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Mark Beaumont scoops Top Scot award

Long-distance cyclist beats Ryder Cup skipper Monty to prize previously won by Hoy and Rowlingh

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.

The 27-year-old, who this year appeared on TV in the BBC documentary Cycling The Americas, charting his ride from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, joins the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and JK Rowling as a winner of the overall award, and saw off competition from Ryder Cup winning captain Colin Montgomorie, among others, to in the top honour.

Afterwards, Beaumont, who two years ago won the sports category following his record-breaking round-the world ride, said, "It's incredible. I don't see myself in that league.

He added: "It's amazing, completely out of the blue. It's an incredible line-up," he said.

Beaumont, whose record-breaking circumnavigation is recounted in the book, The Man Who Cycled The World, and which was also the subject of a BBC documentary, continued: "When I graduated, I had grand hopes of making a name and a career, but you have to go out there and do it."

John McLellan, editor of The Scotsman, said: "For guts, determination and imagination, few people in the world can match Mark Beaumont. Not only is he thoroughly deserving of every accolade he receives but he is a superb ambassador for Scotland and a role model for young people everywhere.”

The newspaper adds that Beaumont is now planning his next journey, and while no details are being released at this stage, it is known that he won’t be undertaking it alone, and it won’t be on a bicycle.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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