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 …
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.