03 / April 2017
Cycling star Mark Beaumont, best known for cycling around the world in 194 days in 2008, will use Panaracer Tires in his attempt to take ultra-endurance to another level by circumnavigating the globe in less than half that time.
Beaumont will be attempting to travel 18,000 miles around the world, starting from Paris on Sunday 2 July. He will use the Panaracer EVO3 Race D tire for the attempt. The tire is known for its longevity and durability, while maintaining the low rolling resistance needed for such an attempt. Riding for 16 hours and roughly 240 miles each day for 80 days, Beaumont will test Panaracer Tires in the most extreme conditions.
Using Panaracer Tires for the record attempt is confirmation of the faith that Beaumont has in the product. Jeff Zell from Panaracer is excited to see the attempt unfold, “That Mark chooses to use our tires is testament to what we’ve known for a long time; our tires are reliable across a huge range of conditions, and will provide everything Mark requires to successfully take on this audacious challenge”
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 Scottish adventurer 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.
“This is the culmination of the past two decades, since I was a 12-year-old boy cycling across Scotland,” says Beaumont. “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.”
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.
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.
Beaumont has also secured international sponsorship from brands including Artemis Investment Management, LDC, VisitScotland, Koga, 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.
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 www.artemisworldcycle.com and on Twitter via @MrMarkBeaumont