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The ultimate tour?

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by HJ, 15 Feb 2008.

  1. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Mark Beaumont has just arrived back at his starting point in Paris after cycling round the world in 276 days. Is this the ultimate cycle tour?
     
  2. OP
    OP
    HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    "He endured floods and road rage, and was knocked off his bike ... by an elderly motorist who drove through a red light."

    That bit read more like a normal days commuting...
     
  3. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Remarkable but did he see the view?:evil:
     
  4. will

    will Senior Member

    that's pretty amazing. truly!

    But I would never do it, I'll stick to empty, beautiful roads in civilization

    (wimp)
     
  5. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Location:
    Kent
    195 days actually, 276 was the previous record.. Good effort!
     
  6. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    How fast are you going to do it mate? Bet it's got you thinking...
     
  7. Tony

    Tony New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    Met him in Australia. Said he was going to try and break 200 days---fair play!




    An' he's put my pic up on his website.....
     
  8. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    That's pretty special, isn't it!!!
     
  9. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Location:
    Kent
    Well obviously I could do it in 180 odd if I had an aluminium frame, but mine is steel, so I have to keep stopping at cafés and bars etc.... And I have to wait for the woman, she steadfastly refuses to cycle any faster than comfortable dawdle. My ale gut makes aero position impossible, so I'd have to wait for tail winds and I can't read maps, so Guinness would probably disqualify me for taking a short cut or something.
     
  10. Tony

    Tony New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    I think his bike was a Koga Signature, built to measure.
     
  11. P.H

    P.H Über Member

    I think the Signatures are stock frames with finish and components of choice. Bikefix have a thing to play on.
    It's possible his one is unique, though I can't think why they'd have used a chain tensioner on a Rohloff if that were the case.
    But what a ride, I've been folowing it for the last couple of months. I wonder how long that record will stand.
     
  12. nobby

    nobby New Member

    What has it got to do with touring?
     
  13. P.H

    P.H Über Member

    Try a dictionary :biggrin:

     
  14. Tony

    Tony New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    He rode a bike a long way, he had time to stop and talk with people he met, he carried his own gear round the world. I'd call that touring, but at the extreme end.
    And as said, he is a nice guy.
     
  15. nobby

    nobby New Member

    I did that before I posted.