THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE
BEAUMONT WASN’T ALONE IN BEING INSPIRED BY JULES VERNE’S STORY. OTHERS HAVE DONE THIS STAGGERING JOURNEY TOO; AND WHILE NONE OF THEM USED BICYCLES, THEY ALL FACED THEIR OWN CHALLENGES IN GETTING AROUND THE WORLD IN UNDER 80 DAYS. JOURNALIST NELLIE BLY’S attempt to emulate the trip was the first recorded, in 1889. She did it for her newspaper, the New York World, and finished in 72 days, meeting Verne when her journey took her through France. She also wrote a best-selling book about her experiences.
In 1903, arts promoter
JAMES WILLIS SAYRE did the trip – and set a record for circling the world in the process, completing the task in 54 days. His entire journey was done using only public transport.
MICHAEL PALIN, of Monty Python fame, took on a round-the-world-in-80days challenge for a TV travel show, in 1984. He did the entire trip without using aircraft, and finished in 79 days.