Mark Beaumont’s Guinness World Record-breaking circumnavigation of the world by bike is up on Strava – and the Scot is getting kudos galore, more than 200,000 and counting, on the social network for athletes.
The 34-year-old arrived in Paris on Monday 78 days 14 hours and 40 minutes after setting off from the French capital on 2 July to smash the previous record of 123 days held by New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson.
His route took him through Europe, across Russia and into China then through Australia and New Zealand and, after flying to Alaska, the United States and Canada before returning to Europe last week to complete his journey.
On the way, he averaged 240 miles a day in the saddle. Here’s a link to the 79th and final day of Beaumont’s ride on Strava.
No KOMs for him on that last day, although one Facebook user commenting on a post by Strava about the ride – accompanied by a logo of the globe with a crown above it – did wonder if he was now entitled to call himself KOW – Strava shorthand for ‘King of the World’.
Beaumont returned to Scotland from Paris by air – thereby missing an opportunity to stand at the bows of a cross-Channel ferry and recreate that scene from the 1997 movie, Titanic …
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.