British cyclist pedals around the world in 78 days, smashes record


British rider Mark Beaumont has completed his round-the-world cycle challenge in a record 79 days - beating the previous mark by 44 days. Panaracer Tires supported Beaumont on the record attempt, providing him with Race D Evo3 tires.

Arriving in evening rush hour traffic under light drizzle, the 34-year-old rode the last cobbled mile to the Arc de Triomphe with a 20-strong entourage on wheels, including a man in a top hat on a penny-farthing bicycle.

A Guinness World Record adjudicator handed the cyclist two world record certificates - one for the round-the-world record, the other for the furthest distance cycled in a single month.

"I broke a tooth and smashed my elbow", he said.

He spent 16 hours a day in the saddle for 76 days to cover the 29,000 kilometres (18,000 miles), getting up at 3.30 am every morning. The first stage saw him travel through Europe to Russian Federation and Mongolia, culminating in Beijing. He returned through North American before "sprinting" through Portugal, Spain and France.

He then arrived back in Europe for a final push from Lisbon to Paris.

As Beaumont cycled through Canada and US, he was faced with the prospect of weathering secondary storms of Hurricane Irma.

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Although his latest escapade has not been so obviously unsafe, spending so long in the saddle has taken its toll, with Beaumont telling reporters that even walking up airport stairs "really hurt". The physical and mental stamina required for each day was a challenge in itself, but I had an unbelievable support team around me.

Speaking to BBC, Beaumont described his journey as an "incredible experience" and he had "redefined the limits of endurance sport".

"Each stage brought different challenges including different climates, which I had to adjust to quickly".

The cyclist says none of it would have been possible without the support of his family and the team on the road, including performance manager Laura Penhaul, the one person who has accompanied him on the whole journey.

The Artemis World Cycle also partnered with Twinkl to create lesson plans and educational material for primary schools across the globe.

His trip was to raise money for Orkidstudio, which aims to benefit communities around the world by providing innovative infrastructure.

Beaumont secured worldwide corporate sponsorship from brands including Artemis Investment Management, LDC, Cardtronics, Koga, Altura, Panaracer, VisitScotland, Menzies Aviation, Hiscox/Bikmo, 80 DAYS Digital, Muckle Media, and Thorntons Law LLP.