Chal­lenge com­pleted a day ahead of sched­ule

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New Zealand dur­ing the win­ter meant Mark was con­tin­u­ally ex­posed to sub-zero tem­per­a­tures, mak­ing time on the bike even more gru­elling, and as he cy­cled through Canada and the USA, he was faced with the prospect of weath­er­ing sec­ondary storms of Hur­ri­cane Irma.

On com­plet­ing the ex­pe­di­tion, the soon-to-be dou­ble Guin­ness World Records ti­tle holder com­mented: “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 Records ti­tle is a real achieve­ment.

“I am very grate­ful for the sup­port I’ve re­ceived from peo­ple all over the world, from fel­low cy­clists join­ing me on the road to mes­sages and wishes online. The ex­pe­ri­ence has been in­cred­i­ble.”

Craig Glen­day from Guin­ness World Records added: “Mark has once again proved him­self to be of­fi­cially amaz­ing! He’s added not one but two world-beat­ing achieve­ments to his ex­ist­ing record for fastest bi­cy­cle jour­ney from Cairo to Cape Town. Beat­ing this iconic cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion record places Mark into an elite cat­e­gory of mul­ti­ple record hold­ers and firmly es­tab­lishes him as one of the most ded­i­cated and de­ter­mined Guin­ness World Records ti­tle hold­ers.”

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