Mark Beaumont rides around world in 79 days

Scottish cyclist shatters world record, covering 240 miles per day

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Mark Beaumont rides around world in 79 days

Ultra-endurance athlete Mark Beaumont has set a new world record, taking one third off the current Guinness World Record (123 days) for circumnavigating the globe, completing the challenge in just 79 days.

Beaumont completed the 18,000-mile cycling challenge at Arc de Triomphe in Paris, where his journey began on July 2. Beaumont was also awarded the Guinness World Record for Most Miles Cycled in a Month from Paris to Perth in Australia, verified at 7031 miles.

Cycling for 16 hours per day (240 miles) Beaumont travelled through 16 countries in total. The first stage saw him travel through Europe to Russia and Mongolia, culminating in Beijing.

Mark Beaumont rides around world in 79 days

Beaumont’s second phase through Australia and New Zealand led him into stage three starting at Anchorage, Alaska, cycling through to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The final stage began in Lisbon, Portugal for the final ride back to Paris.

Over the course of the 80 days, Beaumont faced numerous physical and mental challenges, including a fall on day nine which could have ended the whole expedition. Pedaling through Australia and New Zealand during the winter season meant Beaumont was continually exposed to sub-zero temperatures, making time on the bike even more grueling.

As Beaumont cycled through Canada and the U.S., he was faced with the prospect of weathering secondary storms of Hurricane Irma. But despite these trials, Beaumont completed the ride on schedule.

Mark Beaumont rides around world in 79 days

On finishing, the double Guinness World Record holder said, “This has been, without doubt, the most punishing challenge I have ever put my body and mind through. The physical and mental stamina required for each day was a challenge in itself, but I had an amazing support team around me. The success of cycling around the world in 80 days shows that what seemed impossible is possible and has redefined the limits of endurance sport. Each stage brought different challenges including different climates, which I had to adjust to quickly. Stage one through Russia and Mongolia was unknown territory, so to complete this phase and come out with a second Guinness World Record is a real achievement.”

Panaracer Tires supported Beaumont on the record attempt, providing him with Race D Evo3 tires. Beaumont used the 28mm version of the tire, set up tubeless, for the entire route. Replacing the tires every 3500-4000 miles ridden, a distance that most cyclists would not ride in even a couple of years, he went through one pair of tires every two to three weeks.

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