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Ul­tra-en­durance ath­lete and Bridge of Cally lad Mark Beau­mont has smashed the record for cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing the globe by bi­cy­cle, com­plet­ing the 80-day chal­lenge a day ahead of sched­ule.

Ad­ven­turer Beau­mont com­pleted the epic 18,000-mile cycling chal­lenge on Mon­day, ar­riv­ing back at the Arc de Tri­om­phe in Paris, where his jour­ney first be­gan 79 days ago on July 2.

The 34-year-old set a new Guin­ness World Records ti­tle for the feat of en­durance, tak­ing one third off the pre­vi­ous record of 123 days.

He was also awarded the Guin­ness World Records ti­tle for Most Miles Cy­cled in a Month from Paris to Perth in Aus­tralia, which was ver­i­fied at 7,031 miles.

Com­ment­ing on the achieve­ment, Mark said: “This was a fan­tas­tic mile­stone to achieve dur­ing the chal­lenge of getting around the world in 80 days I hope it is used as a marker for other cy­clists to go and smash in the near fu­ture.”

Cycling for 16 hours per day cov­er­ing dis­tances of up to 240 miles on just five hours sleep a night, Beau­mont has trav­elled through 16 coun­tries dur­ing the chal­lenge, tak­ing in Europe, Rus­sia, Mon­go­lia, China, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.

Over the course of the 80 days, he has faced nu­mer­ous phys­i­cal and men­tal chal­lenges, in­clud­ing a fall on day nine which could have ended the whole ex­pe­di­tion.

Pedalling through Aus­tralia and

Feat of en­durance Mark was pre­sented with two Of­fi­cial Guin­ness World Records by Anna Or­ford at the fin­ish of his epic 18,000 mile cy­cle

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