Africa Solo: My World Record Race from Cairo to Cape Town by Mark BeaumontSHORTLISTED FOR ADVENTURE TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR
In the spring of 2015, Mark Beaumont set out from the bustling heart of Cairo on his latest world record attempt - solo, the length of Africa, intending to ride to Cape Town in under 50 days. Seven years since he smashed the world record for cycling round the world, this would be his toughest trip yet. And he would set a new mark that would simply break the limits of endurance.
Despite illness, mechanical faults, attempted robbery and stone-throwing children, as well as dehydration in the deserts and unprecedented levels of exhaustion, Mark completed the journey in just 41 days, 10 hours and 22 minutes, after cycling 6,762 miles, spending 439 hours in the saddle (sometimes up to 16 hours a day) and climbing 190,355 feet through 8 countries. It was an astonishing journey, and one that will fascinate and grip the reader.
From the obvious dangers of Egypt, Sudan and Kenya, over the unpaved, muddy, mountainous roads of Ethiopia, through the beautiful grasslands of Tanzania and Zambia, to riding at night in Botswana in the company of elephants and giraffes, Mark brings Africa to life in all its complex glory, friendship and curiosity, while inspiring us all to question the bounds of what is possible.
Mark Beaumont smashes Cairo to Cape Town record
Round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont will attempt to break the Cairo to Cape Town cycling record, a distance of 10,km, when he sets off today. The record is currently 59 days, but Beaumont aims to reduce the record to just 50 days. A quick talk through the Africa Solo bike Posted by Mark Beaumont on Thursday, 9 April Before he hits the road, Mark has posted this video walking us through the main details of his bike.
Mark Beaumont has smashed the record for riding the length of Africa from Cairo to Cape Town by 17 days. The Scottish adventurer, former holder of the Guinness World Record for the quickest circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle, took 42 days to complete the 6,mile journey. Beaumont averaged miles a day for the ride from Egypt to South Africa, travelling through six other countries en route — Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana. On the way, he had to contend with a number of problems on his bike as well as illness, and also had to fend off an attempted mugging. His ride was in aid of the humanitarian architecture and construction charity Orkidstudio, and he got to see some of its projects on his way through Africa.
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This Way Up - Cape to Cairo by Motorcycle
Jump to content. But nothing goes according to plan in Africa. So with the bikes having to be built in a car park and, along with an Egyptian sandstorm blanketing Cairo, the decision was made to postpone the start by one day. After making good progress on the 1st and 2nd days, the team were forced to take a shorter day 3 — well, relatively shorter at km — as they were not permitted to camp on the side of the road in Egypt. They reached Luxor after cycling from the great pyramids of Giza and down, skirting the Red Sea, then turning back into the desert and braving piping-hot headwinds. No mean feat, to be sure. A am wake-up call and dreadful road surfaces as they exited Egypt set the scene as they pedalled km on through to the Nubian Desert.
Scottish adventurer Mark Beaumont has set a new world record time for cycling from Cairo to Cape Town. Beaumont completed the grueling journey alone on his KOGA Solacio Disc road bike in exactly 41 days, 10 hours and 22 minutes. In those six weeks he cycled 10, km during which time he spent hours in the saddle. Beaumont averaged km per day, and in the last week he even averaged more than km per day! Long distance cycling always presents challenges, but the conditions in Africa are almost unbelievable when taking into account the condition of the roads, the poor availability of food and the many troublesome border crossings. The proceeds of this successful record attempt will be donated to Orkidstudio: an organization dedicated to helping children and communities worldwide through innovative architecture and construction methods.