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Scottish cyclist arrived in Paris a day ahead of schedule despite crashing in the Pyrenees on Friday

Mark Beaumont has this evening ridden into Paris to circumnavigate the globe by bike in just 79 days and thereby reclaim the Guinness World Record he set a decade ago.

The 34-year-old Scot set off from the French capital on 2 July and set himself a target of riding around the world in 80 days or less.

He arrived back in the city shortly before 7pm local time on Monday evening, a day ahead of schedule.

His journey took him across Europe and Asia, through Australia and New Zealand then the United States and Canada before he arrived in Portugal to commence the final leg last Wednesday.

Since returning to Europe, he had set himself the goal of arriving in Paris today, but last Friday proved one of the most difficult of his two and a half month challenge due to headwinds and a crash in the Pyrenees.

Despite having road rash on his hip, however, he was able to keep to his target, arriving in the city to be met by his family.

When he first set the Guinness World Record in 2008, Beaumont circled the planet in 194 days.

The record he beat today was held by the New Zealander Andrew Nicholson and stood at 123 days, with Beaumont's latest effort taking more than a third off that time.

He had already set one Guinness World Record during the trip, with official recognition that he has cycled the furthest distance in a month, confirmed at 7,031 miles.

After finishing his ride today, Beaumont said: "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 80 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 Records title is a real achievement."

He added: "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."

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Edsonytic [12 posts] 4 months ago
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Chapeau Mark!

His journey was the first endurance event I followed and it has trully been inspiring.

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jasecd [503 posts] 4 months ago
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Wow - absolutely incredible. Well done Mark!

And to pre-empt all the naysayers about this being a supported ride - I don't care, this is amazing.

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CygnusX1 [702 posts] 4 months ago
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Chapeau!

He should write a book about it - I even have a title suggestion for him: "Around the world in .." Oh, hang on. 

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Christopher TR1 [163 posts] 4 months ago
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Unbelievable, kudos, chapeau!

Still, he was planning on 80 days, so I wonder if he will go for a ride tomorrow anyway.

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srchar [717 posts] 4 months ago
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Absolutely fantastic effort. I bet he's got some great stories to tell!

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HalfWheeler [670 posts] 4 months ago
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Beyond words

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guildwheeler [31 posts] 4 months ago
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Amazing achievement - must be utterly exhausted. But maybe riding home from Paris tomorrow to complete the 80th day?!

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StraelGuy [1110 posts] 4 months ago
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Christopher TR1 wrote:

Unbelievable, kudos, chapeau!

Still, he was planning on 80 days, so I wonder if he will go for a ride tomorrow anyway.

 

I suspect he'll probably be asleep!

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HalfWheeler [670 posts] 4 months ago
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Mea Culpa.

A comment by me on RoadCC back in April when the attempt was announced;

"Hope I'm wrong but gut reaction is; can't be done in 80 days....would love to eat my hat on this one though"

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Bahrd [15 posts] 4 months ago
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HalfWheeler wrote:

Mea Culpa.

A comment by me on RoadCC back in April when the attempt was announced;

"Hope I'm wrong but gut reaction is; can't be done in 80 days....would love to eat my hat on this one though"

Bon appétit! smiley

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fustuarium [243 posts] 4 months ago
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HalfWheeler wrote:

Beyond words

I thought it was beyond words to do that daily mileage for a week let along another 89 days. Incomprehensible and awesome.

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Kadinkski [740 posts] 4 months ago
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jasecd wrote:

Wow - absolutely incredible. Well done Mark!

And to pre-empt all the naysayers about this being a supported ride - I don't care, this is amazing.

 

This was an amazing effort - why do you have to sew a seed of doubt? Just celebrate an amazing achievement and leave the small-minded negativity in your own life, not ours.

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Goldfever4 [390 posts] 4 months ago
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What kind of twisted over-reaction is that?

There have been nay-sayers in the comments below other road.cc stories on Mark's ride, I think it's valid to pre-empt them spewing negativity. 

Anyway, your negativity dealt with - what an amazing effort and story and well-timed positivity and good vibes around cycling  1

Kadinkski wrote:

This was an amazing effort - why do you have to sew a seed of doubt? Just celebrate an amazing achievement and leave the small-minded negativity in your own life, not ours.

jasecd wrote:

Wow - absolutely incredible. Well done Mark!

And to pre-empt all the naysayers about this being a supported ride - I don't care, this is amazing.

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Kadinkski [740 posts] 4 months ago
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Its an absolutely incredible effort - why is anyone even mentioning support riders and non-existent nay-sayers or casting shade at a time like this? Why can't we just celebrate an incredible effort? 

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davel [2056 posts] 4 months ago
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Am I seeing things, or has this positive story collapsed into a thread about accusations over pre-empting negativity?

I'd like to celebrate the obvious achievement, but I think rowing over the specifics here is even more spectacular. Chapeau all-round.

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jasecd [503 posts] 4 months ago
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Kadinkski wrote:
jasecd wrote:

Wow - absolutely incredible. Well done Mark!

And to pre-empt all the naysayers about this being a supported ride - I don't care, this is amazing.

 

This was an amazing effort - why do you have to sew a seed of doubt? Just celebrate an amazing achievement and leave the small-minded negativity in your own life, not ours.

Bloody hell - over-react much?

In comments on previous articles (and on other sites) plenty of people have complained about how MB's challenge  wasn't totally valid as he had a support crew. I've always maintained that is bollocks and he is doing something incredible. Read my comment with that in mind and it'll probably make more sense.

Anyway, back to the small minded negativity of my life.

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rkemb [53 posts] 4 months ago
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Was it 79 days because he remembered about crossing the Date Line, unlike Phileas Fogg?

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mingmong [299 posts] 4 months ago
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16 hours a day on a bike - that's some going laugh

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Simon E [3180 posts] 4 months ago
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jasecd wrote:

In comments on previous articles (and on other sites) plenty of people have complained about how MB's challenge  wasn't totally valid as he had a support crew. I've always maintained that is bollocks and he is doing something incredible. Read my comment with that in mind and it'll probably make more sense.

I've not seen those comments but Mark mentioned them in a Guardian piece last week.

I can't figure out why anyone has an issue with it. He's not trying to beat the unsupported record (Wikipedia), he's doing something different. They are just miserable tossers with nothing better to do than take pot shots at someone else's achievements.

As someone who rides a bike daily it's difficult for me to comprehend the scale of what he has done over those 79 days.

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Gkam84 [9110 posts] 4 months ago
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Simon E wrote:

I've not seen those comments but Mark mentioned them in a Guardian piece last week.

I can't figure out why anyone has an issue with it. He's not trying to beat the unsupported record (Wikipedia), he's doing something different. They are just miserable tossers with nothing better to do than take pot shots at someone else's achievements.

As someone who rides a bike daily it's difficult for me to comprehend the scale of what he has done over those 79 days.

 

Mark may not be trying to beat the unsupported record, but as Gunniess doesn't differentiate between supported and unsupported, he's wiping all previous records from the books. That's why he's getting stick for his "record".

Plus, the fact he's made it a corporate thing and will likely now have a BBC documentary about it and write a book and go on tour.....etc.

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biketime [27 posts] 4 months ago
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Well done, sir, well done.  (Nice bike, too) 

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