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Mark Beaumont beats World Record for Africa Solo challenge

Renowned adventurer and LDC Corporate Ambassador Mark Beaumont has smashed the Cairo to Cape Town cycling world record, completing the trip in just 42 days and beating the previous best time by more than two weeks.

Mark’s incredible feat has seen him take an astonishing 17 days off the existing world record of 59 days and eight hours for the 6,750 mile ‘Africa Solo’ challenge, beating the time set by the South African rider, Keegan Longueira, earlier this year.

The record-breaking time has seen Mark dramatically beat even his personal target of 50 days, and is made all the more remarkable given that he was forced to overcome problems with his bike, as well as fight off an attempted mugging, during his epic trek along the iconic African route.

Having left Cairo on April 10th, Mark has maintained an average mileage of 150 miles per day through challenging conditions and terrain, journeying through countries including Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana before reaching South Africa.

Mark has raised money for humanitarian design organisation, Orkidstudio, for whom he has been patron since 2010. The expedition has already raised over £30,000 for Orkidstudio’s projects.

Mark Beaumont said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have completed the ‘Africa Solo’ challenge in a time which was beyond even my own expectations. It’s been an incredible journey, and I’ll never forget all that I’ve seen and experienced along the way.

“I’m doubly pleased to have raised money for Orkidstudio, and having seen so many of the regions and communities it supports, it’s clear that they do invaluable work to help people throughout Africa. I hope that my journey will inspire people to raise much needed funds for the charity.”

Throughout September and October, Mark will be speaking about his latest challenge at various LDC events, if you are interested in attending please contact LDC on info@ldc.co.uk.

by Sophie Reed