The Man Who Cycled The World

Author: Mark Beaumont

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409082040

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 576

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The inspiring story of one young man's record-breaking solo cycle journey around the world On 15 February 2008, Mark Beaumont pedalled through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. 194 days and 17 hours previously, he had begun his attempt to circumnavigate the world in record time. Mark smashed the Guinness World Record by an astonishing 81 days. He had travelled more than 18,000 miles on his own through some of the harshest conditions one man and his bicycle can endure, camping wild at night and suffering from constant ailments. The Man Who Cycled the World is the story not just of that amazing achievement, but of the events that turned Mark Beaumont into the man he is today. From the early years of his free-spirited childhood in the Scottish countryside to present day, he has been equally determined not to settle for an average existence, but to break free and follow his dreams. Mark Beaumont grew up in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands. When he was twelve, 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, and having also qualified as a professional ski instructor, he decided against a conventional career and devoted himself full-time to raising money for his endurance adventures. Visit his website at

The Man Who Cycled the Americas

Author: Mark Beaumont

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 055216397X

Category: Bicycle touring

Page: 351

View: 7143

In 2008, Mark Beaumont smashed the world record for cycling around the world, by an astonishing 81 days. This title tells the story of a 15,000 mile expedition that once again broke the barriers of human achievement. It offers a trip through the diverse cultures of the Americas.

The Man Who Cycled the Americas

Author: Mark Beaumont

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409045080

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

View: 7085

In 2008, Mark Beaumont smashed the world record for cycling around the world, by an astonishing 81 days. His race against the clock took him through the toughest terrain and the most demanding of conditions. In 2009, Mark set out on his second ultra-endurance challenge. And this one would involve some very big mountains. The Man Who Cycled the Americas tells the story of a 15,000 mile expedition that once again broke the barriers of human achievement. To pedal the longest mountain range on the planet, solo and unsupported, presented its own unique difficulties. But no man had ever previously summited the continents' two highest peaks, Mt McKinley in Alaska and Aconcagua in Argentina, in the same climbing season, let alone cycling between them. Oh, and Mark had never even been up Ben Nevis before. Full of his trademark charm, warmth and fascination with seeing the world at the pace of a bicycle, Mark Beaumont's second book is a testament to his love of adventure, his joy of taking on tough mental and physical feats, and offers a thrilling trip through the diverse cultures of the Americas.

The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love

Author: Per J Andersson

Publisher: ONEWorld Publications

ISBN: 9781786072085

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 7400

Pradyumna Kumar, aka PK, was born into a poor, untouchable family in a small village in eastern India. Throughout his childhood he kept a palm leaf bearing an astrologer's prophecy: 'You will marry a girl who is not from the village, not even from the country; she will be musical, own a jungle and be born under the sign of the ox'. Incredibly, it was a prophecy that would come true, but only after the most remarkable journey that would take PK, armed with only a handful of paintbrushes and a second-hand bicycle, from the jungles of eastern India to the forests of Sweden. Part reportage, part travel narrative and part memoir, The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love is the extraordinary, life-affirming true story that has captured imaginations around the world.

Going Places

Author: Robert Burgin

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598849727

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 606

View: 7184

Just as savvy travelers make use of guidebooks to help navigate the hundreds of countries around the globe, smart librarians need a guidebook that makes sense of the world of travel narratives. The book examines the subgenres of the travel narrative genre, categorizing and describing approximately 600 titles according to broad reading interests, and identifying hundreds of other fiction and nonfiction titles as read-alikes and related reads by shared key topics. This is an ideal guide for readers' advisors as well a book general readers will enjoy browsing.

Around the World in 80 Days

Author: Mark Beaumont

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 147355943X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 416

View: 4983

The inspiring story of one man's record-breaking cycle around the world. On Monday 18th September 2017, Mark Beaumont pedalled through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes earlier he set off from the same point, beginning his attempt to circumnavigate the world in record time. Covering more than 18,000 miles and cycling through some of the harshest conditions one man and his bicycle can endure, Mark made history. He smashed two Guinness World Records and beat the previous record by an astonishing 45 days. Around the World in 80 Days is the story of Mark's amazing achievement - one which redefines the limits of human endurance. It is also an insight into the mind of an elite athlete and the physical limits of the human body, as well as a kaleidoscopic tour of the world from a very unique perspective; inspired by Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Mark begins his journey in Paris and cycles through Europe, Russia, Mongolia and China. He then crosses Australia, rides up through New Zealand and across North America before the final 'sprint finish' thorough Portugal, Spain and France, all at over 200 miles a day. This is the story of a quite remarkable adventure, by a quite remarkable man.

Asia -Me & My Girl

Author: Shaun Donovan

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496991869

Category: Travel

Page: 474

View: 7247

After living apart for over 18 years, Shaun Donovan and his teenage daughter, Hayley, decide to make-up for lost time, by embarking on a 60,000km voyage of discovery: a journey that would inevitably take them half-way around the world. Asia Me & My Girl tells the amazing true story of the first half of their incredible adventure, as they travel 20,000km overland from their hometown of Cardiff, in South Wales, to the Far Eastern shores of Singapore. Read all about their unforgettable six-day crossing of Siberia, before traversing the infamous Gobi Desert in Mongolia and how they are kidnapped and virtually held to ransom by a bogus taxi-driver and his compatriots in Beijing, China. Shaun also tells the unbelievable stories of how he and his daughter had a magnificent day in Xian, visiting the Terracotta Warriors -before meeting the farmer who had actually discovered them and how the pair of them had their photo taken with the one and only living survivor of the notorious S21 Prison Camp from the Killing Fields of Cambodia. In Thailand all hell breaks loose as our intrepid explorers spend their days bottle-feeding leopard cubs, walking with tigers and swimming with elephants, before climbing the 7-tiers of the Erawan Waterfall, crossing the Bridge over the River Kwai, riding the Thailand to Burma Death Railway -and walking the length of Hellfire Pass. To round-off their ten-week Voyage of Discovery our dynamic duo pay a visit to the phenomenal PETRONAS Towers in Malaysia -and in Singapore they come face-to-face with the Lords of the Jungle, as they embark on their first ever night-time safari.

String Fellows

Author: Colin Bateman

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1848764847

Category: Bicycle touring

Page: 321

View: 1426

Colin Bateman, the cricket correspondent for the Daily Express, has written this hilarious account of what happens when he and a disparate group of friends (aged 19-71) set off for a 1100 mile charity bike ride around all 18 of the cricket counties of England and Wales. They had no idea what perils lay in wait around the next bend. And neither did the guest riders who joined them for a day here and there, and included former England cricketers Angus Fraser and Steve James, both of whom have contributions to make to this tale of two wheels.String Fellows reveals the tensions that build up when six good friends are taken out of their comfort zone for 16 days of pain and pleasure in the saddle. The story takes us around the by-ways of Britain, exploring its curious folk and folklore. It tells very personal tales of each county cricket club and what exactly makes Britain ‘grate’ when viewed from the saddle on another back-breaking climb into a cruel head-wind. You do not have to like cycling to cricket to enjoy this humorous tale but by the end of it you probably will.

The Man Who Ended the World

Author: Jason Gurley

Publisher: Jason Gurley


Category: Fiction

Page: 270

View: 583

When Steven Glass's third grade teacher asked his class what they wanted to be when they grew up, Steven's classmates shouted the usual answers: "A fireman!" "A teacher!" "The President!" When his turn came, Steven said, "When I grow up I'm going to be the last man on Earth." Warning signs don't come much clearer than that.

Africa Solo

Author: Mark Beaumont

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473526957

Category: Travel

Page: 384

View: 1426

SHORTLISTED FOR ADVENTURE TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR In the spring of 2015, Mark Beaumont set out from the bustling heart of Cairo on his latest world record attempt - solo, the length of Africa, intending to ride to Cape Town in under 50 days. Seven years since he smashed the world record for cycling round the world, this would be his toughest trip yet. And he would set a new mark that would simply break the limits of endurance. Despite illness, mechanical faults, attempted robbery and stone-throwing children, as well as dehydration in the deserts and unprecedented levels of exhaustion, Mark completed the journey in just 41 days, 10 hours and 22 minutes, after cycling 6,762 miles, spending 439 hours in the saddle (sometimes up to 16 hours a day) and climbing 190,355 feet through 8 countries. It was an astonishing journey, and one that will fascinate and grip the reader. From the obvious dangers of Egypt, Sudan and Kenya, over the unpaved, muddy, mountainous roads of Ethiopia, through the beautiful grasslands of Tanzania and Zambia, to riding at night in Botswana in the company of elephants and giraffes, Mark brings Africa to life in all its complex glory, friendship and curiosity, while inspiring us all to question the bounds of what is possible.