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  • 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 (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,521 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.

Visit his website at www.markbeaumontonline.com

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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 curiousbookfans.co.uk)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon J on 24 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd Bower on 30 Sept. 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By @tourwinner on 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 By Sarah on 16 Sept. 2012
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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 By Amazon Customer on 27 May 2011
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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 bookshelf...lol.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J-Bear on 14 Feb. 2014
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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. Apart from the 2 mountain climbs which were an interesting insight into mountain climbing on this scale. The rest of the book left me just waiting for the end, I understand the premise of adventure travel but if you find it so difficult, don't do it,
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom Stronach on 28 Nov. 2011
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The Man Who Cycled the AmericasMark Beaumont is, like me, Scottish, there the similarity ends. He is an accomplished 28 year old adventurer and story teller, having cycled from John o' Groats to Lands End in the UK aged just 15. Since then he set a world record for CYCLING around the world in 2008 and then two years later, in 2010, he cycled the length of the Americas, but to make it a more interesting journey he also climbed the two highest peaks on that continent, McKinley in North America (Alaska) and Aconcagua in Argentina, don't you just hate over accomplishers? Especially when, as well as cycling these distances, he is also filming it on TV quality HD cameras, blogging, twittering and commentating, he then writes a book as well, over achievers, the world would be a less interesting p[lace without them...

So, this book, The Man Who Cycled the Americas, what's on the label is what you get inside. But, if you are not used to reading these type of books but more used to reading an adventure novel or crime thriller or love story, please do not be put off by the fact that this is a first-hand narrative recount of a truly massive journey.

Beaumont really does have the easiest writing delivery style and he has produced a book that is easy reading, that at times sways from the dramatic and scary to the funny and the worrying. Not funny for him, but I did laugh at the thought of this wiry Scot trembling at his fear of meeting spiders, but when he describes what has been described to him, what can happen when and if he comes across the `Banana Spider' it is quite funny and then he compounds his fears by checking it out on Wikipedia, Numpty, you feel for him.
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