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Around the World in 80 Days

Mark Beaumont

Around the World in 80 Days

Road Cycling Collection by Mark Beaumont

79

Tours

1330:35 h

18,025 mi

488,450 ft

On Monday 18th September 2017, I left the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, aiming to return within 80 days to complete the world's fastest circumnavigation of the world by bike, inspired by the story of Phileas Fogg, from Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days.

Some 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes later I returned to the spot, having ridden no less than 18,025 miles (29,008 kilometres). In the process I beat the previous Guinness World Record by 45 days, and set a second record for the most miles ridden in a month along the way.

In this Collection you can see the exact route that I took for my Around the World cycle, starting with crossing Eastern Europe, Russia, Mongolia and China, before flying down to Australia and New Zealand. Alaska, Canada and North America came next, before the final miles through Portugal, Spain and France, all aiming for the golden 240 miles a day. As you'll see from each Tour description, some days were certainly easier than others...

This wasn't my first round the world ride. On 15 February 2008, I returned to the Arc de Triomphe after 194 days and 17 hours solo and unsupported. On that attempt, I'd averaged 100 punishing miles a day, which at the time smashed the Guinness World Record by 81 days. Nearly ten years on, I wanted to see what could be done with a full support crew, really pushing the limits of human endurance.

The attempt was a real team effort, fully supported with drivers, mechanics, performance managers and physiotherapists switching out for each leg.

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Tours & Highlights

  • 16:45
    247 mi
    14.8 mph
    6,125 ft
    5,950 ft

    The round the world challenge started with the first leg from Paris, heading east towards the Russian border and across Asia to Beijing.

    

    Despite a mind whirring, I tried to stockpile sleep the night before, knowing this would be my last opportunity to get a full eight hours.

    

    I set off from the Arc de

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  • 17:13
    244 mi
    14.2 mph
    7,025 ft
    8,125 ft

    A second 4am start, leaving Northern Belgium behind and crossing into the Netherlands with a sore left Achilles, to be joined for a while by Aloys, the founder of Koga, the brand of my round the world bike.

    

    Into the heart of Germany, we finished the day at half nine near Hannover, another 390-odd km in the bank.

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  • 17:11
    249 mi
    14.5 mph
    4,400 ft
    4,525 ft

    The task on the third day was to cross Germany and get as close to Poland as possible, starting by circling around Hannover and then later Berlin.

    

    This was my first 400km day, 250 miles, which was utterly remarkable, because it has been a day of setbacks, just bizarre road closures and ducking on and

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  • 17:07
    245 mi
    14.3 mph
    3,950 ft
    3,600 ft

    The early morning crossing into Poland was easy and I was onto long, straight, quiet wooded roads. Just

    after dawn a wolf trotted across the road right in front of me; a wonderful moment of calm and a glimpse into the wilderness – I was no longer in Western Europe.

    

    The tailwind, which was with me all day

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  • 17:16
    242 mi
    14.0 mph
    5,750 ft
    5,550 ft

    It was a surprisingly cold start to the day, mist lying

    low on the fields. At this time I'd just passed 1,000 miles, only 17,000 to go!

    

    As the day went on, the roads got smaller and prettier, but the quantity of trucks didn’t lessen and I missed the comfort of a hard shoulder to duck into when they passed

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  • 17:15
    243 mi
    14.1 mph
    7,125 ft
    7,000 ft

    This was the last day riding through Europe, with Lithuania in the morning, Latvia in the afternoon, and then crossing into Russia the following morning.

    

    I was happy with the 245 miles progress, considering it was my biggest ascent day yet and involved a couple of sections of dirt roads in Lithuania and

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  • 17:22
    245 mi
    14.1 mph
    7,225 ft
    6,800 ft

    After some early morning confusion about which Russian border crossing to take, it took forty-five minutes for us to be allowed into Russia, and the unsmiling guards made sure we didn’t feel welcome.

    

    I had treated the border crossing as my first break of the day, so set out into Russia for my next four

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  • 17:15
    262 mi
    15.2 mph
    5,300 ft
    5,600 ft

    Today's task was to navigate through Moscow, and it went from a single carriageway through several hundred

    miles of forests suddenly on to a ten-lane highway and ring-roads with an intimidating volume of traffic.

    

    Getting the Moscow crossing planned was hectic, and it didn't help when the RV got stuck too

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  • 17:03
    228 mi
    13.4 mph
    5,075 ft
    5,075 ft

    That was definitely the toughest day yet: 230 miles, which is a remarkable success, considering I started the day with a crash. I didn’t have much of the help I had yesterday with the tailwind; it’s been a really rolling day, big climbs and a cracking sidewind most of the time. But

    most of all this elbow

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  • 17:07
    245 mi
    14.3 mph
    8,500 ft
    9,200 ft

    It was a big relief to be back on target with a 247-mile day, considering I had my arm in strapping all day and the bruising was coming out across the palm of my hand. It was really painful today, not helped by seriously rough roads in the morning.

    

    It certainly got better this afternoon: incredible horizons

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  • 17:10
    239 mi
    13.9 mph
    9,050 ft
    9,200 ft

    Although today I managed just over the 240 miles, it was an absolute battle – first day properly into the headwinds.

    

    I was not loving Russia for the trucks and traffic – I have been in a bit of a darker place today because of the conditions.

    

    As well as the headwind, there was also about 3,000 metres of

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  • 17:00
    248 mi
    14.6 mph
    9,900 ft
    9,425 ft

    The twelfth day had been a biggy, with 250 miles, and well over 3,000 metres climbing.

    

    Even though we would be going through the Ural Mountains on the next day, it should be a lot less climbing.

    

    After that, it dropped to less than 500 metres of climbing a day. My cleats were really hurting too, so I was

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  • 16:55
    240 mi
    14.2 mph
    8,350 ft
    8,825 ft

    So we made it across Europe in twelve and a half days and were now in Asia, a huge milestone.

    

    This was a 243-mile day, and I have passed one touring cyclist in the whole of Russia and I can see why. Certainly the roads that I am on are not for your average cyclist, they are absolutely brutal. You'd benefit

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  • 17:11
    249 mi
    14.5 mph
    5,575 ft
    5,550 ft

    It was a dry day, one of the first days in Russia when it hadn’t rained at all. And being a Saturday, there were a lot less trucks so I felt a lot safer on the road – I actually quite enjoyed it.

    

    It was a beautiful finish top the day too. It is getting quite cool; just as the sun sets, there is this mist

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  • 20:45
    252 mi
    12.1 mph
    3,225 ft
    3,250 ft

    At the end of day 15 we had a beautiful red sunset and we just made it around the town of Omsk. I wasn’t meant to make it this far, but it has been another cracking day distance wise with 406 kilometres, so it has been good to crack the 250 miles again.

    

    Over the last three days the local time has changed

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  • 17:00
    238 mi
    14.0 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,050 ft

    This was meant to be the flattest day of stage 1 across Europe and Asia, so I was looking forward to fast miles, but in actual fact it had been one of the toughest days so far.

    

    I had a cracking headwind all morning and in the afternoon rode on to concrete roads. Little lips and gaps you are dropping off

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  • 17:15
    228 mi
    13.2 mph
    5,050 ft
    4,575 ft

    This was only the second day since Paris that we didn't nail the 240 mile target, but I had a headwind all day, so there was a time that I thought we would lose a lot more than that.

    

    Quite a change of scenery: I made it past Novosibirsk, and it was just flat, flat, flat, just marshes. Just done about

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  • 17:16
    234 mi
    13.6 mph
    8,250 ft
    8,025 ft

    This day was an absolute battle, covering 236 miles, and far hillier than I expected it to be.

    

    With heavy rain for the first three hours, it wasn't the

    easiest way to warm up; but I soon dried out and it ended up being a beautiful day through much quieter roads.

    

    There has been a really noticeable change

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  • 17:18
    246 mi
    14.2 mph
    8,450 ft
    7,825 ft

    A big milestone at the end of the 19th day, because this is officially a quarter of the way around the World.

    

    It was a big day, just shy of 400km, so about 248 miles. And it was so nice to stop and say hello to my Russian crew – to acknowledge them and say thank you.

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  • 17:02
    239 mi
    14.1 mph
    7,950 ft
    8,300 ft

    Covering 241 miles on the 20th day made for a good day, in that sense, but it was a funny old day. The story of the day was rain, rain, rain. It started dry but massive, massive rain today, so quite nice for it to clear for last couple of hours, following a train track into this evening which had been beautiful.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    79
  • Distance
    18,025 mi
  • Duration
    1330:35 h
  • Elevation
    488,450 ft

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