Long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont will first ride around the coast of Britain as a 3500-mile 'training ride'
Mark Beaumont has unveiled plans to cycle around the world in 80 days, aiming to smash the current record of 123 days set by Andrew Nicholson of New Zealand in 2015.
Beaumont previously rode around the world in 194 days in 2008 – so is looking to halve the number of days that he took nine years ago.
Prior to embarking on his 18,000-mile around-the-world attempt from Paris on July 2, the 34-year-old will ride around the coast of Britain on a 2,500-mile ‘training ride’ starting in London from Tuesday, April 4.
The Scotsman will undertake his ride around the UK’s coastline at ’80 day’ pace, aiming to complete it in 15 days which he will achieve by cycling for 240 miles per day, 16 hours per day.
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Beaumont is raising funds for Orkidstudio, an organisation which works to benefit communities worldwide through innovative architecture and construction.
“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 uncharted territory.”
Wiggle is providing much of the nutrition and equipment support for Beaumont’s attempt, with an astonishing 484 energy bars and 149 protein bars being needed.
The company has also provided Beaumont with plenty of survival essentials like mosquito nets and first aid kits, and kit bags from Osprey and Endura.