Round world cy­clist Mark nears record

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by WILL STONE sun­day@dai­lystar.co.uk

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

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