Strong winds end Matt Page's North Coast 500 attempt while up on Mark Beaumont's sub-29 hour record

The Welshman was 21 hours into the 500-mile attempt when he climbed off on Monday evening

Matthew Page
(Image credit: YouTube/Matt Page)

Strong winds caused Matt Page, a former cycle courier, to abandon his North Coast 500 record attempt earlier this week, while the Welshman was up on the record time.

Page set off on the 500 mile ride around the north of Scotland on Monday morning, hoping to break the 28 hour, 35 minute record set by Mark Beaumont in October last year. However, he abandoned his attempt 21 hours in, before making it to John o' Groats at the top of the UK. When he turned the corner at the top of Scotland, he was 45 minutes up on the record time.

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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.