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Mark Beaumont - Around The World In 80 Days

Discussion in 'Time Trial, Long Distance and Endurance' started by ianrauk, 3 Apr 2017.

  1. Reiver

    Reiver Legendary Member

    his web site makes two statements

    From April 4th, Mark aims to cycle 240 miles per day, in 4 four hour stints, completing his cycle around Britain in 14 days.

    The 3,500 miles, 15-day training ride will be at ’80 days’ pace, with Beaumont cycling for 16 hours and 240 miles per day.

    what does all that mean ? 4 hrs riding then 2 hour rests ?
    Last edited: 4 Apr 2017
  2. currystomper

    currystomper Senior Member

    The RAAM record is 7:15:56 for 3,020 miles by
    Christoph Strasser so round the UK in 15days should be doable by super humans (I think it would be a challenge for me on a motor bike)

  3. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Über Member

    East Devon
    To be (implicitly) criticised (not you @srw ) for getting publicity (as part of a sponsorship 'bargain') is harsh, imo, and smacks of an 'it's uncivilised to let people know what amazing feats of mental and physical endurance you plan or have done' attitude.
    Reading more will provide the answer which is:
    "240 miles and riding for 16 hours a day
    "his average day would see him on the bike at 04:00 and riding for four sets of four hours with half-hour breaks in between.
    "I'll get off the bike at 9.30 at night, get some recovery, into bed and the alarm goes off at 3.30 and back on the bike."
  4. It seems what I said went completely over your head.
  5. srw

    srw It's a bit more complicated than that...

    I'm praising him. I wish that all would-be record-breakers paid as much attention to publicity!

    I see that's recognised after an edit.
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  6. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    If you want to make money or even a living out of doing adventure sports, then being your own best publicist is mandatory.
  7. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Über Member

    East Devon
    I recognised that, hence my 'not you srw' (and my post was not edited btw). Apologise if I interpreted @velovoice 's post the wrong way, but I suggest that its bare text would suggest the criticism I inferred, "A model in how to get publicity . . . MB has done some impressive things but that phrase pretty much sums him up."
    I suggest that his feats are pretty amazing and those achievements are who he is (sums him up): the publicity (with @Crackle here) is part and parcel of trying to make a living from it. He has done it really well, but no way can that aspect be said to "sum him up".
  8. MarkF

    MarkF Guru

    The support makes the ride impossible to fire my imagination, I am not decrying the physical input but there are not much "what if's" are they? I love touring books/blogs and MrsF bought two books, Mark Beaumonts was a total bore, Julian Sayers was wonderful.
  9. frank9755

    frank9755 Cyclist

    West London
    Mark Beaumont has been a pioneer for a lot of the long distance stuff that is going on now.

    He dusted the Round the World record off the shelf and, as a young kid straight out of university, got the organisation and sponsorship and backing together to enable him to do it. I agree that that, rather than the cycling, is his talent, but I wouldn't belittle that. Indeed, the same is true in many fields of human endeavour.

    He's now having a go at doing it at over twice the speed he did the first time, and has got the backing in place for it. There are lots of people who could ride round the world at 240 miles per day, but not so many who would want to, and even fewer who would know how to put in all the hard work that Mark must have done to set up his attempt. Good luck to him - the cycling should be the easy part, and the fun part!
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  10. Reiver

    Reiver Legendary Member

    I was highly impressed with his Africa record from a couple of years back, real adventure stuff, as you say it is way beyond just knocking out the miles, a journey into the unknown, really bold stuff.

    and BTW, I was very impressed with your own efforts down under - I would so much love to have the ability to give something like that a go.
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  11. Trickedem

    Trickedem Veteran

    I have been reviewing his rides on Strava. Impressive stuff.
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  12. Reiver

    Reiver Legendary Member

    does strava show what roads he is using ? Just had a look at his 'day 4 video route' and it is showing him using the M4 the M5 which is a bit odd unless there is a cyclepath alongside these roads ?

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnUerCN6y_8
  13. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    His tracker is a bit crap. it doesn't refresh on my browser nor show his route, just draws some point to point lines. I'm rather spoilt by the IPWR one now.
  14. frank9755

    frank9755 Cyclist

    West London
    The thing to watch is his power number and see how well it holds up. He started at over 200W and held that for 3 days, but it went way down on day 4 for some reason. Maybe it was flatter and he just eased off, rather than riding faster. But, whatever, he got it back up to over 200 on day 5. If that is a level he can keep long term, that is good. If it falls down to the level he did on day 4, he may well struggle.

    He's chosen a flat route so road surfaces and wind will be the key challenges
  15. The TCR tracker is even better than the IPWR tracker.

    The tracker that Mark is using on his site is awful. I am surprised he is using it at all, unless there is some logistical reason that he has to use it. maybe it is the only system that will operate in some of the places he will be riding.

    The map on his Round Britain Route is equally as bad. I can se the plots where he intends to be each day. But there is no detail in it at all. In fact I have no idea where his route is. I have messaged him to ask what his route will be through East Yorkshire. The normal route Round Britain riders take ssem to forget that Hornsea and Withernsea are on the coast. They usually cut the corner off from Bridlington and head for Beverley and the Humber Bridge.

    But Mark appears to be sticking quite close to the coast on this ride.

    His web site is not as user friendly as his past sites.
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