'The hardest ride': Matt Downie beats Mark Beaumont's NC500 record by an hour

26-year-old completes 516 mile course in 27 hours 30 minutes dead to set new best time

Matt Downie
Matt Downie (second from right) with his support team for the NC500
(Image credit: Matt Downie)

Matt Downie has set a new record time for the North Coast 500, the 516-mile route that traces the north coast of Scotland, which is now below 28 hours for the first time.

The record means that Mark Beaumont's previous record time has been beaten by an hour. Downie set off at 09:00 on Wednesday morning from Inverness Castle, and completed the NC500 loop on Thursday afternoon at 12:30, to set a new record of 27 hours, 30 minutes exactly, subject to verification from the World Ultra Cycling Association (WUCA). 

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