Man bikes around the world

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A British cyclist has smashed the Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation of the planet on a bicycle, riding 29,000km in 79 days.

Mark Beaumont cycled for 18 hours a day after beginning his journey in Paris in July, cycling through Europe, Russia, Mongolia and China.

He then cycled across Australia, through New Zealand and across North America before the final “sprint finish” thorough Portugal, Spain and France.

During the trip Beaumont was exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the southern hemisphere and smog from forest fires in North America.

He had two falls – one of them in Russia requiring emergency dental treatment from his back-up team – but otherwise everything went to plan.

“Physically, of course, I’m incredibly sore but what you learn very quickly is there’s a big difference between hurting and being injured. I’m not injured, although it will take time for the body to recover.

“For one thing, I think I’d struggle to walk up and down a flight of steps at the moment because I’ve not really walked since 2 July.”


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