Mark Beaumont fastest to cycle length of Africa

Scottish adventurer Mark Beaumon, who has completed a rare hat-trick by becoming the fastest rider to cycle the 6,750-mile length of Africa. Picture: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/PA
Scottish adventurer Mark Beaumon, who has completed a rare hat-trick by becoming the fastest rider to cycle the 6,750-mile length of Africa. Picture: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/PA
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Record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont has completed a rare hat-trick by becoming the fastest rider to cycle the 6,750-mile length of Africa.

The 32-year-old adventurer completed the trip from Cairo to Cape Town in 42 days, beating the previous record of 59 days and eight hours set earlier this year.

Scottish adventurer Mark Beaumon, who has completed a rare hat-trick by becoming the fastest rider to cycle the 6,750-mile length of Africa. Picture: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/PA

Scottish adventurer Mark Beaumon, who has completed a rare hat-trick by becoming the fastest rider to cycle the 6,750-mile length of Africa. Picture: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/PA

It marks a triple achievement for the Scotsman, who is also the fastest person to cycle around the world and across the Americas.

Beaumont said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have completed the ‘Africa Solo’ challenge in a time which was beyond even my own expectations. It’s been an incredible journey, and I’ll never forget all that I’ve seen and experienced along the way.

“I’m doubly pleased to have raised money for Orkidstudio, and having seen so many of the regions and communities it supports, it’s clear that they do invaluable work to help people throughout Africa. I hope that my journey will inspire people to raise much needed funds for the charity.”

So far the trip has raised £30,000 for Orkidstudio, a Glasgow humanitarian design group which works on construction projects to benefit communities across the world.

Having left Cairo on April 10, Beaumont maintained an average of 150 miles a day through countries including Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana before reaching South Africa.

The Africa trip followed seven months’ training with the Scottish Cycling squad in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

The Perthshire-based cyclist smashed the world record for riding solo around the world seven years ago, cycling 18,000 miles through Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and America in 195 days.