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4 Mar 2010

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.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552158445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552158442
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,294 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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"The narrative is infused with human drama to keep the pages turning... impressive" (Clover Stroud Sunday Telegraph)

"In 2008 Mark Beaumont completed the fastest ever circumnavigation of the world by bicycle, covering 18,296 miles in 194 days 17 hours and beating the previous record by 81 days. Here Beaumont describes that astonishing journey and how he became one of modern cycling's genuine heroes" (London Review of Books)

"Readers will remember Mark Beaumont's staggering achievement of racing around the world in 2008. This is Mark's personal story of his marathon. I have scanned it once and read it twice thoroughly yet I'm not sure I've got all there is to be had from it. The journey was epic and it took a hero's mindset to contemplate the project, never mind actually carry it out. He includes laconic entries from his diary which really bring home how hard things were on the road. These often terse statements come across as very immediate and give the reader a very clear insight into how he was feeling. You'll have to buy the book to find out more... and by buying it you help keep a modern hero awheel!" (Gerry Frisby Cycling World)

"If you think cycling on British roads is perilous, spare a thought for Mark Beaumont, the man who pedalled around the world in a record 194 days and 17 hours. His epic trek saw him battle hostile terrain in Turkey and Pakistan, endure fierce weather in Australia and get back in the saddle after a crash in America" (Daily Express)

"There is much that is remarkable about Mark Beaumont and he has produced a well-written and highly readable account of his endeavour. What he does is something close to a blow-by-blow account of the enormous resolve and determination that were necessary to undertake the journey... Unusually for round-the-world accounts it picks up towards the end, rather than tailing off. Chasing a record at times seems like an odd reason for travellling so far - but by the end, I was willing him through the final few days" (

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The inspiring story of one young man's record-breaking solo cycle journey around the world

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a cyclists view point 30 Dec 2011
I received this book as a Christmas present. Its now 30th December and I have finished it having hardly put it down and largely ignored other Christmas related events.
I am a long distance cyclist myself, although not in Mark Beaumont's league or anywhere near it, but I can relate to the chalenges and problems he met in his epic journey.
There was the desire to cover a huge distance each day, resisting the temptation of spending time exploring beautiful and interesting places en route. I can tell you that a 100 miles day after day on a bike takes a hell of a lot of effort.
There was also the fear of mechanical break-down, which can be a major problem when stranded miles from anywhere. I liked his account of these problems and how they were overcome, because I have been there myself. Mark had also to cope down with problems with his engine - his body, under the strain of propelling his bike against the wind, rain, cold and many many hills.
I can also relate to the daily search for somewhere to sleep and the fear of not finding it.
I think this book will appeal very much to touring cyclists.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and eye opening 1 Nov 2010
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I've just finished this book and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Not being a cyclist but having a keen interest to do a cycle trip I found this book an eye opener in terms of some of Mark's experiences. They're experiences you would never encounter travelling by any other means and they're also experiences I've never imagined or even passed my mind.

Having read a similar style book about a runner, I found Mark's book to be far more intersting. It's far too easy for these types of books to become a montonous read - about a guy who gets up and cycles or runs everyday. I particularly liked reading about his emotions and feelings and more so, his lack of planning in certain stages. It's given me great insight into what's involved in such a trip and I find anyone who can do any such activity wholly inspiring.
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70 of 78 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Endurance cycling for the endurance reader 1 Aug 2009
Before I write this review I think I should clarify that I think Mark's achievement riding round the world in under 200 days was absolutely amazing. For that I am in awe and can't praise him enough. And I suppose doing the blog throughout the trip, making the TV programme and writing a book are all par for the course. However, there is a slight problem. When you are racing around the world you are sat on a bike almost all day every day. So in fact nothing much of interest happens. You don't see anything of the places you pass through, and you meet precious few colourful characters for insufficient time for you to find anything out about them. There are no romantic entanglements to make you question whether you should stop somewhere forever and not go home. Moreover, because the book tells us that he achieved the world record on the back cover the potential tension about whether he will make it or not (which works in a real time blog) is completely absent in the book. In fact this is basically groundhog day on two wheels. He gets up, bikes all day for about 100 miles. Eats in a café somewhere and then pitches his tent and falls asleep. Next day same thing. Next day same thing with saddle sores. Next day same thing but sleeps in motel. In fact when he finally got knocked off I felt happy because something had actually happened, instead of feeling empathy for his predicament, worried about what he would do next and anxious he might not make it in time to beat the record. This book could have been half the size and I would have raved about it. If you want to read something more interesting about a big long bike trip, without feeling you are on some sort of endurance feat yourself, I would suggest you try `Why don't you fly' by Chris Smith, or `Thunder and Sunshine' by Alastair Humphreys.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning. 12 Aug 2010
This book is stunning. To recall the myriad events on the road so accurately and then put them into words, which were completely absorbing, takes some doing. Baring in mind the guy was over six months on the road and utterly exhausted and focused on pushing pedals.
This is the best book I have ever read. And I have read a lot of books.
I find it hard to believe other reviewers weren't impressed.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A tough read 2 Sep 2009
Lots of other reviewers enjoyed this book, giving it 4 or 5 stars. While the book is well written, I must warn you it is very monotonous. This is not suprising given that other than the occasional visit from a physio or the BBC making a documentary, the author undertook the journey alone. In the first couple of chapters we get an idea of the routine involved, cycle, try to find food to refuel, find a place to sleep at night. The problem is that this is repeated throughout the book, over and over and over. Nothing terribly exciting really happens. I did'nt finish the book in the end, the repetition becoming to much for me half way through. One for the serious cycling enthusiast only.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it a lot!! 27 Sep 2010
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I was reading this from the point of view of someone interested in cycling and a month after finishing my own mini challenge in the form of Lands End to John O'Groats... some of the other reviewers are right... you're not going to get lengthy descriptions of local customs, architecture and in depth accounts of romance on the way. What you do get is a great insight into the aspiration, state of mind and experiences of someone on a unique adventure that required guts and determination - in these days of package holidays and if you're not careful, packaged life, I found it inspiring stuff !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Cycled the World
I know nothing of cycling, having not been on a bike since childhood, but couldn't put this book down. Mark Beaumont writes in such a manner as to take you with him. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lesley blount
4.0 out of 5 stars Reason for purchase
I bought this as a present as I had already read and enjoyed it. Not brilliantly written but a fascinating tale of determination and endurance.
Published 4 months ago by Margaret Baccala
4.0 out of 5 stars FINE, IT'S A BOOK
I bought this as a gift so I haven't read it. I think the recipient enjoyed it. I understand Mark Beaumont has written this well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rockshock Sid
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic book
a great book for anyone interested in grit and shear dogged determinastion to succed . I really enjoyed this book
Published 4 months ago by Bert
2.0 out of 5 stars Epic journey, dull book
First, let me say that I admire Mark's feat of cycling 18,000 miles in record breaking time. That said, his cycling achievement doesn't make for an interesting or inspiring book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Graeme Hopson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Cycled The World
a must read story for all cycle and cycle heros readers an item for ones collection not to be missed
Published 9 months ago by Mr. I. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, true events
I was given a hard copy of Mark Beaumont's book for my birthday. I had my nose in the book till the first 4 chapters had been read. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible achievement
Gives a true picture of adventure and the hardships and problems encountered, also gives insight into different cultures experienced on the trip.
Published 9 months ago by Mark Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put the book down.
I saw the BBC Documentary about Mark cycling the Americas and I thought I would get this book as did not see the BBC program. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dan
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been more
Huge respect for Mark's achievement - its truly phenomenal - but while we get to learn much about the way he felt along the way we see little of the places he travelled through -... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Richard Pink
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