15 June 2023

Lesa Ashford arrives in QLD

Lesa Ashford has accomplished a remarkable feat by becoming the first woman to circumnavigate Australia solo by bicycle. Her journey began on International Women’s Day, 8 March, 2023, and she completed her 14,100-kilometer ride after 93 days, setting a new world record. The Road Record Association of Australia and the United States-based World Ultracycling Association have overseen her world record attempt, making it an official achievement recognised globally. 

Lesa’s journey around Australia is not only a significant personal achievement, but it has also allowed her to make a difference in the lives of first responders. Lesa raised both money and awareness in support of first responder mental health and wellbeing,  a crucial cause that requires more attention. Lesa’s efforts have been inspiring and have already made a positive impact on the lives of many. 

In her own words, “Choosing Fortem was almost an instant decision. This is my way of giving back to first responders.” Lesa’s motivation to support the first responder community stems from her own experience a head-on collision with a truck earlier in her life. She still remembers the first responders who helped her following the accident and feels a strong desire to give back to them. 

Through her fundraising efforts, Lesa has raised $6,855 so far. Her hope is to inspire positive change and make a lasting impact not only for women in sport but also for first responders. Her journey around Australia has been an inspiration to many, and her dedication to promoting gender equality in cycling and supporting the first responder community is commendable.