Mark Beaumont is best known for conquering the world in 2008. In 194 days, he crossed 20 countries and travelled 18, 296 miles, becoming the first person to cycle the circumference of the world.
Now, he is launching Scotland’s first 24 hour cycle challenge, in which competitors will collectively aim to cycle the same 18,296 distance.
Using the 1.3 mile Knockhill Racing Circuit in Fife, Beaumont encourages teams and individual cyclists to participate in conquering this distance once more. The team or individual to tally up the most miles in the challenge will be invited to be amongst the first to cycle the new Sir chris Hoy Velodrome when it opens in Glasgow in the autumn.
The challenge aims to raise money for ENABLE Scotland, a charity that helps people with learning disabilities. ENABLE’s Assistant Director of Funding, Hazel Mcilwraith envisions this as becoming event:
‘This is the ultimate cycling challenge for individual riders and teams’ says Mcilwraith, ‘I think people will see this as their one big challenge of the year and it will attract people from all walks of life’.
Beaumont is excited to bring his personal passion to the event and share his achievement with those who also want to make a difference:
‘This is a completely unique and brilliant challenge – cyclists to become “Le Mans” style circuit racers for 24 hours. I love such imaginative physical and psychological two wheeled challenges! I am certainly excited to be launching one of Scotland’s most extreme cycling challenges, especially as it is raising the profile and essential funds for ENABLE Scotland, a fantastic Scottish charity’
The event will take place on the 5th & 6th October. For more information, visit www.cycletheworld.org.uk. Good luck to all those who participate!