Mark’s fab trib­ute to Perthshire

Star praises area in film

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

East Perthshire’s very own cy­cling su­per­star Mark Beau­mont has praised the area for giv­ing him the train­ing ground to pur­sue his cy­cling, de­scrib­ing the re­gion as hav­ing ‘the best ter­rain in Scot­land for road cy­cling”.

Mark, who last week set a new Guin­ness World Record for the fastest cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the earth by bi­cy­cle, com­plet­ing the chal­lenge in just 79 days, made the com­ments in a new video for VisitS­cot­land.

The film, which was recorded be­fore his epic round-the-world adventure, shows the ul­tra-en­durance ath­lete cy­cling by some of Perthshire’s most recog­nis­able at­trac­tions - in­clud­ing Blair­gowrie Golf Club, the home of the 2014 Junior Ry­der Cup - and pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties such as llama trekking at Eco­camp Glen­shee, while de­scrib­ing where he likes to train.

In the voiceover, Mark de­scribes Perthshire as “a great place to grow up”, adding : “This [Perthshire] is the heart­land of my trade, over the past 30 years I’ve cy­cled in Perthshire more than any­where else in Scot­land.

“Perthshire is an area where I first dreamt of go­ing on big ad­ven­tures with my bi­cy­cle and I re­mem­ber set­ting off to pedal across Scot­land, aged 12, and trav­el­ling through Perthshire, ex­plor­ing what was on my doorstep.”

Jim Clark­son, VisitS­cot­land re­gional part­ner­ships di­rec­tor, said: “Mark is an in­cred­i­ble am­bas­sador for Perthshire, and Scot­land as a whole.

“His record-break­ing achieve­ment has helped high­light Scot­land as a cy­cling des­ti­na­tion and un­doubt­edly in­spired visi­tors across the world.

“We are de­lighted to have worked with Mark to cre­ate this video, which not only pro­vides in­sight into his mo­ti­va­tions and chal­lenges but also show­cases the stun­ning beauty of Perthshire and the many other ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ences you can have here.”

Ac­cord­ing to the na­tional tourism as­so­ci­a­tion, re­cent fig­ures show that one mil­lion day trips and 261,000 overnight trips, which in­clude cy­cling on a road or sur­faced path, were taken by visi­tors from the UK in 2015, gen­er­at­ing a com­bined to­tal of £106mil­lion for the Scot­tish econ­omy.

Train­ing Mark Beau­mont at Loch Tay be­fore his round-the-world in 80 days chal­lenge

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