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Cairo to Cape Town by bicycle in 41 days!

Just last month, Jackie from Oasis met Mark Beaumont in Cairo, at the start of his cycle journey to Cape Town and attempt to break the world record time. Incredibly, Mark arrived in to Cape Town 41 days, 10 hours and 22 minutes after leaving Cairo, beating not only the world record but smashing his own aim of completing the journey in 50 days.
Mark Beaumont cycling Cairo to Cape TownWe are really pleased to have assisted Mark in planning some parts of his route as we have run trips between Cairo and Cape Town for many years, following a similar route – although not quite as direct or fast! Some stats from Mark: “I finished in 41 days 10 hours and 22 minutes, after cycling 6762 miles, spending 439 hours in the saddle, and climbing 190,355 feet through 8 countries. The old World Record was just over 59 days, but in truth I was never racing anyone, it was always about pushing for my absolute personal best. In the last week through Botswana and South Africa I threw caution to the wind, averaging over 200 miles a day and riding up to 16 hours a day. The overall daily average is 160 miles a day, which is tough going anywhere, but through the roads and across the borders of Africa has been incredible, by far the toughest ride of my life.” (These stats have all to be double checked and verified by Guinness World Records) Check out Mark’s Facebook Page for some great photos, Patrick Chung video clips and comments from the saddle.

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