RIDER OF THE YEAR
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!