In the spring of 2015, Mark Beaumont set out from the bustling heart of Cairo on his latest world record attempt - solo, the length of Africa, intending to ride to Cape Town in under 50 days. Despite illness, mechanical faults and attempted robbery, Mark completed the journey in just 41 days, 10 hours and 22 minutes, after cycling 6,762 miles.
The Man Who Cycled the World
On 15 February 2008, Mark Beaumont pedalled through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris after circumnavigate the world by bicycle in 194 days and 17 hours. Mark smashed the Guinness World Record by 81 days. He had travelled over 18,000 miles, alone and through some of the harshest conditions one man and his bicycle can endure.
The Man Who Cycled the World is the story not just of that amazing journey, but also of the events from early childhood that turned Mark into the man he is today.
The Man Who Cycled the World has been the best selling cycling book in the UK since 2009. This success may be because it is not mainly about cycling: it’s the personal story of taking on a huge dream and experiences of wild places and interesting cultures around the world.
The Man Who Cycled the Americas
The Man Who Cycled the Americas tells the story of Mark Beaumont’s 13,080-mile expedition from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Mark’s dream was to be the first person to climb North and South America’s highest peak in the same season whilst cycling between them. This ended up being a nine-month expedition through the ever-changing landscapes and diverse cultures of the Americas, following the mountains from North to South at the speed of a bicycle.
The Man who Cycled the Americas is Mark’s second book and noted as far less of a personal diary than The Man who Cycled the World, and far more of a narrative of evocative anecdotes from throughout the journey. Climbing Denali (Mt McKinley) and Aconcagua posed very new challenges to Mark after being so used to solo expeditions and the social element of this expedition is what also sets the book apart.
Furthest North by Rod Macrae
Experts told Jock Wishart that his idea of rowing a boat the 1996 certified position of the Magnetic North Pole was impossible, even foolhardy. In August 2011 he proved them wrong.
Mark Beaumont was on board as crewmember and BBC documentary maker for this historic expedition into the High Arctic. Furthest North is a remarkable story following the Old Pulteney Row To The Pole expedition from its very beginnings through to its exhausting, dramatic, climax.
Beautifully illustrated with the photographs taken by the crew during the expedition, this is a fascinating book about a unique polar and maritime adventure.
An Eye on the Street by David Peat
David Peat was the leading cinematographer and director who first gave Mark a camera for the BBC and then a five year apprenticeship in documentary making. They were great friends and filmed together in France, Turkey, Pakistan, and Alaska. David passed away in 2012.
In the late 1960s, twenty-one year old David Peat created a portfolio of photographs to gain entry to the film business. The Glasgow photographed in 1968 has long gone, but the sights and smells of that time still exist in the recollections of those who lived as children in the streets and back courts of Gorbals, Tradeston, Maryhill and beyond. The black and white photographs in this book can still sharpen the memory as no other medium can.
Hear about Davids incredible photography in his own words.
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TV presenter and broadcaster, record breaking round the world cyclist and ultra endurance adventurer. Marks epic documentaries have taken viewers to over 100 countries, into the Arctic, the high mountains and recently around the Commonwealth.
Mark first made fame for an 18,000 mile round-the-world bike race, where he smashed the previous World Record by a staggering 82 days. He followed this with a 13,000 mile ride down the length of the Rockies and Andes, climbing the highest mountains in Alaska and Argentina. Off the bike, he has ocean rowed through the high Arctic and survived after capsizing whilst rowing the Atlantic.
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