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Mark Beaumont
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12 May 2011

31,000 miles. 22,840 feet high. 34 countries. 15 months. 2 amazing journeys.

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.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (12 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593066987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593066980
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Beaumont was born on New Year's Day 1983 and grew up in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands, where his parents ran an organic smallholding. When he was twelve, he cycled across Scotland from Dundee to Oban, then a few years later, while still at school, 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 from Sicily to the Alps, 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 cycling adventures.

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"Interesting, engaging and truly knackering just reading about it" (London Cyclist)

"One of the highlights of Beaumont's writing is the way he captures the subtle nuances of life... a brilliant read that really captured my imagination" (Mary Bor

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The story of a second epic and record-breaking endurance adventure by the author of the bestselling and award-winning The Man Who Cycled the World.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Simon J
I watched both the BBC documentaries (the man who cycled the world and the man who cycled the Americas) and as well as just being overwhelmed by the depths Mark could dig in order to complete these endurance feats, it made me want to do something with my life. I still haven't decided what yet, but at least I started to think about it!
Mark's books show the strengths humans (or at least Mark) can draw upon to complete endurance feats that most of us can only dream about. Whether it's the physical mountain climbs in Alaska or trying to deal with the over-present police protection in Pakistan or finding the steel to carry on after being hit off the bike and then mugged in America.
As well as being a fascinating read that I literally can't put down (sounds like a cliché, but is appropriate in this case), it's a travelog worthy of Michael Palin (high praise) and a damn good diary.
Do yourself a favour, read this and The Man who cycled the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Beaumont - The man who cycled the Americas 22 Jun 2011
I have had the great pleasure to read both of Mark's books. They are both similar as they give his personal trips of the most amazing kind.
If you are looking for a book that will have you turning the pages as fast as you can then both are great. His second book gives more stories about the folks he meets along the way -- some will make you laugh out loud -- he fails to save his sister as she is forced to dance with a bear of a man -- some will amaze you -- the wonderful accounts of the kindness he finds along the way (warms the heart that there are still great people out there) -- some make you feel as frustrated as he gets -- and some are so full of excellent imagery you can almost feel the snow or the road - or the bears!
His easy going style of writing leaves you with the feeling that you have just been on a journey with one of the nicest men alive.
I read lots - after all I am a teacher of English - usually two to three books a week -- yes I do have a life! Mark's books are the only ones I have read in a long time where I feel saddened when the book is finished - I actually slow down to make them last longer.
I could not recommend his - The man who cycled the World or the Americas - any higher. Brilliant ! Talented athelete and writer with a wonderful outlook on life -- he is the kind of bloke that anyone would want to sit in the pub with and listen to his tales and not feel intimidated -- read his books! Total feel good factor!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!!! 23 May 2011
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Mark's book is a worthy successor to his first, 'The Man Who Cycled the World'. I have read both books over the past year whilst looking for inspiration for completng my 7 day LEJOG this summer.

I found both books to be extremely well written, detailed without 'going on', and clearly recording the journey as it unfolded. Mark's thoughts and feelings are portrayed in a way that allows anyone with some experience of pushing themselves to fully engage with.

I pre-ordered this book a couple of months ago and kind of forgot about it! It arrived on my doormat last week and I had read it in 4 evenings! I really couldn't put it down! I even cut short my 20+ mile bike-commute home to get back into it!

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to enjoy a vivid and truthful account of an awesome journey!

Just get on and read it! Five stars! Full marks (I am a teacher afterall!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I've not finished it yet (he's just leaving Central America) and there's no doubt it's a great effort taking in the 2 continents highest mountains and riding from top to bottom of the Americas, but why is it a read that is a tad disappointing?

Well early on, he says that he wanted the expedition to be more about the people he encountered and less about simply riding fast, which makes it frustrating to see him repeatedly trying to justify any excursions away from bike. These all seem so forced and we don't learn a fantastic amount of the countries he's riding through.

The ride was far from unsupported, a car through Honduras and minders through Guatemala and much of Mexico, constant calls to the support team etc. It would be my idea of hell when cycle touring, being shadowed by a minder in a car. It's an interesting read but if you're wanting to read of unsupported cycle rides there are better books out there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks real purpose 16 Sep 2012
By Sarah
I really enjoyed Mark's first book in which he sets out to break the world record. I was, however disappointed by this book. It did not have any real goal, only one he had made up, so any reference to urgency did not ring true. While in his first book, he achieved a good balance between the small and interesting details of the journey and the overall picture, in this book, one day seems to merge in with another, often with little real interest. Perhaps the journey took too long so he felt he had to be more concise or perhaps it was that there were fewer details of real interest.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 27 May 2011
The first thing that pleased me about the book is that it was the same cover type as Mark's first. I was worried that it might be a hardback and they wouldn't match on my

The second is that it is every bit as inspiring as The Man Who Cycled The World and yet a very different read. The first book was all about the world record, the efforts in achieving it and he often commented at how little time he got to spend experiencing the places he road through, this is very much about the journey, the people and the places, as well as the small matter of what Mark actually achieved himself. There is so much to be gained from reading this book, even if you watched the programmes about it.

I met Mark last year when he did a tour, talking about his two rides, he signed the bike I will be riding to Italy later this year. Whenever I'm struggling up a hill, or into a headwind I look at it, remember what Mark went through on his rides and dig deep. Reading this book inspires me to push that bit further than I think I'm able... I can not recommend it strongly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book well written
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Richard Hunter
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Published 3 months ago by David J Blanchard
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I enjoyed this book. With any adventure, there is invariably some deviation from the original plan and this was no exception. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Avid Cyclist
2.0 out of 5 stars Just not a good writer.
Having read his 1st book which I enjoyed to a point, I thought I'd give this one a read on the premise that it was pitched more as a travelogue. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J-Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing endurance
This book is a great account of Mark's adventures in mountain climbing and cycling through the Americas. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book describing this excellent adventure.
This is the second book I have read of Mark Beaumont's. This is an excellent travel adventure about American culture.
Published 11 months ago by Mark Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars a present
Not purchased for me it was a present for keen cyclist.
He couldn't put down Mark's other book "The Man who cycled around the world" even though he doesn't normally... Read more
Published 11 months ago by kerry (my star rating is....)
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Easy to read, a great diary. Mark gives a super account of his inspiring ride. Makes me want to do more than my weekly 50m ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great follow up
Loved the first adventure.

This just follows nicely with the added bonus of the climbing thrown in.

A relaxed writing style that I really enjoy.
Published 20 months ago by Oneof42
4.0 out of 5 stars Travelogue on a Bike
The Man Who Cycled the Americas is a brilliant travelogue set on a bike and mountains.

Beaumont spends more time with the people

Beaumont spends more time... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Rhys White
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