ABOUT THE TEAM
SIMPLY THE BEST.
For his World Record attempt Mark has put together a highly skilled ‘on the road’ and ‘base camp’ support team.
- Base Camp – managed by his mother Una, who has worked with Mark on all of his expeditions and has sorted many tricky situations in far flung corners of the World.
- Team leaders – Mike Griffiths, David Scott and Tony Humphreys, who will be in charge of the ‘on-the-road team.
- Performance Manager – Laura Penhaul, responsible for Mark’s wellbeing
- Mechanics – keeping the KOGA bike in perfect racing condition
- Navigator/logistics manager – to keep the race on course and on time
- Film makers/photographers – sharing the entire journey online and for a documentary
"WITH THE RIGHT TEAM AND THE RIGHT LOGISTICS – I REALLY BELIEVE WE CAN GET AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. MY SUPPORT TEAM ALL HAVE INCREDIBLE STORIES TO SHARE AND HAVE BEEN CHOSEN NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THEIR SKILLSETS, BUT ALSO THEIR TENACITY, RESILIENCE AND DEPTH OF EXPERIENCE.”
Una Beaumont - aka the base camp, aka the boss, aka Mum
After decades of running the farm and working with horses as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist, Una has spent the last ten years working alongside Mark on his many expeditions and business ventures. Ever since he cycled across Scotland at the age of 12, Una has supported, so built a wealth of experience and in recent years runs the family business, whilst Mark focuses on a busy training, events and media schedule. When time allows, you’ll find Una in the Scottish mountains or beaches.
Laura Penhaul - Performance Manager - All Stages
Laura Penhaul was the Team Leader of the Coxless Crew, who set 2 World Records in January 2016 being the first all female and first ever 4’s crew to row 9,000nm, unsupported, across the South Pacific. Laura’s day job has been Lead Physiotherapist for the Paralympic Programme of British Athletics for the past 4 years. She was with Athletics at Rio Paralympic Games and was previously a Physiotherapist at London 2012 and Lead for the Para Alpine ski team in Vancouver 2010. She is now Director of Adaptive Performance, where they provide Performance Management support, to optimise people's abilities and build performance potential. Mark had provided sound experienced advice to Laura in her expedition preparations and now Laura is returning the favour in being Mark’s Performance Manager. Laura co-ordinates the delivery of science input from additional experts in Mark’s preparations, whilst her focus on the road will be to monitor his wellbeing and ensure he is performing at his best.
Mike Griffiths - Expedition Logistics Manager and Team Leader Stages 3 and 4
Mike is a British Army veteran who served for over 26 years in operations around the world including the Balkan states, the Falkland Islands and extensively in Afghanistan. His work was formally recognised when he was included in the 2014 New Year’s Honours. In 2016, Mike formed Leadership Challenges, an organisation that uses team-based adventure to deliver life-changing experiences to individuals from all walks of life. Over the last two years, Mike has guided teams to success in the Race Across America (RAAM), one of the world’s toughest endurance cycling events. Mike has taken a wealth of research about the Artemis World Cycle and created the logistics block program, team selection and secured many of the suppliers.
Alex Glasgow - Head Mechanic and Mechanic/Driver/Navigator Stages 1 and 4
In his early 20’s Alex spent two and a half years cycle touring, solo and unsupported, around Africa and went on to complete long remote tours through the Himalayas and the Andes. With cycling a constant passion through his life in the Highlands of Scotland, Alex is amongst the most experienced mountain bike guides in the country, and has also guided trips on the Continent and in the Himalayas. He is a three times British Mountain Bike Champion, and a winner of the Celtman extreme triathlon. Alex planned and joined Mark for a one day off-road Coast to Coast across Scotland, “a very tough day on the bike”, and has been involved with a number of other expeditions and events with Mark over recent years. Alex is excited to be joining the team for the first stage across Asia, and for the final leg over the Pyrenees back to Paris.
David Scott - Team Leader - Stage 1
David is a veteran of over 50 International expeditions with the bulk of these having been in Mongolia, southern Africa and Indonesia. Formerly a competitive multiday desert racer he has completed the Marathon des Sables, a 300 mile/10 day run across the Great Victoria Desert and a 160 mile mapping trek across the remote Gobi Desert. Now he spends his time supporting others as they seek to push themselves across remote areas and recently organised the first ever run across the entire length of the uninhabited Namib Desert. David is the Honorary Consul of Mongolia for Scotland and a recipient of the Mongolian Olympic Committe Gold Star Medal and the Mongolian Ministry of Sport and Tourism Medal. His role will be to facilitate Mark and the team across Russia, through Mongolia and into China, a task he relishes.
Tony Humphreys - Team Leader - Stage 2
For the past 20 years Tony has been involved with organising sailing and ocean rowing events as well as providing support to many small craft ocean expeditions. His latest venture involves developing a prototype kiteboat for a new ocean race series. When Tony isn’t messing about with boats he enjoys cycling the hills of Dartmoor, surfing at his local West-country beaches and the occasional early morning run.
Claire Guthrie - Physiotherapist - Stage 2
Claire is a chartered physiotherapist who works in a large sports injuries clinic assisting athletes to perform at their optimum. As a triathlete and endeavouring road racer, she has an excellent understanding of the impact of training on the body and the importance of recovery in order to continue to perform (and an ability to talk about bikes for days). Claire has worked as tour physiotherapist for the Tour de Force multi-day cycling event over the past 4 years. This has enabled her to develop enhanced skills in looking after cyclists attempting to cover long distances day-in, day-out for a prolonged period.
Tim Spiteri - Driver/Navigator/Fixer - Stage 2
Tim is from Melbourne, Australia. He is a keen adventurer whose recent achievements include three ocean rows. The Atlantic Ocean (2013) and the Indian Ocean (2014) where he attained two World Records. In 2015 he cycled solo 10,000km unsupported through the Australian desert and around the coastline. In 2016 Tim skippered a crew across the Pacific ocean. When not doing his adventures Tim is a uniform policeman and has been in that role for over 16 years. He is also completing a Masters in disaster and emergency management.
Fleur Royds - Driver/Navigator/Camp Maker - Stage 2
Fleur Royds was born and raised in NZ but now calls Australia home. Fleur travels at every chance, exploring the world and her own beautiful backyard by biking, hiking, camping and road trips anywhere off the beaten track. She hopes that this combined with her experience as a Police Officer will stand her in good stead to support Mark through stage two's long straight roads, lack of sleep and any other challenges.
Ry McGrath - Mechanic/Driver - Stage 2
Ry has working as a bike mechanic since he was 14, in various shops around the world as well as with professional teams. Ventured into the world of outdoor sports for a while, climbing, kayaking, caving and mountaineering but cycling has remained his main focus. He has been an avid racer in the UK over the years racing MTB, road, XC and recently finished two successful race seasons in Australia. Before moving to OZ Ry raced and finished in the transcontinental race across Europe and toured many other places. Always hunting for an adventure!
Jo Craig - Logistics Assistant/Driver/Camp Maker - Stages 3 and 4
A veteran Royal Navy communicator, Jo has travelled extensively and lived in various countries including Germany, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands and the USA. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, Jo has been involved most recently with organising logistics and support for Race Across America (RAAM). She will be joining the crew in USA and Canada. Jo's favourite things are reading Terry Pratchett books, snowboarding and chickens, although not at the same time.
Nick Charlton - Mechanic/Driver/Navigator - Stage 3
As a boy it soon became obvious to Nick that two wheels meant freedom and the ability to explore, usually with a fishing rod around the South Downs. He trained with the Ministry of Defence as a Professional Engineer going on to work for the MOD. Approaching 30 and feeling a bit too staid Nick set off with a buddy to round the world by motorbike. Nearly four years later and not really any wiser he returned to Guildford and finding a bicycle in the hedge decided on a new career. RCS Cycles was born and served the students of Guildford refurbishing cycles, then continued in Freemantle and for the last 13 years at Taynuilt on Scotland's west coast as the Rusty Cycle Shed. In that time Nick helped form North Argyll Cycle Club and has been the Chairman for over ten years. Bringing time trials, road racing alongside cross country and cross events to an area where cycling has been seen as akin to insanity. Never a very serious athlete but strong enough to hold his own he has got some respectable results in Time Trials, endurance mountain biking, hill running and triathlon (if only he could swim). Nick and artist and polymath Claire, Flash the Dog, Buet the cat and a couple of chickens garden, grow food and take to the hills. Work, play or life. It's just for fun.
John Swanepoel - Media Team - All Stages
John Swanepoel is a “jack of all trades” with skills ranging from motion graphics and directing to editing and photography. With over 22 years of experience in the filmmaking business, his passion for filmmaking and drive to deliver against all odds makes Johnny an asset to any collaboration. In his free time, John loves spending quality time with his wife and kids and enjoys the occasional spot of surfing along Cape Town’s beautiful West Coast.
Helmut Scherz - Media Team - All Stages
Helmut “MacGyver” Scherz was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he spent most of his childhood years. Helmut relocated to Berlin at a young age where he completed his education in media design. After trotting the globe and completing his military service for the German Army Mountain Division, he ran his own company, then returned to South Africa as a freelance filmmaker working on high end TV productions. Helmut is also a skilled drone operator as well as an avid mountaineer and adventurer.
Trent Key - Media Team (based in South Africa)
Trent Key joined the Moonsport team at the beginning of 2017 and currently serves as the company’s managing director. Moonsport Productions Pty Ltd is a division of Moonlighting Commercials, a leading South African production company with 27 years’ experience in filmmaking, averaging 25 international TV commercials per season and long form feature projects such as Homeland, Invicutus, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Jungle Book. Trent’s vast knowledge and experience in the broadcast and production arena’s combined with his passion for endurance sports is what motivated him to join the Artemis World Cycle.
Dr Lesley Ingram - Coach and Sports Physiologist (based in Scotland)
Lesley is an exercise physiologist at Edinburgh Napier University. Her research interests surround the immune system and how it responds to endurance exercise, with a particular focus on sleep & recovery. Past sport science support work has included the Scottish downhill and cross country squads, as well as number of elite ultra & middle-distance runners and track cyclists. Formerly Lesley competed in world cup cross country events, however nowadays she enjoys a more leisurely pace out on the trails.
Ruth McKean - Nutritionist (based in Scotland)
Ruth’s work as a Sports Dietitian has helped athletes prepare for World Championships, Commonwealth & Olympic Games. In the last 16 years she have worked with a world champion, world medallist & Olympic & Para Olympic medallists. Ruth has spent the last 8 years working as a Performance Nutritionist with Sportscotland Institute of sport & continues to work as the ASICS Pro Team Dietitian. She is a former Scottish cross country runner & Scottish National 5,000m track champion and gained further podium finishes in senior Scottish Nationals Championships for Cross County mountain biking & Duathlon. Ruth has supported Mark with nutritional advice since his World cycle in 2007.