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Cyclist Mark Beaumont finishes Americas journey

Mark Beaumont
Mark has spent more than 250 days in the saddle

Record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont has finished his mammoth journey across the Americas from Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina.

The 27-year-old has clocked up 13,080 miles (21,050km) since May. He started his last day in the saddle at 1000 GMT with just 50 miles to go.

He told his Twitter followers as he crossed the finish line: "I have made it!"

He reached Ushuaia in southern Argentina at 1538 GMT.

His 268-day trip has seen him cycle through 12 countries.

Mr Beaumont, from Bridge of Cally, Perthshire, also took in the two highest mountains in the Americas - Mount McKinley and Aconcagua.

His journey began in Anchorage, Alaska, on 27 May and finished when he reached the sea at Ushuaia, the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego.

He reported earlier on his Twitter feed that he was cycling through some "nice Scottish drizzle" as he climbed the last big hill.


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His mother Una Beaumont said she had spoken to her son minutes after he crossed the finish line.

She told BBC Scotland's news website: "He could not speak. He was so filled up.

"I did the chatting and then he said he was fine and what a perfect place it was to finish."

Mrs Beaumont said there would be a big family celebration when her son returned home.

"We haven't had our Christmas dinner yet and it was Mark's 27th birthday on 1 January, so we will be having a combined celebration."

Mr Beaumont broke the record for cycling around the world in February 2008, completing the journey in 195 days.

'Epic journey'

Asked about her son's plans for the future, Mrs Beaumont replied: "I think he's got something in his head but I'm not asking. I just want him back for a bit."

David Peat, series producer for the BBC One documentary that will chart the cyclist's journey, said the achievement was "truly remarkable".

He added: "Many people that cycle have done the trip, but no-one has done it and climbed both those mountains in one season.

"It's an epic journey."

The first programme in the series will be shown on BBC One on 23 March at 2235 GMT.

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