While most of us cycling enthusiasts travel to Cape Town for the world-famous 109km Cycle Tour (previously the Argus), British endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont decided to push his African Adventure one-step further with a whopping 10,863km journey from Cairo to Cape Town.
Smashing previous records by a staggering 17 days, 32-year-old Mark from Perthshire in Scotland, completed his trip in just 41 days, 10 hours and 22 minutes, despite suffering from various mechanical problems, an attempted mugging and food poisoning along the way.Image Courtesy of Rovos Rail
Mark already holds several world records, which include the Fastest Person to Cycle around the World, and the Fastest Person to Cycle across the Americas, but insists his “wanderlust is definitely cured for a while” after his latest world record title.
When interviewed at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, Mark said, “I feel a lot of relief. I put a lot of pressure on myself when I take on these big expeditions.” He continued, “It’s not just my dream, there’s a lot of backing from sponsors, the media’s excited, tens of thousands of people are following online, and there’s a belief that I’ll just go out there and do it. It’s tough, so when I get to the finishing line it’s just an incredible relief to do it.”
Cycling an average of 240 kilometres per day, Mark crossed through Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana before finally reaching South Africa, and it seems the 7 months of training that he did with the Scottish cycling squad prior to his trip got him in perfect condition for his African challenge.
Beaumont said, “My plan was always to set the world record at a totally new level”, and it looks like he’s done exactly that! Would you tackle such an amazing journey (money and time permitting)? Drop us a line and let us know!
I think I’d rather do it on board Rovos Rail – Africa’s most luxurious train!