Around Britain: Video Highlights

Mark Beaumont completed his 3,300-mile training ride Around Britain in just 14.5 days - but had to deal with a few unforeseen challenges along the way.

So while busy preparing for his Record Breaking attempt to cycle Around the World in 80 days, Mark and his team will be analysing his recent journey to see what lessons can be learnt.

Here are some video highlights (and lowlights) from Around Britain

Testing Times

Before setting off, Mark explained the reasoning behind the Around Britain cycle in this introductory video. More than just a warm up, this was a test.

  • A test of the theory behind cycling around the world in 80 days.
  • “To figure out if I can hold this brutal pace,” 240 miles a day, riding 16 hours a day.
  • A test for the team and their logistics
  • A test for the support vehicles and equipment.

Day 1: A Sickly Start

Mark’s 3,300 mile adventure Around Britain got off to a bit of a sickly start – some dodgy nutrition made him very ill just before he set off at 4 in the first morning. Ever the focused endurance athlete, he brushed it off and pedalled through it!

Day 1: 244 Miles Done

Mark’s first day on the bike ended far better than it started, with him declaring “…it’s been amazing today and I feel good” while refuelling before a short 5 hour sleep!

Day 2: Chasing Shadows

Devon and Cornwall hold some of the most unrelenting hills in Britain, as Mark noted “it’s going to be a tough old day 2” in a video from the saddle. That said, he was buoyed by so much support, both from fellow cyclists and online and even planned on doing radio interviews, all while on the bike!

Nutrition 101

Laura Penhaul, Mark’s Performance Manager, spoke about how the support team are keeping Mark fuelled with about 8000kcal a day, which means that Mark has to eat every 60 minutes ideally, and often whilst on the move.

The challenges behind reaching the dream

As the days rolled on and Mark pedals northwards, we heard from Mike Griffiths, the Logistics Manager behind the project. Mike spoke of the testing nature of the Around Britain route and the systems and mapping behind the scenes.

Day 10: Reaching the top of Scotland

A “battered” Mark cycled through the pain barrier despite “everything down to my finger nails hurting”. Psyching himself up to get back on the bike, he reached the “utterly beautiful” top of Scotland, Durness, by the end of the day.

DAY 11: Pushing the physical limits

Mark ended day 11 declaring it “a weird day”, complaining of aches in his legs and knees and fluid build-up in his hands. Sleep deprivation started to take its toll after just 7.5 hours sleep in 2 nights as Mark “tested where the limit is”.

DAY 11: Where’s Mark?

Day 11 also saw the first technical hitch of the tour. An uncharged battery saw Mark’s tracker fail, meaning Mark was off the radar.

Safety first!

Laura Penhaul had to intervene when Mark got too cold and wet, so before carrying on he has to warm him up with food and extra layers. Of course, this didn’t stop Mark!

Just keep pedalling, despite the threat of injury

Further pains followed - an irritated fat pad under his kneecap and tightening quad muscles, alongside blood flow issues to his hand. Mark’s body was complaining.

With 24 hours to go, Mark was optimistic about his chances of cycling around the world in 80 days, declaring that “my body’s held up really well, but it’s the mental game, making sure it’s sustainable and trying not to get too worried [by the risk of injury]”

Day 14: SUCCESS!

“That’s the training done!”… Mark exclaimed as he celebrated “what’s been an absolute mission”.  Years in the planning, Mark’s preparation for cycling Around the World in 80 days was complete.

Next stop, Paris on July 2nd for the biggest test of his life.