Ultra-endurance and long distance athlete Mark Beaumont recently cycled around the world in less than 80 days – not only achieving his own personal challenge (and a day early), but also claiming two Guinness World Record titles.

Having competed the 18,000-mile cycling challenge one day ahead of schedule at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, where his journey began on July 2, Mark took one third off the current record (123 days) for the fastest circumnavigation by bicycle.

He was also awarded the Guinness World Records title for Most Miles Cycled in a Month; from Paris to Perth in Australia, verified at 7,031 miles (11,315km).

“This was a fantastic milestone to achieve during the challenge of getting around the world in eighty days. I hope it is used as a marker for other cyclists to go and smash in the near future,” says Mark.

Cycling for 16 hours a day (240 miles) on just five hours sleep per night, he consumed around 640,000kcal to keep up energy.

Having cycled through 16 countries throughout his four-stage challenge; Mark’s second phase took him through Australia and New Zealand.

During his 80 day ride, he faced many physical and mental challenges, including a fall on day nine which could have ended the whole expedition.

Pedalling through Australia and New Zealand during the winter season meant he was continually exposed to sub-zero temperatures, making time on the bike even more gruelling.

“This has been, without doubt, the most punishing challenge I have ever put my body and mind through. The physical and mental stamina required for each day was a challenge in itself, but I had an amazing support team around me.

“The success of cycling around the world in 80 days shows that what seemed impossible is possible and has redefined the limits of endurance sport.”