If you love to cycle and love to travel, there is perhaps nothing better than combining the two on a cycling holiday in one of the world’s most far-flung and exotic destinations, but the thought of cycling around the world, and doing so in just eighty days, may be a bit too much many… but not, it seems, for Mark Beaumont.
Image courtesy: artemisworldcycle.com
In a bid to break the current Guinness World Record by a staggering 43-days, Mark intends to cycle around the world in just 80 days from start to finish, covering some 240 miles every single day for the duration of his trip! 200 miles or 321km may sound doable to an experienced cyclist, but doing it every day for eleven and a half weeks is a whole different story! It makes the Tour de France look like a walk (or should that be a ride) in the park!
Mark started his round the world cycling expedition on Sunday 2nd July 2017, at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. His epic 18,000mile journey will take him through France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Mongolia, China, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Portugal and Spain, and he’ll be doing it with little more than a support vehicle, a small team to assist with performance, mechanics and logistics, and a film making crew who will document his entire journey.
To ensure he gets the continued support he will need when times get tough, Mark’s mum Una will be with him throughout his round the world tour as his Base Camp Manager, and Laura Penhaul, Mark’s Performance Manager, will be on hand to ensure he’s getting the right nutrition to fuel such an epic journey, provide daily massages and physiotherapy to keep his muscles relaxed, and monitor his overall wellbeing.
Mark will be cycling around the world on a customised KOGA Kimera Premium Carbon Bike Frame that has been fully optimised for the trip. Wide 28mm Panaracer tires will help provide comfort on the various road conditions that he will face, and Profile Design handlebars allow Mark to adopt an aerodynamic riding posture – and maintain it over prolong periods on the road.
As Mark is expected to spend up to 16 hours a day in the saddle, he’s decided to keep with the saddle he has been using for many years, the Selle SM Pro, which is specifically designed for long rides. While the saddle should reduce the risk of significant physical problems, we’re not sure if it will keep saddle sores at bay, but we certainly have our fingers crossed for you Mark!
Since starting is round the world cycling journey just one week ago, Mark has already covered 1,725miles, and he is, as we speak, cycling towards Moscow in Russia. You can follow his amazing journey on http://www.artemisworldcycle.com/
We wish you the very best Mark – Bon Voyage, Godspeed, and Good Luck!
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A staggeringly difficult challenge. If anyone can do it, it’s Mr Beaumont – Chapeau!
Agreed ragtimecyclist! 2,545 miles and counting!