Mark Beaumont. Either you’ll know the name or you won’t. He’s arguably the world’s most well-known solo cyclist, the world-record holder for the time taken to cycle round the world (194 days and 17 hours, if you were wondering!) and has also just recorded the recent BBC series ‘The Man Who Cycled The Americas’.
Anyway…he’s touring the country at the moment with his show ‘The Man Who Cycled The World’ and I headed along to Epsom to see what he had to say about his travels.
Having only seen ‘The Man Who Cycled The Americas’ and not read his book I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but I have to say it was brilliant. Mark’s an excellent public speaker and had the close to capacity crowd captivated from the start with tales of his trips and amusing anecdotes along the way.
The whole evening was extremely inspiring and it was interesting to hear how he got into the position whereby he was circumnavigating the globe on just two wheels – if you don’t come out of one of his shows fully motivated that you can do something on your own than I’m afraid to say that there’s no-one that could offer that to you!
I thought there were perhaps a couple of points where more details could have been given – it would have been interesting to hear how he found the five to six thousand calories he needed each day, especially in the more remote areas, but other than that it was a really good show.
Details of the current tour are on his website. If you get the chance, go and see him. You really won’t regret it!