Around the world in 80 days...on a bicycle Mark Beaumont

Jules Verne’s fictional book around the world in 80 days has inspired many adventurers to attempt a similar real life journey. From around the world in 80 drinks, 80 girls, 80 ways, 80 dinners to a full fledged spin around the globe on an electrical motorbike and a celebrity RTW travel race…in 80 days obviously. Find all of them here. But now long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont has taken the original Phileas Fogg story to a whole new level by traveling Around the world in 80 days…on a bicycle!

Around the world in 80 days…on a bicycle

The great Scot is attempting to cycle around the world in less than 80 days in a gruelling adventure inspired by Jules Verne’s 1873 classic book. To achieve this Beaumont has to spend  upwards of 16 hours a day in the saddle to complete a daily target of cycling 240 miles.

RTW from 194 days to 80 days

Ten years ago, Beaumont, who is now 34, broke the same record. It took him 194 days. This time he plans to smash his previous trip and the current record held by Andrew Nicholson who did it in 123 days.

According to Guinness World Records, any circumnavigation of the Earth must involve 18,000 miles (28,970km) and passage through two antipodal points. The route itself is up to the rider.

To cut over 100 days off his own personal best everything about his ‘around the world in 80 days’ bicycle trip will be different from the previous journey. Whereas before he traveled like a normal bicycle tourer, carrying his own tent and equipment, cooking his own food at night and sleeping on campsites and people’s couches.

This time Beaumont is going in pro mode riding a lightweight racing bike with a support team following him. He will sleep in the campervan that is part of his team and a cook will serve him the 8,000 calories a day that he will need to keep going.

“This time I won’t be stopping to talk to people, or sleeping in mosques and under roads, I go back to the expeditions I’ve done and they have been fun, but what always bugged me was the sense of compromise carrying 30 kg of touring gear. Now I am going light. This is my one chance to put all my cards on the table. It’s a pure test of performance.”

Beaumont’s schedule is insane. Every day he will hit the road at 4am and cycle for 16 hours, with a 30-minute break every four. Only five hours are planned for sleep. He will have to repeat this 75 times, leaving three days for flights, and two for contingency. On average, he must cycle 240 miles a day (almost 390km). By an imaginary straight road, that’s Paris to Amsterdam. Every day. For 80 days.

Around the world in 80 days...on a bicycle Mark Beaumont

The Route cycling around the world in 80 days

It took weeks to plot a route linking international airports via paved, flat roads while avoiding war zones and difficult border crossings.

Beaumont’s 18,000 mile, 14 country,  RTW bicycle mission is broken into four stages. First he rides from Paris to Beijing through Eastern Europe and Russia. Stage two sees the adventurer go from Perth in Australia to Auckland, New Zealand. He then heads to Alaska for stage three, where he’ll trek through to Nova Scotia in Canada. The final leg sees Mark ride from Lisbon back to Paris.

If he makes his goal of 240 miles a day, he should complete the kickass feat in 75 days. Add 3 travel days by plane and 2 contingency days and you reach the 80 day goal.  

“This will be the toughest challenge of my life. It will be an immense physical, mental and logistical battle before I reach the finish line. Since I last pedalled around the world nearly 10 years ago, there has been a growing desire in me to push the boundaries of what is possible and to retake the circumnavigation World Record at a whole new level.”

Fingers crossed and follow his bicycle tour here