The cycling world rejoiced on Monday, September 18 as Mark Beaumont rolled into Paris a day ahead of schedule, greeted by cheers and a crowd of fans. After cycling 18 032 miles in 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes, and earning two world records while he was at it, Beaumont is the real-life equivalent of a superhero. Beaumont shattered an incredible 45 days off the previous world record for circumnavigation by bicycle, 123 days set by New Zealander Andrew Nicholson, as well as earning a world record for most distance cycled in one month, according to www.theguardian.com.
This incredible feat required Beaumont to cycle over 240 miles per day, spending 15 to 16 hours each day on the bike, leaving two hours for sleep. On top of that, he also had to consume over 9000 calories per day in order to achieve the impossible. Which he did. However, he didn’t do this remarkable journey alone. He had a team of helpers to organise his voyage and keep him on track. This is a contrast to his last circumnavigation in 2008, in which he cycled solo around the globe in 194 days.
Beaumont has quite the history of long cycling journeys, such as making his first ride across Scotland when he was only 12. At the age of 15, he cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End. But his most recent ride takes the cake for the most arduous ride he has attempted up to date.
We have yet to see what effect this feat will have on Beaumont’s health after almost two months of sleep deprivation and strenuous physical activity.
All that aside, congratulations to Beaumont on achieving this incredible feat and make sure to check out his website at www.artemisworldcycle.com.
Feature image courtesy of:www.artemisworldcycle.com.