Monday, 21 September 2009

cycling around the world

On Friday 15th February at 1530, Mark Beaumont completed his 18,000 miles circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle. Mark arrived back at the Arc de Triomphe 194 days and 17 hours after leaving there on 5th August 2007. Total distance cycled was 18,297 miles through 20 countries. Guinness World Records have verified all the data and confirmed Mark is the new Guinness World Record holder! The official GWR certificate was presented to Mark by David Peat on Saturday 23rd February at his Welcome Home Celebration in the Radisson Hotel, Glasgow.

“In addition to the personal ambition of setting a new Guinness World Record, I am cycling to raise awareness and money for five fantastic charities and would really like your support.

The charities are Community Action Nepal, CHICKS, Cyrenians, Rainer and Tusk. Please take a moment to visit their websites and learn more about the wonderful work they do. One way to support these charities is to buy yourself or someone else a unique replica cycle top as seen top left – without the road grime! Thanks and best wishes, Mark”

You can follow the full adventure as it happens right here, via the Web Diary and GPS tracker. If you are a media interest then please contact or via their website,

The previous Guinness World Record for cycling around the world was 276 days 19 hrs 15 min – just over 9 months and was held by Steve Strange since 2004. Mark’s plan was to smash this by cycling around the globe in under 195 days. The seven month race against the clock meant cycling through 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australasia and North America before finishing from Lisbon, Portugal back to the finish line in Paris. See the Route here.

In addition to the challenge of ultra endurance cycle itself, it also took over a year to train and plan. Enjoy exploring this website to find out about the facts, people, history and plans behind this Scottish bid to break the ultimate endurance cycling World Record. If you are inspired/intrigued/intimidated or just interested in this expedition or others I am now involved in, then please feel free to keep in touch through my new website

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