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British cyclist smashes world record for circling the world

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 01:06

British endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont smashed the Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe, finishing a day and a half shy of his goal of 80 days

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SHOWS:PARIS, FRANCE (SEPTEMBER 18, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF MARK BEAUMONT CYCLING TO FINISH LINE 2. BEAUMONT PICKING UP HIS FOUR-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER HARRIET 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GUINNESS WORLD RECORD TITLE HOLDER FOR FASTEST CIRCUMNAVIGATION BY CYCLING AND FARTHEST DISTANCE CYCLED IN ONE MONTH, MARK BEAUMONT, SAYING: "I've barely walked for two and a half months. I've got out of bed at 3:30 in the morning, I've got on my bike at 4am, I've ridden til 9:30, 10 o'clock at night. I've been living in this weird bubble where I literally eat 9,000 calories a day, try and ride my bike 240 miles a day and repeat. And the big picture, the world, is obviously way too scary, it freaks me out. So it's literally about riding to the next horizon. But this point, getting back here, I've probably played over in my mind hundreds of thousands of times." 4. GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ADJUDICATOR ANNA ORFORD HANDING CERTIFICATES TO BEAUMONT 5. BEAUMONT POSING WITH HIS WIFE NICCI, AND HIS DAUGHTERS HARRIET (4 YEARS OLD) AND WILLA (1 YEAR OLD), WITH ARC DE TRIOMPHE IN BACKGROUND STORY: The journey ended where it began - at Paris's Arc de Triomphe. British endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont smashed the Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation, finishing a day and a half shy of his goal of 80 days, arriving in Paris on Monday (September 18). Beaumont set himself the challenge of cycling around 18,000 miles (29,000km) across the planet. His trip saw him heading east across Europe through Poland, Russia, Mongolia and China before hopping onto a plane and cycling from Perth to Brisbane across the deserts of Australia and cycling again through New Zealand before crossing North America from Alaska to eastern Canada and finally starting again from Lisbon and cycling back to Paris. Waking up at 3:30am, Beaumont cycled for 18 hours over 240-mile distances a day, and sustained himself on a 9,000-calories-per-day diet. A bike crash in Russia on the ninth day that broke his tooth and injured his elbow nearly ended his feat, Beaumont told reporters, but he soldiered on, buoyed not only by his support team but also fans who showed up along his route or followed him online. He made the same attempt in 2008, cycling around the world in 194 days. This year, the Scotsman beat the record held by New Zealander Andrew Nicholson, who in 2015 managed the feat in 123 days. He said the past 78 days took him to a "mental depth" he had never experienced. He was welcomed at the finish line by his mother Una, who is also his manager, and his wife Nicci and their two daughters, Harriet and Willa.

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British cyclist smashes world record for circling the world

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 01:06