RIDER OF THE YEAR

Mark Beau­mont

Bikes Etc - - AWARDS 2017 -

Many peo­ple have achieved many great things on the back of a bike this year, but only one can claim to have cir­cum­nav­i­gated the world on one in less than 80 days. In­spired by Jules Verne’s 1873 novel, Scot­tish cy­clist Mark Beau­mont set off from Paris on 2nd July from Paris and cy­cled through Europe, Rus­sia, Mon­go­lia, and China, be­fore reach­ing Aus­tralia and New Zealand. He then flew to Alaska, cy­cled across North Amer­ica be­fore a fi­nal flight brought him back across the At­lantic to Por­tu­gal, from where he ped­alled back to Paris. Mark cov­ered 18,000 miles in 79 days, clock­ing up 240 miles per day to beat the for­mer as­sisted-ride record for cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing the globe by 44 days. Mark, who also once held the record for an unas­sisted cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion the world by bi­cy­cle, told Bike­setc, ‘When I first rode around the world I felt I was go­ing fast, rid­ing 100 miles a day, but that looks pedes­trian to me now!’ We can’t wait to see what he does for an en­core!

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