The Man Who Cycled The World Kindle ´ Man Who Cycled
Sorry to sound negative but I was really looking forward to this book as I had hoped to read about all the experiences in different countries but I felt it ended up being a long list of the food the he ate along the way Guess I ve just read other true life stories that kept me engaged.An amazing achievement but didn t love the journey. I cycled 900 miles across France in 2004 so have some idea of long distancing cyclingbut my trip did not compare in the least with Mark s remarkable trip I am now halfway through the book and I feel like I am there Mark s writing style is excellent I have found his description of his sleeping especially interesting as he switches between his tent, rough and smart hotels.I watched him on the TV and enjoyed each programme What comes across in the book is how much help he had from numerous people and how it was all co ordinated by his mum.I have a dream to cycle 6,000 miles around the 29 EU capitals his book has given me of a push to get the trip organised.I would highly recommend that anyone keen on adventure books should buy this book Mark had to overcome so many obstacles and just kept on going, eager to achieve his goal. And not content with doing this one, he has now smashed all records by doing it in under 80 days.An interesting travelogue of his first solo journey around the world, this is peppered with incidents, observations and cultural education as he cycles against the elements and strange forms of officialdom.This is an enjoyable read, with, for me, the most interesting element being the Middle East and Asian sections It is stuffed with odd characters and customs he meets along the way and you are never far from the family connections and team work which made it all possible.Fascinating stuff. What a bore I cycled xx km s today I ate this and this and I have saddle sores Insert small minded anecdote every now and then Boring boring boring, and I love anything to do with cycling, hard to bore me on the subject but Mr Beaumont manages it Amazing feat, just a boring read I had read previous reviews and one was about how Mark Beaumont wasted his time and missed the chance to really experience cultures and travel properly because of his focus on achieving the world record This reviewer missed the point entirely, and I suspect if I or Mark himself explained the reasons why he didn t stop and absorb the culture and countries , he she wouldn t understand anyway.This, to me, was all about the challenge and pushing himself to see just how far he could go Some people can do this, some people can only understand this, and most people can t do either I suspect that his main goal was to set up a life and a career doing something that he loved and not pencil pushing at a desk all day Cycling the world got him on his way to this and he describes his journey through the challenge, and before the challenge with some intriguing background into his reasons for doing it, with great honesty and providing insight into the world of an extreme endurance athlete.The book inspired a friend of mine to cycle from China back to England after being an English teacher in Korea and is currently motivating me to seek out my own adventures and push my own boundaries I have great admiration for a man who bit the bullet and reached out and grabbed life with both hands and is not letting go. As a a life long sporting cyclist of nearly 50 years I intend to ride around the UK when I retire and then ride around France and Italy and take in the major tours So, I purchased this book, having watched the documentary on the TV, as I was hoping to get some extra tips on how to cover 100 miles a day every day on a low budget I have not been disappointed and recommend this book to any one who has a sense of adventure and a love of cycling Would have liked info on how Mark funded the ride but as I have not got to the end yet it may be in the last chapter I will not be cycling through Pakistan or India though His description of the poverty and the food has put me off for life I will stick to central Europe for my long distance cycle touring.A great ride Mark I salute you. I was reading this from the point of view of someone interested in cycling and a month after finishing my own mini challenge in the form of Lands End to John O Groats some of the other reviewers are right you re not going to get lengthy descriptions of local customs, architecture and in depth accounts of romance on the way What you do get is a great insight into the aspiration, state of mind and experiences of someone on a unique adventure that required guts and determination in these days of package holidays and if you re not careful, packaged life, I found it inspiring stuff I was surprised it kept my attention from start to finish it is a good read, flowing nicely from chapter to chapter The inspiring story of one young man s record breaking solo cycle journey around the worldOnFebruary , Mark Beaumont pedalled through the Arc de Triomphe in Parisdays andhours previously, he had begun his attempt to circumnavigate the world in record time Mark smashed the Guinness World Record by an astonishingdays He had travelled than , miles on his own through some of the harshest conditions one man and his bicycle can endure, camping wild at night and suffering from constant ailments The Man Who Cycled the World is the story not just of that amazing achievement, but of the events that turned Mark Beaumont into the man he is today From the early years of his free spirited childhood in the Scottish countryside to present day, he has been equally determined not to settle for an average existence, but to break free and follow his dreamsMark Beaumont grew up in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands When he was twelve, he cycled across Scotland, then a few years later, completed the , mile solo ride across Britain from John O Groats to Land s End His next long distance ride took him the length of Italy, a journey of , miles, helping to raise , for charity After graduating from Glasgow University, and having also qualified as a professional ski instructor, he decided against a conventional career and devoted himself full time to raising money for his endurance adventures Visit his website at markbeaumontonline It s about travel, adventure, the world than cycling really Don t be fooled It s a huge undertaking he made a very interesting read Well written with extra people good for anyone interested in travel, wether you re a biker or not I m amazed that he made it much less survived, but a lot of people helped, he credits them all If you re thinking about a long, hard trip, read this book first It ll give you tips, save you trouble, maybe convince you to do it a different way.
- The Man Who Cycled The World
- Mark Beaumont
- 09 October 2019 Mark Beaumont