British ultra-endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont completed his epic round-the-world journey earlier this week, and was greeted on the finish line at Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France by Guinness World Records adjudicator Anna Orford, along with family members, friends and the media. Anna presented Mark with his official certificate, announcing to the crowd that the cyclist had broken the record for the fastest circumnavigation by bicycle (male) by an incredible 43 days. Finishing the trip in just 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes, Mark became the first person to ever to officially circumnavigate in less than 80 days. Dubbed the 'Artemis World Cycle', Mark's journey saw him travel 18,000 miles, across 16 different countries.
During his first 29 days, Mark broke a record for the farthest distance cycled in one month: 11,315.29 km. The long-distance athlete set off in Paris on July 2, before cycling through Europe, Russia and China - the first stage of his journey - and then moving on to reach Western Australia on July 31.
Mark said, "This was a fantastic milestone to achieve during the challenge of getting around the world in eighty days. I hope it is used as a marker for other cyclists to go and smash in the near future. The physical and mental stamina required for each day was a challenge in itself, but I had an amazing support team around me."
The determined athlete powered on, adventuring through countries where weather conditions were unpredictable and potentially dangerous. He endured sub-zero temperatures during winter in Australia and New Zealand, and risked being caught up in secondary storms of Hurricane Irma as he travelled through the United States.
The previous record was held by Andrew Nicholson from New Zealand, who achieved a time of 123 days and 43 minutes. His journey started and ended at Auckland International Airport, New Zealand, on December 13, 2015. The fastest circumnavigation by bicycle (female) title is held by Italy's Paola Gianotti, who cycled around the world in 144 days in 2014, covering a distance of 29,595 km.