Mark Beaumont

De wereld rond in 80 dagen

Mark Beaumont

De wereld rond in 80 dagen

Wielren Collectie van Mark Beaumont

79

Tours

1330:35 h

29.008 km

148.880 m

Op maandag 18 september 2017 verliet ik de Arc de Triomphe in Parijs, met als doel om binnen 80 dagen weer terug te keren. Geïnspireerd door het verhaal van Phileas Fogg, uit Jules Verne's roman ‘De reis om de wereld in tachtig dagen’, wilde ik 's werelds snelste circumnavigatie van de wereld op de fiets voltooien.

78 dagen, 14 uur en 40 minuten later keerde ik terug naar de plek, met maar liefst 29.008 kilometer in de benen. Daarbij versloeg ik het vorige Guinness Wereldrecord met 45 dagen en vestigde ik een tweede record voor de meeste gereden kilometers in een maand.

In deze Collectie kun je de exacte route zien die ik nam voor mijn wereld-rondtrip, beginnend met het doorkruisen van Oost-Europa, Rusland, Mongolië en China, voordat ik naar Australië en Nieuw-Zeeland vloog. Daarna volgden Alaska, Canada en Noord-Amerika, voor de laatste kilometers door Portugal, Spanje en Frankrijk, allemaal gericht op de gouden 240 mijl (386,2 kilometer) per dag. Zoals je in elke Tourbeschrijving zult zien, waren zeker niet alle dagen even gemakkelijker.

Dit was niet mijn eerste rit rond de wereld. Op 15 februari 2008 keerde ik terug naar de Arc de Triomphe na 194 dagen en 17 uur. Bij die poging had ik solo en zonder ondersteuning gemiddeld 160 brute kilometers per dag afgelegd, waarmee ik destijds het Guinness World Record met 81 dagen had verbroken. Bijna tien jaar later wilde ik zien wat ik kon doen met een volledige ondersteunende ploeg, waarbij ik echt de grenzen van het menselijk uithoudingsvermogen verlegde.

De prestatie was een echte teaminspanning, volledig ondersteund met chauffeurs, monteurs, prestatiemanagers en fysiotherapeuten die mij de gehele rit ondersteunden.

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Tours & Highlights

  • 16:45
    398 km
    23,7 km/h
    1.870 m
    1.810 m

    The round the world challenge started with the first leg from Paris, heading east towards the Russian border and across Asia to Beijing.

    Despite a mind whirring, I tried to …

  • 17:13
    393 km
    22,8 km/h
    2.140 m
    2.470 m

    A second 4am start, leaving Northern Belgium behind and crossing into the Netherlands with a sore left Achilles, to be joined for a while by Aloys, the founder of Koga, the brand of my round the world bike.

    Into the heart of Germany, we finished the day at half nine near Hannover, another 390-odd km in the bank.

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  • 17:11
    400 km
    23,3 km/h
    1.340 m
    1.380 m

    The task on the third day was to cross Germany and get as close to Poland as possible, starting by circling around Hannover and then later Berlin.

    This was my first 400km day, 250 miles, which was utterly remarkable, because it has been a day of setbacks, just bizarre road closures and ducking on and off little cycle paths, and I was amazed that we
    covered that distance.

  • 17:07
    395 km
    23,1 km/h
    1.210 m
    1.100 m

    The early morning crossing into Poland was easy and I was onto long, straight, quiet wooded roads. Just
    after dawn a wolf trotted across the road right in front of …

  • 17:16
    390 km
    22,6 km/h
    1.750 m
    1.690 m

    It was a surprisingly cold start to the day, mist lying
    low on the fields. At this time I'd just passed 1,000 miles, only 17,000 to go!

    As the day …

  • 17:15
    392 km
    22,7 km/h
    2.170 m
    2.140 m

    This was the last day riding through Europe, with Lithuania in the morning, Latvia in the afternoon, and then crossing into Russia the following morning.

    I was happy with the …

  • 17:22
    395 km
    22,7 km/h
    2.200 m
    2.070 m

    After some early morning confusion about which Russian border crossing to take, it took forty-five minutes for us to be allowed into Russia, and the unsmiling guards made sure we …

  • 17:15
    421 km
    24,4 km/h
    1.620 m
    1.710 m

    Today's task was to navigate through Moscow, and it went from a single carriageway through several hundred
    miles of forests suddenly on to a ten-lane highway and ring-roads with an …

  • 17:03
    367 km
    21,5 km/h
    1.550 m
    1.550 m

    That was definitely the toughest day yet: 230 miles, which is a remarkable success, considering I started the day with a crash. I didn’t have much of the help I …

  • 17:07
    394 km
    23,0 km/h
    2.590 m
    2.810 m

    It was a big relief to be back on target with a 247-mile day, considering I had my arm in strapping all day and the bruising was coming out across …

  • 17:10
    385 km
    22,4 km/h
    2.760 m
    2.800 m

    Although today I managed just over the 240 miles, it was an absolute battle – first day properly into the headwinds.

    I was not loving Russia for the trucks and traffic – I have been in a bit of a darker place today because of the conditions.

    As well as the headwind, there was also about 3,000 metres of climbing... But on the bright side, I was eleven
    days in and very much on target.

  • 17:00
    399 km
    23,5 km/h
    3.020 m
    2.870 m

    The twelfth day had been a biggy, with 250 miles, and well over 3,000 metres climbing.

    Even though we would be going through the Ural Mountains on the next day, it should be a lot less climbing.

    After that, it dropped to less than 500 metres of climbing a day. My cleats were really hurting too, so I was very much looking forward to getting past the mountain range.

  • 16:55
    387 km
    22,9 km/h
    2.550 m
    2.690 m

    So we made it across Europe in twelve and a half days and were now in Asia, a huge milestone.

    This was a 243-mile day, and I have passed one …

  • 17:11
    401 km
    23,3 km/h
    1.700 m
    1.690 m

    It was a dry day, one of the first days in Russia when it hadn’t rained at all. And being a Saturday, there were a lot less trucks so I felt a lot safer on the road – I actually quite enjoyed it.

    It was a beautiful finish top the day too. It is getting quite cool; just as the sun sets, there is this mist lying over the valley floor.

  • 20:45
    406 km
    19,5 km/h
    980 m
    990 m

    At the end of day 15 we had a beautiful red sunset and we just made it around the town of Omsk. I wasn’t meant to make it this far, …

  • 17:00
    382 km
    22,5 km/h
    650 m
    630 m

    This was meant to be the flattest day of stage 1 across Europe and Asia, so I was looking forward to fast miles, but in actual fact it had been …

  • 17:15
    367 km
    21,3 km/h
    1.540 m
    1.390 m

    This was only the second day since Paris that we didn't nail the 240 mile target, but I had a headwind all day, so there was a time that I thought we would lose a lot more than that.

    Quite a change of scenery: I made it past Novosibirsk, and it was just flat, flat, flat, just marshes. Just done about 600km flat and straight – now we are into big
    rolling hills, and into the woodlands.

  • 17:16
    377 km
    21,8 km/h
    2.510 m
    2.450 m

    This day was an absolute battle, covering 236 miles, and far hillier than I expected it to be.

    With heavy rain for the first three hours, it wasn't the
    easiest way to warm up; but I soon dried out and it ended up being a beautiful day through much quieter roads.

    There has been a really noticeable change, even the houses – feels like we are going into the wilderness,
    and a poorer part of Russia.

  • 17:18
    396 km
    22,9 km/h
    2.580 m
    2.380 m

    A big milestone at the end of the 19th day, because this is officially a quarter of the way around the World.

    It was a big day, just shy of 400km, so about 248 miles. And it was so nice to stop and say hello to my Russian crew – to acknowledge them and say thank you.

  • 17:02
    385 km
    22,6 km/h
    2.420 m
    2.530 m

    Covering 241 miles on the 20th day made for a good day, in that sense, but it was a funny old day. The story of the day was rain, rain, rain. It started dry but massive, massive rain today, so quite nice for it to clear for last couple of hours, following a train track into this evening which had been beautiful.

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Collectie-statistieken

  • Tours
    79
  • Afstand
    29.008 km
  • Tijdsduur
    1330:35 h
  • Hoogtemeters
    148.880 m

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