• Mark Beaumont gets ready to ride almost 400km a day for the best part of three months (Nathalie Agnew)Source: Nathalie Agnew
Ultra-endurance cyclist and adventurer Mark Beaumont has been putting together in his final preparations before attempting reduce the world record by more than 40 days for traveling around the globe by bike.
Cycling Central

4 Apr 2017 - 10:56 AM  UPDATED 4 Apr 2017 - 11:02 AM

Beaumont, who is best known for cycling around the world in 194 days in 2008, will take this challenge to another level by circumnavigating the globe in less than half that time.

He will be attempting to travel 18,000 miles (almost 30,000km) around the world, starting from Paris on Sunday 2 July. As a warm up to the Artemis World Cycle, he will first cycle around the coastline of Britain, leaving today. The 3,500 miles (5633km), 15-day training ride will be at ’80 days’ pace, with Beaumont cycling for 16 hours and 240 miles (386km) per day.

As part of his mission to travel around the world in 80 days, breaking the current world record of 123 days, set by New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson, the Scottish adventurer is raising funds for Orkidstudio, which works to benefit communities worldwide through innovative architecture and construction. The journey will also be tracked through Twinkl, a global educational platform for primary schools.

The route will see Beaumont leave Paris and cycle to Beijing via Poland, Lithuania, Russia, and Mongolia. He will then cycle between Perth and Brisbane in Australia, and between Invercargill and Auckland in New Zealand.

The fourth leg of his challenge is between Anchorage in the United States and Halifax in Canada. He  will complete his journey by cycling from Lisbon to Paris.

“This is the culmination of the past two decades, since I was a 12-year-old boy cycling across Scotland,” said Beaumont.

“I would love for this journey to give people the confidence to take on what they are capable of, for young people in particular to stop and to think ‘what’s my 80 days’?”

“I want to redefine the limits of human endurance by proving what seems impossible really is possible.  After capsizing in the Atlantic, I gave up being an athlete for a couple of years, and enjoyed making documentaries about other athletes. But in truth I had unfinished business, I couldn’t idly watch others push their limits. I am excited and nervous about what lies ahead, it truly is unchartered territory.”

While cycling around the coastline of Britain, Beaumont is expected to drink between eight and ten litres of water per day (the average person drinks two litres) and consume 8,000kcal. Members of the public are encouraged to turn out to support him as he visits towns and cities across the country.

Beaumont has also secured international sponsorship from brands including Artemis Investment Management, LDC, VisitScotland, Koga, Casio, Moonsport, Altura, Panaracer, Wiggle, Cardtronics, Tunnocks, The Hunter Foundation, John Clark Motor Group, Scot Motor Home Hire, 80 DAYS Digital, Muckle Media, Menzies Aviation, Thorntons Law LLP and Edinburgh Airport to help support his journey.

Keep track of the journey, including the warm up lap around Britain starting today, at www.artemisworldcycle.com and on Twitter via @MrMarkBeaumont.