Mark Beaumont beats North Coast 500 record with sub-29 hour time

Scottish long-distance rider took 28 hours 35 minutes to complete the 516-mile route, subject to verification

Mark Beaumont on the NC500
(Image credit: Markus Stitz (

Mark Beaumont has broken the record for the North Coast 500, the 516-mile route that traces the north coast of Scotland, setting a sub-29 hour time.

The Scottish long-distance rider set off at 8am on Saturday morning from Inverness Castle, and completed the NC500 loop back at the gates just after 12:30pm the next day, to set a new record of 28 hours, 35 minutes, subject to verification from the World Ultra Cycling Association (WUCA). 

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.