Round world cyclist Mark nears record
A BRIT is set to become the first person to cycle around the world in 80 days. Mark Beaumont is expected to arrive in Paris tomorrow where he began his record-breaking attempt on July 2.
The 34-year-old will smash the previous record of 123 days after an adventure that has taken him across Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and North America.
RIDE ON! Mark on the road in China and New Zealand, inset
Averaging 240 miles a day, Beaumont is currently ahead of schedule. However, the Scot says the trip has been a serious mental and physical test. Beaumont, who has to consume 9,000 calories a day, broke a tooth and injured his elbow after crashing into a pothole in Moscow.
“There have been times when I’ve really had to scrape the barrel of my soul, when I’ve been so low I’ve been reduced to tears,” he told Cyclist magazine.
“If you don’t have the ability to suffer, you are not going to make it.”
The previous record was set by New Zealander Andrew Nicholson in 2015. Beaumont was first to set the record in
2008 when he completed the epic trip in 194 days.
But he thinks other riders will attempt the
80-day record now.
“There’s no reason why it couldn’t be broken,” he said. THE ROUTE: Mark averaged 240 miles a day