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"Cycling the World"

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Wolfman, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. Wolfman

    Wolfman Speeding Up

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    I don't know if any of you saw this, but it's rather inspiring.

    A Scottish man became the fastest to cycle around the world yesterday when he arrived in Paris after nearly seven months on the road. Mark Beaumont, 25, completed the trip in 195 days and six hours - beating the current record of 276 days.

    After almost seven months of dodging drivers, sleeping rough and struggling to get enough to eat, Beaumont is expected to enter the Guinness Book of Records, once the feat is verified.

    Carrying 80kg of gear, including a tent, on a £2,500 road bike, Beaumont beat the previous record by 81 days. He said the last two days on the road had been hard, but "about 40km from Paris the adrenaline kicked in and I flew up the last hills


    http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/feb/16/transport.france

    His personal webpage is here.

    http://www.pedallingaround.com/start/

    Makes me slightly keen to do a longer tour than the three-day, which I've only experienced thus far.

    What's your longest touring experience?
     
  2. snoogly

    snoogly Maximum Pace

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    I wanted to buy a similar custom Koga Miyate bike in Japan (or at least have it shipped to me) - but gave up after being unable to find a dealer who would help me order it.

    Not surprising I suppose - as the handover to customer / bike checking is an important part of the deal.

    Shame - as they are lovely bikes.

    ps. Instead I'm having a custom steel MTB frame made by Carl Strong. 4 months into the process now! http://strongframes.com/
     

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