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A five-point checklist for getting around the world in 80 days by bicycle

Gibson, Neil and Gibson, Ann-Marie (2017) A five-point checklist for getting around the world in 80 days by bicycle. The Conversation.

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Abstract

Impossible is nothing, or so goes the saying, which could aptly describe some of the greatest achievements of sporting endeavour. Scots cyclist Mark Beaumont is about to find out if the saying bears truth as he attempts to cycle around the world in 80 days – the current record was set by New Zealander Andrew Nicholson who circumnavigated the globe in 123 days in 2015. Beaumont is currently preparing with a two-week tour of Britain ahead of his world-record attempt in July. While Beaumont is an accomplished ultra-endurance athlete, there are several factors that will determine whether or not he is successful. If Beaumont can take care of the following five points, he should stand a good chance of fulfilling his dream.