The Man Who Cycled the World – Mark Beaumont
Corgi Books 2010
‘On 15 February 2008, Mark Beaumont pedalled through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, 194 days and 17 hours after setting off on a mission to cycle around the globe. He had travelled 18,297 miles solo and unsupported, averaging 100 punishing miles a day, and smashed the Guinness World Record by an astonishing 81 days.’
The question in my mind when I was first told about this book and the man behind it, was why?
To qualify for the Guiness World Record Mark had to travel 18000 miles through two antipodeal points. He rode through 20 countries across Europe, the Middle East, India, Asia, Australia and North America on a Koga Miyata bike with Rohloff internal gears.
Mark Beaumont is Scottish, was born on New Year’s Day 1983 and had done a couple of long rides prior to deciding to ride around the world – the popular 1038 mile John o’Groats to Lands End during high school then 1334 miles from Sicily to Innsbruk before starting University and then 2,700 miles from Oslo to Lithuania.
Planning for the ride took a year, Beaumont had minimal support during the ride and that which he received was coordinated by his mother from her home in Scotland with the assistance of some consular contacts and a few medical professionals who mostly provided phone support.
This story is one of epic adventure and a feat which most wouldn’t even contemplate, it’s well worth a read.
Mark created a video diary of his ride so if you’d rather watch a movie than read a book, here’s Part 1.