Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 6, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel takes fifth Scheldeprijs win; De La Cruz solos to impressive stage win at Vuelta a Pais Vasco; Coquard wins second stage at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe, Dowsett takes TT and lead; Van Dijk, Pieters take wins on opening day of Healthy Ageing Tour; Steve Tilford, master of cycling disciplines, dies at 57 after traffic accident; UCI adopts new safety measures proposed by Professional Riders Council; Vanmarcke out for Paris-Roubaix; Van Avermaet turns focus to Paris-Roubaix; Cavendish out of Paris-Roubaix with ongoing ankle injury; Kittel confirms return to Tour of California; Distance cyclist Mark Beaumont aiming to cycle around the world in 80 days; Bicycle fabricated from recycled coffee pods; Zwift Stories – Mathew Hayman; Urban Freeride lives – Fabio Wibmer.

Distance cyclist Mark Beaumont aiming to cycle around the world in 80 days

by CyclingTips

Long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont has unveiled plans to cycle around the world in 80 days, a huge feat that would break the current record of 123 days set in 2015 by Andrew Nicholson. Beaumont previously rode around the world in 2008, completing the journey in 194 days.

Courtesy: Artemis World Cycle

“This journey around the world is the culmination of everything i have practiced and build in the past twenty years,” Beaumont wrote on his web site. “I believe that it’s possible to get around the world in eight days by manpower, but this is a leap in performance and a step into the unknown.”

The 34-year-old plans to begin his 18,000-mile (28,968km) around-the-world attempt in Paris on 2 July. The route will take him through 20 countries across Europe, the Middle East, India, Asia, Australasia and North America.

The last time he rode around the world he endured many hardships, including a collision with a vehicle in Louisiana and was then robbed later the same day.

As a warm-up, he will ride around the coast of Britain, a total of 2,500-miles (4,023km), but at what he says is an ’80-day’ pace — or 240 miles (386.24km) and 16 hours per day.

Click through to read more at Artemis World Cycle.