Bikmo’s CEO Dave George recently met up with endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont who has been rather busy since we last met him back in July.
Where most of us can boast of a few awesome summer rides, a brilliant summer holiday or for the lucky ones a combination of the two, Mark Beaumont chose to spend summer 2017 circumnavigating the world, by bike, in under 80 days. Well, 78 days, 14 hours and 40 mins to be precise.
Oh, and let’s not forget that he smashed a couple of Guinness world records along the way too!
We chatted about the challenges he faced riding 240 miles and consuming 9,000 calories each day, about the people he encountered along the way that helped lift his spirits, his amazing team, the landscapes, sun-rises and sun-sets he saw each day and, of course, bike tech.
Our first question: Physical or psychological – what was the hardest factor?
MB: “What gives me the advantage to ride these ultra distances is a lot of practice, 2 decades of experience pushing myself in terms of high mileage. Ultimately you can have the best team, the best logistics, best-laid plans but your ability to ride 18,000 in less than 80 days is your ability to suffer. Your grit. I don’t think I could have gone around the world this fast if I hadn’t already cycled around the world before. It is a physiological journey.
Physically it’s really a question of can you not injure yourself? It’s not about how fast are you or what is your sprint like? It’s about can you sustainably, for 16 hours a day with 5 hours sleep, never break down, never injure and just keep going?
We had a well laid plan that took 3 years to finalise and that worked out as 75 days riding, 3 days flight and 2 days contingency – I just didn’t use the whole contingency which is why we brought home the record in 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes.”
Here’s the full video. We suggest you grab a coffee, sit back and be prepared to be mesmerised by the living legend that is, Mr Mark Beaumont.