World-class adventurer to navigate his way to Elgin

Next stop Elgin for Mark Beaumont
Next stop Elgin for Mark Beaumont

THE MAN WHO made international headlines when he broke the record for circumnavigating the globe on a bicycle is to talk about his adventures in Moray next month.

TV presenter, broadcaster, author, adventurer and record breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont should have little trouble finding his way to Elgin Library given his fantastic navigation experiences around the planet.

It was in February, 2008 that Mark completed the 18,297-mile world journey that took him 194 days and 17 hours. That would be enough for most people, but he was back in the saddle again and by February 2010 when he completed another ambition to cycle the Americas from Anchorage Alaska to Ushuaia in Argentina – that journey the subject of a BBC Television series.

He then joined a six-man team in 2011 to row from Canada to the North Magnetic Pole, again for a BBC documentary. Then in 2012 Mark and his team of rowers had to be rescued in the Atlantic Ocean after their boat capsized while attempting to cross from Morocco to Barbados.

More recently he was back on a bike when last year when he took on 10,000km from Cairo to Cape Town – breaking another world record for the fastest solo ride the length of Africa.

Mark will speak of his adventures when he makes an appearance at the Elgin Library on Saturday, February 27 at 2.30pm.  Tickets for the event priced at £7.50 are available from the library while Mark’s books chronicling his adventures will also be on sale during the event.