I am in Ghana, West Africa, which is my 23rd destination since starting this amazing Commonwealth journey on October 9th.
You may now be aware of the small charity Orkidstudio, through my fundraising work with them. They are a brilliant, young and dedicated team of architects and volunteers, who travel the world, creating buildings that become the heart of communities.
The Queen’s Baton Relay – one of the great traditions of the Commonwealth Games – will for the first time be covered by the BBC across its entire journey in all 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.
Two years ago, on July 23rd, I landed in Resolute Bay, in the Canadian Arctic, as part of the team who made history by taking a small boat to the 1996 location of the North Magnetic Pole. It was a difficult journey, navigating fast moving ice fields. Lead by polar adventurer Jock Wishart in a team of six men, I filmed this for a BBC1 documentary ‘Rowing the Arctic.’
The reaction from Andrew Sanders and myself at the top of stage 3 of the Troise Etapes and a short clip of the full tour line up before the start of the days riding.
A brutal but beautiful speed climb up Col du L’Iseran (2770m) in a time of 1 hour and 42 minutes for the Walking with the Wounded Team – a highly credibly 6th position out of 14 teams.
It has been an insanely hot second day of the Trois Etapes. From breakfast until dinner we have been sweating… without even pedaling up 2100 meters vertical by bike!
Prologue: day 1 of the Trois Etapes from Mark Beaumont on Vimeo. It was a very hot first day in the French Alps and what sounded like a harmless 4.8km Time Trial. The original route of 9.6km was halved due to safety concerns – between the 2 Alpine villages of Albiez le Vieux and Albiez le Jeune, home of the famous Opinel knife!
The 2013 edition of the Trois Etapes will see 14 teams compete over four days (26-29 July) over a flat Prologue and three mountain stages whilst raising crucial funds for charities worldwide.
If you have been following my social media, you will have seen my thrill at winning the Great Artemis Kindrochit Quadrathlon recently alongside teammate Bruce Duncan! What an amazing event.
The Queen’s Baton Relay – one of the great traditions...