This week LDC corporate ambassador and ultra-endurance athlete Mark Beaumont reached the half way point in his epic challenge to cycle around the world in just 80 days. He completed the first 9,000 miles on Tuesday and today is on day 40 of the expedition.
Since setting off from Paris on 2nd July on his attempt to cycle around the world in just 80 days, Mark has spent 16 hours a day on his bike. He has cycled 240 miles a day and has travelled through more than ten countries to reach the halfway point of this 18,000-mile challenge.
Stage one saw Mark cover more than 6,500 miles from Paris to Beijing, travelling through Germany, Poland, Russia and Mongolia. He is now well into stage two – an epic journey cycling between Perth and Brisbane in Australia and then Invercargill to Auckland in New Zealand.
Despite hitting the halfway mark on schedule, Mark has faced tough challenges throughout, including a crash involving his support vehicle just yesterday, difficult border crossings and a fall from his bike on day nine, which almost ended his expedition. But, despite suffering an injury to his elbow and the loss of a quarter of one tooth from the fall, Mark carried on battling headwinds and hill climbs to complete 230 miles from New Annino to Lavrovka in Russia.
“It’s a huge relief and achievement to be at the halfway point. The impact of riding 240 miles per day is a test of physical and mental strength. Weather conditions and logistics are also daily challenges, as well as coping with continually changing time zones,” said Beaumont.
“I’m having to draw on my experiences as an endurance athlete, but through all of the trials, I am loving every minute of it. It’s been an amazing experience cycling through the first ten countries and being exposed to different cultures. I am especially pleased about completing stage one, as it was unknown territory, and I’m enjoying being back on familiar roads in Australia.”
Upon completing stage two, Mark will fly across the Pacific before cycling from Anchorage, Alaska, in the United States to Halifax in Canada. From here he will take on the final stretch, where he will cycle from Lisbon to the finish line in Paris. He will aim to arrive back in the French capital on Thursday 21st September.
Martin Draper, CEO of LDC, added: “Since setting his goal of cycling around the world in 80 days Mark has continued to achieve the unthinkable. His sheer determination, combined with thorough planning and the support of a highly-experienced team, has enabled him to continually push the boundaries of ambition. Having partnered with Mark for more than a decade it is fantastic to see him progress along this journey, and we’re supporting him every step of the way.”
Mark is being supported in his world record attempt by lead sponsor LDC and sponsor Altura, the cycling apparel brand of LDC portfolio company ZyroFisher.