Mark Beaumont has smashed the record for riding the length of Africa from Cairo to Cape Town by 17 days.
The Scottish adventurer, former holder of the Guinness World Record for the quickest circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle, took 42 days to complete the 6,750-mile journey.
The previous record of 59 days was set by South Africa’s Keegan Longueria earlier in the year.
Round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont will attempt to break the Cairo to Cape Town cycling record, a distance of 10,609km, when he sets off today. The record is currently 59 days, but Beaumont aims to reduce the record to just 50 days.
Cairo to Cape Town in 50 days – Mark Beaumont attempts to secure another long distance cycling world record
Mark Beaumont, who has previously cycled the length of the Americas and once held the world record for circumnavigating the globe by bike, will next month attempt to break his latest world record. The 31-year-old Scot will attempt to cycle the 6,500 miles from Egypt to South Africa in just 50 days.
Round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont is this month giving a series of free talks in which he’ll talk about his epic journey which saw him set a then world record for a circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle of 194 days 17 hours, as well as his next exploit – leading a group of 30 riders in the World Cycle Challenge.
The talks will be held at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh on Thursday 10 November, the McGregor Suite at Villa Park in Birmingham on Monday 14 November, and London’s Conway Hall on Monday 24 November.
Record-breaking round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont has given his backing to an initiative designed to get drivers to give Scottish children the space they need to cycle to school in safety, yesterday helping to launch the Give Me Cycle Space campaign at St Mark’s School, Barrhead, East Renfrewshire.
Round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont, who held the Guinness World Record for the fastest cirumnavigation of the globe by bicycle until it was beaten by Vin Cox earlier this year, has been named Top Scot in the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards.
Record-breaking long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont is off on his travels again – but this time he’s driving rather than using his bike, as he undertakes a 38-date tour of the UK to recount his experiences.
Meanwhile, next week, BBC One begins airing the documentary of the 27-year-old Scot’s latest epic ride along the Rockies and Andes mountain ranges.
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.
A video diary with a difference is being made by a Scot cycling the length of the Americas.
Mark Beaumont, previously the record holder for the fastest round-the-world cycle ride, talks to his camera not only as a record of his trip, but as a way of keeping the blues at bay.
He's even gone as far as naming the camera 'Wilson' – a nod to Captain Scott's fated 1911 Polar Expedition, perhaps? - and is in regular conversation with it as he cycles alone for long periods of time.