Contrary to media reports at the time, cycling adventurer Mark Beaumont has completed his 6762 mile ride from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town in 41 days, 10 hours and 22 minutes. The media reported that the ride took him 42 days because he forgot that Cairo is an hour ahead of Cape Town so he had crossed a time zone!
The epic ride smashed the previous record for the ride of 59 days. According to Beaumont, “I was never really racing anyone out there, just racing myself and pushing myself as hard as possible.”
The exact time has to be verified by Guinness World Record, but Beaumont attributes the accidentally added day due to being exhausted from the ride down there. He said of the under counting, “I was too tired and busy after the finish to double check the time – 42 days seemed correct because I was on my 42nd day of riding.”
Spending 439 hours in the saddle over the 41 days, he crossed 8 countries from the north to the south of Africa, and narrowly avoided being mugged on at least one occasion. He was given a ‘blue light welcome’ by South African police, who escorted the adventurer to the finish line on Saturday. Speaking of how he felt the day after arriving in Cape Town, Beaumont wrote on his Facebook page, “very odd not to be riding my bike today. Feeling pretty sore, but absolutely fine this morning after a big sleep and bigger breakfast!”
This isn’t the first major feat by the cyclist, who broke the world record of cycling 18,000 miles around the globe on a bike in 195 days, in 2008. This record has since been broken and stands at 106 days and 10 hours.
He did the ride to raise £30,000 for the humanitarian design charity Orkidstudio, which designs and builds buildings to benefit children in developing countries. Beaumont is a Patron. Beaumont said of the project after his epic ride, “I’m doubly pleased to have raised money for Orkidstudio, and having seen so many of the regions and communities it supports, it’s clear that they do invaluable work to help people throughout Africa.”
Riders like Beaumont inspire adventure and have helped put cycling on the map as a means of seeing the world. It isn’t clear what his plans for a next expedition are just yet, but expect to hear something spectacular in the coming months.