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by Shane Stokes
September 20, 2017
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British rider Mark Beaumont has smashed the record for the circumnavigation of the world on a bike, covering the 18,000 mile (28,968 km) distance in 79 days. The achievement trounced the first world record of 194 days he set in 2008, and was 44 days faster than the most recent record of 123 days.
The 34-year-old from Perthshire averaged 240 miles a day, spending 16 hours on his bike and sleeping for five hours each night. He was raising funds for Orkidstudio, which works to benefit communities worldwide through innovative architecture and construction.
“This has been, without doubt, the most punishing challenge I have ever put my body and mind through,” he said, according to the BBC. “The physical and mental stamina required for each day was a challenge in itself, but I had an amazing support team around me.
“The success of cycling around the world in 80 days shows that what seemed impossible is possible and has redefined the limits of endurance sport. Each stage brought different challenges including different climates, which I had to adjust to quickly. Stage one through Russia and Mongolia was unknown territory, so to complete this phase and come out with a second Guinness World Records title is a real achievement.”
He was inspired by the Jules Verne novel ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ and had been aiming for that benchmark, but reached the finish in Paris one day ahead of schedule. In addition to his Guinness Worlds Record title for the trip, he also received a separate one for the most miles cycled in a month. This was his 7,031 miles (11.315 kilometres) from Paris to Perth in Australia.
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