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The man who cycled the world

Mark Beaumont "on the road".

Scottish cyclist Mark Beaumont will travel to the University of St Andrews this week to tell of his incredible record-breaking journey.

Mark, of Newburgh, Fife, will present a talk entitled “The Man who Cycled the World” to the St Andrews University Expedition Society on Thursday 12th March.

In 2008, on Friday 15th February at 3.30pm, Mark completed his 18,000 miles circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle and arrived back at the Arc de Triomphe 194 days and 17 hours after leaving there on 5th August 2007.

The total distance cycled was 18,297 miles which now makes Mark the Guinness World Record holder by a margin of 81 days.

At the age of twelve Mark Beaumont cycled across Scotland from Dundee to Oban, after his mother persuaded him that Land’s End to John o’ Groats was a long way!

However, aged fifteen, he tackled the 1038 miles from John O’Groats to Lands End and completed his first solo ride which raised £3,000 for Charity.

After graduating from Glasgow University with a degree in Economics and Politics Mark decided to follow his dream and spent a year planning and training to become the fastest person to cycle round the world.

Mark Beaumont will speak about his adventures at the University of St Andrews on Thursday 12th March at 7pm in the Buchanan Lecture Theatre on Union Street.

Entrance costs £2 members / £3 non-members / £5 general public.

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