “cycling-mad Dutchie” rode a Specialized S-Works Shiv triathlon bike mounted to a Wahoo KICKR trainer. The entire journey was completed in her home in London.
After over 62 hours and 1,827km, Muller decides to stop before anything goes wrongJasmijn Muller
Through Twitter, Facebook, and her own site, she invited other Zwift riders to help her out, giving her a virtual draft. Even the previous record holder, Chris Hopkinson, joined in and helped Muller.
Her successful attempt began Saturday, February 18 at 3:00pm and ended February 21. The 62-hour time period did include a few quick, 25-minute sleep sessions and bathroom breaks.
Her support staff included her husband, performance psychologist Dr. Josephine Perry, other female bike racers, and encouraging friends and neighbors.
Muller is no stranger to endurance cycling. She is the former British national 12-hour time trial champion and 2015 Best British All-Rounder winner. This virtual endurance ride was undertaken to raise money for cancer research and to raise funds for Muller’s upcoming LEJOG record attempt.
Riders from all over the world on Zwift helped Muller with drafts and encouragementJasmijn Muller
“It was a proud moment to be able to prove that when it comes to endurance sports women can be just as good as men, and sometimes beat them. It felt amazing. I hope I did women around the world proud and gave them confidence to go after their own goals,” said Muller.