Pedal round the world with Mark – with­out leav­ing Scot­land

Argyllshire Advertiser - - LEISURE -

Record-break­ing Scot­tish ad­ven­turer and cy­clist Mark Beau­mont is get­ting ready for a ma­jor cross-Scot­land chal­lenge in aid of the STV Chil­dren’s Ap­peal – and he’s look­ing for 80 cy­cling fa­nat­ics to go along for the ride.

The coast-to-coast cy­cle will set off on Saturday Septem­ber 22 from his for­mer home vil- lage of Tayin­loan in Kin­tyre, con­tinue through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Na­tional Park and the Cairn­gorms, over Glen­shee be­fore head­ing for the fin­ish line in Aberdeen – a gru­elling to­tal of 240 miles. This is the same dis­tance Mark av­er­aged ev­ery day dur­ing his epic cy­cle round the world in 80 days last year.

In other words, the team of 80 in­trepid cy­clists will pedal the equiv­a­lent of Mark’s in­cred­i­ble feat – tak­ing them around the world in a day.

Par­tic­i­pants are asked to raise a min­i­mum of £240 each for the STV Chil­dren’s Ap­peal, which sup­ports chil­dren and young peo­ple af­fected by poverty in Scot­land, with the hope of rais­ing as much as £80,000 for the char­ity.

Mark said: ‘This stun­ning route from Ar­gyll to Aberdeen was my last 16-hour train­ing ride be­fore I set out on the world chal­lenge and it holds fond mem­o­ries – but it is very long and very hilly, so I’ll be im­pressed by ev­ery­one who signs up for this epic day of en­durance.

‘The STV Chil­dren’s Ap­peal has gone from strength from strength, sup­port­ing so many bril­liant char­i­ties and causes across Scot­land. The last time I crossed Scot­land for the ap­peal, I was swim­ming and run­ning, so cy­cling has to be eas­ier … right?’

He added: ‘Thanks to ev­ery­one who gets in­volved and I look for­ward to rid­ing with you.’

Mari Slavin of the STV Chil­dren’s Ap­peal said: ‘Mark is a fan­tas­tic am­bas­sador for the ap­peal and we are all in awe of the gi­gan­tic chal­lenge he’s about to take on, to­gether with cy­clists from across the coun­try. STV’s cam­eras will be there – and try­ing hard to keep up – to cap­ture the highs and lows of this in­cred­i­ble marathon ven­ture.’

Af­ter a 4am start in Ar­gyll, Mark’s 240-mile cy­cle route will pass through Tar­bert, Ar­dr­ishaig, Lochgilp­head, In­ver­aray, Tyn­drum, Cri­an­larich, Killin, Aber­feldy, Pit­lochry, Glen­shee, Brae­mar, Bal­later and Peter­cul­ter – among many other towns and vil­lages – be­fore fin­ish­ing in Aberdeen.

If you think you’re up for this epic feat of en­durance, get in touch with Mark on aroundthe­world@the­hunter­foun­da­tion.co.uk

A cor­po­rate of­fer is also avail­able with four-per­son re­lay teams in­vited to en­ter for a min­i­mum dona­tion of £5,000.

Can’t face the cy­cle but still want to be in­volved? Mark’s team is also look­ing for vol­un­teer driv­ers and sup­port crew.

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Join Mark Beau­mont in cy­cling round the world in Scot­land.

Mark in ac­tion dur­ing the re­cent Sportive in Oban.

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