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Beaumont spins into Scottish leg of 80 day mission warm-up

Press Release   •   Apr 10, 2017 14:59 BST

Mark Beaumont at Edinburgh Airport

Cycling star Mark Beaumont, has reached the Scottish leg of his warm-up training for an 80-day mission to travel 18,000 miles around the world by bike.

Arriving in Dumfries this afternoon (Monday 10 April), Perthshire-raised Mark will spend 6 days cycling around his home country from Dumfries to Thurso.

His arrival in Scotland marks day 7 of his cycle around the coastline of Britain with Mark pedalling from Dumfries to Edinburgh. The tour is part of Beaumont’s warm up training for the Artemis World Cycle, starting in July 2017.

The 3, 500 miles, 15- day training ride will be at the ’80 days’ pace, with Beaumont cycling for 16 hours and 240 miles per day.

For Beaumont’s exact location, fans are encouraged to keep track of his progress using the live tracker, but fans wanting to see him speeding past at an ’80 days pace’ can keep eyes peeled at the following Scottish locations:

Monday 10 April:

Dumfries - 2.30pm

Kirkcudbright - 5pm

Tuesday 11 April:

Ayr - 9.30am

Cambeltown - 3pm

Wednesday 12 April:

Mallaig - 8am

Isleornsay - 10am

Gairloch - 6.30pm

Thursday 13 April:

Thurso - 5pm

John O Groats - 6pm

Friday 14 April:

Inverness - 8.30am

Aberdeen - 7pm

Saturday 15 April:

Dundee - 8am

St Andrews- 9am

Edinburgh -12pm

Best known for cycling around the world in 194 days in 2008, Mark Beaumont is taking ultra-endurance to another level this summer by circumnavigating the globe in less than half that time. Beaumont is attempting to travel 18,000 miles around the world, starting from Paris on Sunday 2 July.

As part of his mission to travel around the world in 80 days, breaking the current world record of 123 days, set by New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson, the star, who lives in Crieff, is raising funds for Orkidstudio, which works to benefit communities worldwide through innovative architecture and construction. The journey will also be tracked through Twinkl, a global educational platform for primary schools.

Mark Beaumont said: “This is the culmination of the past two decades, since I was a 12-year-old boy cycling across Scotland, I would love for this journey to give people the confidence to take on what they are capable of, for young people in particular to stop and to think ‘what’s my 80 days’?”

I want to redefine the limits of human endurance by proving what seems impossible really is possible. After capsizing in the Atlantic, I gave up being an athlete for a couple of years, and enjoyed making documentaries about other athletes – but in truth I had unfinished business, I couldn’t idly watch others push their limits. I am excited and nervous about what lies ahead, it truly is unchartered territory.”

Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland Chief Executive, said: “Mark Beaumont embodies every aspect of #ScotSpirit and is a fantastic ambassador for our country. We are delighted to be able to support him during this incredible feat and, like the whole of Scotland, we will be cheering him on throughout. As Mark makes his way around our beautiful country this week, I’m sure the warmth and welcome of his fellows Scots will help carry him through those difficult miles.”

While cycling around the coastline of Britain, Beaumont is expected to drink between eight and ten litres of water per day (the average person drinks two litres) and consume 8,000kcal. Members of the public are encouraged to turn out to support him as he visits towns and cities across the country.

To find out more about Mark Beaumont and cycling in Scotland, check out:

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    About the Artemis World Cycle

    • The Artemis World Cycle is an extraordinary challenge to be undertaken by Scottish long-distance athlete, broadcaster and ambassador Mark Beaumont. The journey, starting from Paris on Sunday 2 July, would represent a World Record, meaning Mark would break the existing world record by more than 40 days.
    • Mark Beaumont will leave Paris on Sunday 2 July and cycle to Beijing via Poland, Lithuania, Russia, and Mongolia. He will then cycle between Perth and Brisbane in Australia, and between Invercargill and Auckland in New Zealand. The fourth leg of his challenge is between Anchorage in the United States and Halifax in Canada, and he will complete his journey by cycling from Lisbon to Paris.
    • Orkidstudio is a charity based in Kilmacolm, Scotland and Nairobi, Kenya, that works to benefit communities worldwide through innovative architecture, construction and social enterprise.
    • Keep track of this incredible journey at and on Twitter via @MrMarkBeaumont
    • Mark Beaumont has secured international sponsorship from brands including Artemis Investment Management, LDC, VisitScotland, Koga, Casio, Moonsport, Altura, Panaracer, Wiggle, Cardtronics, Tunnocks, The Hunter Foundation, John Clark Motor Group, Scot Motor Home Hire, 80 DAYS Digital, Muckle Media, Menzies Aviation, Thorntons Law LLP and Edinburgh Airport to help support his journey.

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