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World cyclist 'may dump his bike'
Mark and Una Beaumont
Mark and Una Beaumont will write a book about his adventure

Record breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont has revealed he wants to continue his adventures - but will leave the bike at home next time.

The 25-year-old, from Newburgh in Fife, has returned to Scotland after cycling around the world in 195 days.

However, Mr Beaumont, who is originally from Bridge of Cally in Perthshire, is having to keep up an intense fitness regime.

If he suddenly stops exercising he could do serious damage to his body.

Mr Beaumont completed his cycle around the globe on Friday after setting off on 5 August last year.

He received official confirmation on Thursday morning from Guinness World Records that he was the new record-holder - beating the previous best by almost three months.

However, Mr Beaumont told BBC Scotland he was having to continue training on the bike, as well as walking, running and swimming.

He said: "If I was to stop for a long period of time, sit in a car, sit in a plane, not exercise, clotting could happen because my body's used to being so active.

"Just simply walking around the last few days, I get an extremely sore lower back and shins and legs.

"You think, 'Well I'm obviously very fit at this point', but specifically fit to one sport."

During his journey Mr Beaumont passed through 20 countries on a route which included Pakistan, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Once I have recovered I will set myself a new challenge. I don't know where that will take me - but it won't be on a bicycle.
Mark Beaumont

At a news conference in Glasgow he recounted the trials and tribulations of his epic 18,297-mile journey.

They included being knocked over by a donkey and cart, having to travel under police escort, having his wallet stolen and making the difficult decision to give up being a vegetarian in order to consume enough calories to complete his challenge.

Mr Beaumont is certain his record will be broken in the future.

He said: "I am sure someone will go for it, and good on them because it is quite an adventure."

He added that soon he will have to consider what to do next.

"Once I have recovered I will set myself a new challenge," he said.

"I don't know where that will take me - but it won't be on a bicycle.

"I don't think I can cycle any further."

One item on the agenda is writing a book with his mother Una about his journey, which has raised thousands of pounds for charity.

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