Endurance cyclist and former round-the-world record holder Mark Beaumont cycled 500 miles around Scotland non-stop in latest cycling challenge

British adventurer and endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont is at it again, this time riding non-stop around his native Scotland.

Beaumont is perhaps best known for his 18,000 mile round-the-world ride in 2008, which at the time was the was the fastest circumnavigation by bicycle.

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His documentary of the epic feat, The Man Who Cycled the World, was nominated for a BAFTA and broadcast by the BBC.

Mark Beaumont 500 miles featured with stats

For this challenge, the 32-year-old covered 519 miles in just under 38 hours of continuous riding – minus stoppages for four punctures and natural breaks – as he circumnavigated the north of Scotland.

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“This is purely about turning the pedals, not stopping for over 500 miles, which is beautifully simple, but wonderfully scary,” says Beaumont as the video starts.

By the looks of the footage, Beaumont had to battle heavy rain and testing conditions as he rode around the rugged coast of Britain’s far north.

His input throughout gives an interesting insight into the mindset of the endurance athlete, especially for anyone thinking of taking on a similar challenge, such as the Ride Across America or Transcontinental in Europe.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    Certainly was lowsy weather

  • Matthew Benger

    It’s Scotland, poor roads definitely haha!

  • Andrew Bairsto

    Some feat but 4 punctures in 519 miles either roads are very bad or a poor choice of tyres or maybe its just bad luck.

  • Tom Blair

    wow!