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The Man Who Cycled the World

The Man Who Cycled the World

by Mark Beaumont

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Overview

The remarkable true story of one man's quest to break the record for cycling around the world
 
On the 15th of February 2008, Mark Beaumont had pedaled through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris—194 days and 17 hours after setting off in an attempt to circumnavigate the world. His journey had taken him, alone and unsupported, through 18,297 miles, 4 continents, and numerous countries. From broken wheels and unforeseen obstacles in Europe, to stifling Middle Eastern deserts and deadly Australian spiders, to the highways and backroads of America, he’d seen the best and worst that the world had to offer.
 
He had also smashed the Guinness World Record by an astonishing 81 days. This is the story of how he did it.

Told with honesty, humor, and wisdom, The Man Who Cycled the World is at once an unforgettable adventure, an insightful travel narrative, and an impassioned paean to the joys of the open road.


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ISBN-13: 9780307716668
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 655,712
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Mark Beaumont grew up in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands. When he was 12, he cycled across Scotland, then a few years later completed the 1,000-mile solo ride across Britain from John O'Groats to Land's End. His next long-distance ride took him the length of Italy, a journey of 1,336 miles, helping to raise £50,000 for charity. After graduating from Glasgow University, he decided against a conventional career and devoted himself full-time to his endurance adventures. In 2008, Beaumont completed his Guinness World Record–breaking cycle around the world, having traveled 18,297 miles in just 194 days and 17 hours. He has self-filmed and presented three documentaries for the BBC, The Man Who Cycled the World, The Man Who Cycled the Americas, and most recently Rowing the Arctic, the story of the six-man team who crossed the ocean to the magnetic North Pole in August 2011.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Prelude in Something Major 1

Leg 1 Paris to Istanbul 3

Leg 2 Istanbul to Calcutta 69

Leg 3 Bangkok to Singapore 191

Leg 4 Perth to Brisbane 215

Leg 5 Dunedin to Auckland 269

Leg 6 San Francisco St. Augustine 285

Leg 7 Lisbon to Paris 347

Epilogue 377

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