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Mark Beaumont to attempt 'Around the world in 80 days' record

Josh Cunningham
3 Apr 2017

Scotsman previously broke the record in 2008, and intends to take over half the time off his initial attempt

Mark Beaumont, who in 2008 broke the world record for circumnavigating the planet by bike, will attempt to set a new record for the same feat almost ten years later. 

In a tribute to the 1873 Jules Verne novel, the target he has set himself is 'Around the world in 80 days'.


His previous record attempt, which he filmed for a documentary that was aired on BBC as a three-part series, took 194 days in a route that crossed Europe, Asia, Australia and America. He made a similar TV show for a ride through the Americas, and more recently broke the record for cycling from Cairo to Cape Town through Africa. 

Beaumont intends to complete the circumnavigation in 80 days, breaking the current record of 123 days held by Andrew Nicholson of New Zealand. 

In the eyes of Guinness World Records, the journey should be continuous and in one direction (either East-West or West-East), that the minimum distance ridden should be 18,000 miles, and that the total distance travelled should exceed the equator's length. In an updated version of the rules since Beaumont's original attempt, as well as that of Mike Hall's 91 days in the World Cycle Race of 2012, the clock does not now stop for transit time waiting for flights and ferries. 

Beaumont's attempt will begin on 2nd July in Paris. The route will take him through Europe and Russia to Beijing, then across Australia, New Zealand and North America, before a final stint from Lisbon in Portugal back to Paris. 

As a warm up to his attempt, Beaumont will first cycle around the UK coastline at '80 days' pace, which means around 240 miles and 16 hours of riding per day. At such a pace, he intends to complete the 3,500 mile journey in 15 days.

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