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article imageVideo: 71-year-old granny who cycled Russia now to hit Europe

By Anne Sewell     Jun 4, 2012 in Sports
Yulia Mikhailyuk has cycled right across Russia 16 times and now plans to travel across Europe. An amazing feat indeed!
When she was 50, this physical education teacher decided to start cycling to keep fit. She has been doing this ever since. She says she "had to do something after her retirement."
The 71-year-old woman has cycled right across the biggest country in Europe 16 times, which is an average of approximately 1 trip every year.
Now Yulia Mikhailyuk is setting her sights on cycling right across Europe.
Mikahailyuk says, "Every day from dusk 'til dawn I'm cycling. I do take rest stops, but they used to last an hour or two. Now they are only half an hour. I rest while I eat and then get back on the wheels again."
She's planning to head to Paris to commemorate the march of the Russian army in its defeat of Napoleon in 1812.
While most of us think a walk of a mile is an accomplishment, this lady considers a 4,500km ride quite normal.
Apparently Mikhailyuk runs 10kms every morning in winter to keep fit, and as soon as spring arrives, she is back on her bicycle yet again.
"I often get asked, why don't I take anyone along with me. But how can I? Who would come with me?"
She never sees a doctor and she never gets sick. All she carries with her is a medical first-aid kit in case of injury while cycling.
Mikahilyuk thinks it will take her 2 months to get to Paris and she will be taking a tent along to sleep in on the way.
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