Cyclist set to finish round-the-world challenge ahead of schedule

Mark Beaumont set to reclaim world record


Ultra-endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont is set to reclaim the world record for circumnavigating the globe one day ahead of schedule.

The adventurer is due to arrive in Paris on Monday afternoon, finishing his round the world in 80 days challenge on day 79.

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Inspired by Jules Verne's classic adventure novel Around The World In Eighty Days, Beaumont set off from under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on July 2.

He cycled through Europe, Russia, Mongolia and China, before his record attempt took him across Australia, New Zealand and North America.

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

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Beaumont crossed the Spanish border on Saturday, making his way north east towards the French capital.

His Artemis World Cycle covers 18,000 miles, which means the Scot has had to complete 240 miles a day - spending 16 hours in the saddle - to stay on schedule.

In 2008, Beaumont completed a cycle around the globe in 194 days, setting a world record.

Since then, the record has been whittled down to 123 days by New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson.

Unlike his 2008 solo ride, he has been accompanied by a mechanic, nutritionist, physiotherapist and manager on this attempt.

Speaking at the start of his challenge, Beaumont said he spent three years creating a support team to deal with logistics, navigation and safety, allowing him to "purely focus on my performance and being an athlete".

"I don't think anyone has ever tried to go this fast and this far before and I have been building on my experience as an endurance rider over two decades to prepare for this journey," he said.

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