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Cycling Scotsman heads to America

Mark Beaumont
Mark Beaumont's trip will take him through 15 countries

The Scotsman who broke a world record by cycling around the globe is preparing for a new adventure - biking across the Americas.

Mark Beaumont will spend eight months cycling the American Cordillera, a mountain belt running from Alaska to the Andes.

His adventure will be followed by the BBC - online, on TV and on radio.

Mr Beaumont holds the record for the fastest cycle around the globe at 194 days and 17 hours.

The cyclist, who is originally from Bridge of Cally in Perthshire and attended the High School of Dundee, now lives in Edinburgh.

He will head to Alaska on 27 May to begin his latest journey, which will take him through 15 countries including the USA, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, Peru and Argentina.

He will also have to power his way up the highest peaks in both North and South America - Mount McKinley in Alaska, which is 20,320ft, and Aconcagua in Argentina, which is 22,841ft.

There is a slight sense of trepidation, which I think is only natural
Mark Beaumont

Each mountain will take him approximately three weeks to complete.

Mr Beaumont will keep people informed of his adventures through his Cycling the Americas blog on the BBC website.

The first edition states: "I want to fulfil one of my other great ambitions - cycling the American Cordillera - the longest mountain range on the planet.

"Cycling the world was difficult but this journey has the potential to be even harder. This time I'll be cycling at altitude and I'll also be climbing the two highest mountains in the Americas."

The cyclist has been training hard for the expedition by going to the gym, running, climbing mountains and cycling with an 80lb rucksack on his back.

Mark Beaumont
Mr Beaumont has been learning mountaineering techniques for the trip

He said: "With just over a week until I pack my bags onto my bike and fly to Anchorage there is a slight sense of trepidation, which I think is only natural.

"However, in truth, I can't wait to get back out on a great journey and am excited about the ability I have this time to share the expedition from the road."

BBC Producer David Peat said: "I can honestly say that I have never met anyone as mentally and physically tough as Mark.

"What he achieved around the world was awesome. But on this trip he craves a test over and above the cycling.

"He'll get it as he pushes up into the challenges of high altitude climbing where the physical effects can be devastating even on someone as fit as him.

"What is brilliant for the audience is they can follow his triumphs and his pain in a ground-breaking way.

"They will be able to see, hear and read about his amazing adventure mile-by-mile."



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