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18.000 miles

Around the world in 80 days > Stage 2 - Australia & New Zealand

Story by Soigneur August 21st, 2017

Mark Beaumont, an adventure cyclist from Scotland, got on his KOGA in the early morning of July 2nd and cycled out of Paris heading east. He believes it's possible to cycle around the world in 80 days. Jules Verne would consider him a lunatic. We reckon if anyone can do it, it’s Mark.

We’re following him on his record breaking quest.

Stage 1

Mark cycled from Paris to Peking straight through Russia arriving in the Chinese capital after 28 days. From there he flew across the Indian Ocean to the next continent, landing in the city of Perth, Western Australia's capital. Not wasting any time, Mark was on his Koga Kimera just one hour after touch down, heading towards Australia's east coast.

Stage 2

For stage 2 of his 80 day race Mark crossed the entire Australian continent, from Perth to Brisbane, in just 16 days. He traced along the Great Australian Bight and then cycled up from Melbourne across New South Wales to finish in Brisbane, Queensland. From there he took a plane to the southernmost airport of New Zealand, Invercargill. One of the most beautiful parts of his trip began. But it's cold in New Zealand, as it's mid-winter in the Southern Hemisphere. The sun sets quickly and is slow to rise. This leg of the journey is all about keeping warm and dry.

On day 49 Mark arrived in the city of Sails, Auckland. He left behind his New Zealand team and took a plane to the American continent, starting the third leg of his trip in Anchorage, Canada.

This gallery tells the story of the cold and windy but also stunningly beautiful second stage, starting on day 29 and finishing on day 49 of Mark's round the world trip.

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the bike

For his recent record breaking cycling adventures Mark has relied on the technique of his custom KOGA Kimera. It's light, stiff and its customised cockpit enables Mark to hold an aerodynamic position without getting too uncomfortable. You can find more specifics on this Dutch bike on the KOGA website.

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wet aussie mornings

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90 mile straight

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great australian bight

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fighting sidewinds

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80 days of racing against the clock

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meet up with ed pratt

On day 35 Mark and the Team met up with Ed Pratt: a 19 year old guy from Somerset (UK) who set off on the 14th of March for an 18,000 mile trip, you guessed it, around the world. On a UNICYCLE. If he makes it all the way around he'll be the first to do so on one wheel. Ed Pratt thinks he'll take about two years to accomplish this.

Tied on to his unicycle are are bags with everything he needs to survive: tent, sleeping bag, cooking stove, the works.

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new zealand winter scenes

On day 44 Mark touches down on New Zealand's South Island. It's cold in Invercargill, especially in the early mornings. But the scenery heading towards the Southern Alps is magnificent.

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Follow Mark's progress live here and here @mrmarkbeaumont

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