GB Duro 2021 underway with round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont in second place on racing debut

The round-the-world record holder was second to the first checkpoint as he documents his ride up the length of Britain

GB Duro
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The 2021 edition of GB Duro, a gravel race the length of the United Kingdom, is underway, with round-the-world record holder Mark Beaumont taking part this year.

The Scotsman, who holds the record for the fastest time to ride around the world, taking less than 79 days, isn't just making up the numbers, however, as he was the second rider to reach the first checkpoint in Wales.

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