Endurance rider thanks online community for support

Record-breaking distance cyclist Mark Beaumont has just reached the end of his trip down the Americas, arriving in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, after 268 days on the road.

The 27-year-old Scot started in Anchorage, Alaska, pedalling 13,080 miles through 12 countries. In between, he found the time to reach the summit of the highest peaks in North and South America, Mount McKinley and Aconcagua, AND his video camera became his best mate!

At around 3pm UK time, Mark Tweeted that he'd finally reached the finishing line.

“I'm ecstatic to be here, it has been my dream and focus for so long,” he wrote on his blog, “but also a small part of me is sad that the simple but tough life of bike and camera has come to an end, again, at least for now!

“Most of all I am looking forward to seeing friends and family who I haven't seen since last May and getting to see the documentary which I have been filming all along!”

“This journey has been so different than cycling around the world. I have gone at a pace which has allowed me to experience the world I was passing, and the scale of the online blogging has transformed the whole experience for me.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been following and especially those who have commented and contributed regularly. It's a very unique journey that we have completed together, not only in the sense of the expedition, but because of the online community which has built up to be a part of the almost real time documentary - this is the future!”

Mark's journey has been followed online and on BBC television and radio, where he has shared video diaries and interviews.