Ultra-endurance athlete Mark Beaumont has set a new world record, taking one third off the current Guinness World Record (123 days) for circumnavigating the globe, completing the challenge in just 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes on the Artemis World Cycle.
Beaumont completed the 18,000-mile cycling challenge at Arc de Triomphe in Paris, where his journey began on July 2nd and had hoped to complete the ride in 80 days. Mark was also awarded the Guinness World Record for Most Miles Cycled in a Month from Paris to Perth in Australia, verified at 7,031 miles (11,315km). Commenting on the achievement Beaumont said: “This was a fantastic milestone to achieve during the challenge of getting around the world in eighty days I hope it is used as a marker for other cyclists to go and smash in the near future.”
Cycling for 16 hours per day (240 miles) Beaumont has travelled through 16 countries throughout his four-stage challenge. The first stage saw him travel through Europe to Russia and Mongolia, culminating in Beijing.
Beaumont’s second phase through Australia and New Zealand led him into stage three starting at Anchorage cycling through to Halifax, flying back over the pond to begin the final stage in Lisbon and back up to Paris.
Over the course of the 78 days, Beaumont has faced numerous physical and mental challenges, including a fall on day nine which could have ended the whole expedition. Pedalling through Australia and New Zealand during the winter season meant Beaumont was continually exposed to sub-zero temperatures, making time on the bike even more gruelling.
As Mark cycled through Canada and USA, he was faced with the prospect of weathering secondary storms of Hurricane Irma as he travelled east towards Halifax to complete stage three. But despite all of these trials, Beaumont completed the momentous challenge on schedule.
Mark is an Isobar Compression ambassador and used Isobar garments for recovery, as well as travel socks for his inter-continental flights to reduce his risk of DVT. Active athletes with well-developed muscles are at a greater risk of DVT when sitting immobile for hours.
On completing the expedition, the double Guinness World Record holder commented: “This has been, without doubt, the most punishing challenge I have ever put my body and mind through. 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 78 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 Record is a real achievement.
“I am very grateful for the support I’ve received from people all over the world, from fellow cyclists joining me on the road to messages and wishes online. The experience has been incredible, and I’m excited to share this journey for years to come.”
Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief at Guinness World Records added: “Mark has once again proved himself to be Officially Amazing! He’s added not one but two world-beating achievements to his existing record for Fastest bicycle journey from Cairo to Cape Town. Beating this iconic circumnavigation record places Mark into an elite category of multiple record holders and firmly establishes him as one of the most dedicated and determined Guinness World Records title holders."