Epic feat of en­durance sets two new records

Strathearn Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Duke

Cri­eff- based Mark Beau­mont has smashed the record for cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing the globe by bi­cy­cle, com­plet­ing his Artemis Around the World in 80-days chal­lenge a day ahead of sched­ule.

Af­ter an epic 18,000- mile ride, on Mon­day the ad­ven­turer ped­alled back in to Paris’s Arc de Tri­om­phe where his jour­ney first be­gan 79 days ago on July 2.

The 34-year-old set a new Guin­ness World Record 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 his achieve­ment, Mark said: “This was a fan­tas­tic mile­stone to achieve dur­ing the chal­lenge of getting around the world in eighty 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, Mark trav­elled through 16 coun­tries, tak­ing in Europe, Rus­sia , Mon­go­lia, China, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.

He faced nu­mer­ous phys­i­cal and men­tal chal­lenges, in­clud­ing a fall on day nine which could have ended the whole ex­pe­di­tion.

Pedalling through Aus­tralia and 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, he said:“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.’’

Mark thanked ev­ery­one who has been fol­low­ing his jour­ney. He added:“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, ed­i­tor-in-chief at 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. ”

Mark’s fam­ily flew out to Paris to meet him. His mother, Una Beau­mont, said:“The sup­port along the way and on so­cial me­dia has been over­whelm­ing and he is very grate­ful.”

Lo­cal MSP Liz Smith con­grat­u­lated Mark on his amaz­ing achieve­ment.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Mid-Scot­land and Fife said:“Mark has achieved some­thing that many thought was im­pos­si­ble and has writ­ten him­self into the world record books again.

“As a son of Perthshire ev­ery­one in the area is ex­tremely proud of his feats and hopes that he takes a lit­tle bit of time to re­lax be­fore pur­su­ing his next ad­ven­ture.”

Amaz­ing ef­fort World record breaker Mark Beau­mont ar­rives back in Paris

Re­united Mark with his wife and chil­dren

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