British athlete and adventurer Mark Beaumont holds his daughter as he arrives in Paris after cycling 29,000 kilometers around the world
British athlete and adventurer Mark Beaumont holds his daughter as he arrives in Paris after cycling 29,000 kilometers around the world IAN LANGSDON

Around the world in 78 days ... on a bike

A BRITISH endurance rider has smashed the Guinness World Record for the quickest circumnavigation of the planet on a bicycle, completing the 29,000km in under 80 days.

Mark Beaumont cycled for 18 hours a day - and burned more than 9000 calories in the process - as he crossed Poland, Russia, Mongolia, China, Australia and the United States.

The Scotsman completed the ride in 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes. The record was previously held by New Zealander Andrew Nicholson, who in 2015 managed the feat in 123 days.

"It's literally about riding to the next horizon," he said after completing his marathon ride under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. "I've barely walked for two-and-a-half months."

Beaumont suffered crash in Russia on day nine, suffering a broken tooth and injuring his elbow.

But it was the mental battle that he felt most.

"It's just the sleep deprivation. It's after weeks and weeks and weeks, it's just the long, long hours you spend in your head, you know, really battling. And you just need to decide you're never going to stop," he said.

A Guinness World Record adjudicator handed the cyclist two world record certificates - one for the round-the-world record, the other for the furthest distance cycled in a single month.

News Corp Australia


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