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Just a warm-up for his around the world effort in a couple of months’ time

Mark Beaumont has completed his 3,500 warm-up ride round Britain's coastline in 14 and a half days. He now plans to cycle around the world in 80 days.

“We live in a very hilly wee island,” he concluded. “It’s been tough riding.”

Beaumont began his round Britain jaunt on Tuesday April 4, aiming to maintain 240 miles a day, the same rate as will be needed to get round the world ride in 80 days.

Shortly after arriving back in Gravesend, he said that he felt good, but very sleep deprived.

Beaumont will now take a two month break before embarking on his round the world attempt.

Should he achieve his aim and ride 18,000 miles around the world in less than 80 days, it would knock 43 days off the current Guinness World Record.

His route will see him riding for around 16 hours a day through 14 countries. More details can be found on his Artemis World Cycle website.

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