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At will fascinate and grip the readerFrom the obvious dangers of Egypt Sudan and Kenya over the unpaved muddy mountainous roads of Ethiopia through the beautiful grasslands of Tanzania and Zambia to riding at night in Botswana in the company of elephants and giraffes Mark brings Africa to life in all its complex glory friendship and curiosity while inspiring us all to uestion the bounds of what is possible. The first chapter s an open goal setting the scene for this adventure with an account of the conclusion of his Atlantic rowing challenge If that doesn t draw you in nothing willIt s a record attempt focused on speed and covering distance and as the author often admits that means so missing out on so much local life as he flies past it on the most direct roads possible between Cairo and Cape Town If like me you ve enjoyed his other books cycling the Americas and round the world you may find a lack of variety here about the stops overnight and along the way It s a change and rather a good one in the end I appreciated how it s purer with the filming much low key than the previous adventures The stand out moments such as why you should never ride alone through nature reserves at night came across as chance encounters rather than something dreamed up and awkwardly inserted by a TV producerUltimately it s an uplifting read full of humanity Character kindness and otherwise he met along the way the highs and lows of brief moments of contact snatched with loved ones back home and proper appreciation of the support crews and the remarkable problem solving powers of social media that made it all possible Likeable and engaging writer unassuming despite what he does with a great eye for people and details

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Africa Solo

SHORTLISTED FOR ADVENTURE TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEARIn the spring of 2015 Mark Beaumont set out from the bustling heart of Cairo on his latest world record attempt solo the length of Africa intending to ride to Cape Town in under 50 days Seven years since he smashed the world record for cycling round the world this would be his toughest trip yet And he would set a new mark that would simply break the limits o. In 2008 Mark Beaumont obliterated the record for cycling around the world taking 82 days off the previous total Then followed another ride through the Americas including climbing the highest peaks in Alaska and Argentina This was followed by an attempt to row the Atlantic that nearly ended in disaster For this trip he was glad to be back on the bike to attempt breaking the record for the fastest journey from Cairo to Capetown but this would be the toughest of the lotIt is a continent that is full of danger and beauty wild storms and majestic animals On his fast journey he encountered all sort of terrains from scorching deserts smooth tarmac rolling hills and roads reduced to uagmire with the torrential rains he encountered He had moments of joy and some really low points when he suffered food poisoning He was aiming to ride a minimum of 150 miles a day to beat the previous record of 59 days The speed that he was moving through the countries meant that he had little time to interact with the local populations just enough to find places to sleep and the find the enormous amount of food that a challenge of this magnitude meant that he had to consume every day Most of the people he met were warm generous and delightful occasionally soured by the odd group of stone throwing children and one attempted robbery It is an enjoyable book to read as you share his elation and pain on this charge through Africa There is less on the interaction with the native people but when you consider the pace that he had set himself for the record attempt it was unlikely that he would have a huge amount of time available It is a personal journey too as he is not at home when really needed the most and he agony of being there is uite poignant Once again Beaumont has shown that he is a top class endurance athlete in this charge through Africa in his attempt to break the record and if you liked his previous books this one will be right up your street too

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F enduranceDespite illness mechanical faults attempted robbery and stone throwing children as well as dehydration in the deserts and unprecedented levels of exhaustion Mark completed the journey in just 41 days 10 hours and 22 minutes after cycling 6762 miles spending 439 hours in the saddle sometimes up to 16 hours a day and climbing 190355 feet through 8 countries It was an astonishing journey and one th. The unsupported cycling expedition through Egypt Sudan Ethiopia Kenya Tanzania Zambia Botswana and South Africa is as thrilling to read as it sounds Many times my heart was in my mouth anticipating injuries delays and danger Especially when he says my gut told me not to trust him Throwing caution to the wind No Mark I hear myself pleading I am relieved when he finds a motel I can imagine the taste of the delicious food Feel the sandstorm See the elephants and galloping giraffe alongside What particularly resonated with me was Mark s description of how to stay motivated as an ultra endurance athlete To understand the big picture but to focus on daily input which is simple what to eat what you need to drink how much you need to recover and how long to spend on the bike Not to base your mindset and contentment in your success each day But if you realize that over weeks and months these daily mileages will average themselves out as long as you put in the same effort each day


10 thoughts on “Africa Solo

  1. says:

    In 2008 Mark Beaumont obliterated the record for cycling around the world taking 82 days off the previous total Then followed another ride through the Americas including climbing the highest peaks in Alaska and Argentina This was f

  2. says:

    ‘Energy sapping and seriously tough it was one of the hardest roads I have ever climbed The broken tar the unrelenting gradient and the heat the sweat making my eyes sting – it was glorious’A day by day diary of Mark Beaumont

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    A whirlwind tour of Africa on 2 wheels I love an endurance athlete and Mark is up there with the best of them After having met him earlier in the year at an event where he spoke about his challenges I could hear his voice whilst reading the book He is very elouent and passionate about his subject For anyone with an interest in cycling especially a Scottish cyclist this is the book for you

  4. says:

    The unsupported cycling expedition through Egypt Sudan Ethiopia Kenya Tanzania Zambia Botswana and South Africa is as thrill

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    Cycle from the comfort of you r armchair as you follow Mark's route hereI remember holding this book in my hand and thinking – how on earth do you manage to ride from Cairo to Cape Town? However fit you are that must be tougher than tough It’s not just the physical side of things but the stamina you must need? I got a bit tired even thi

  6. says:

    This was pretty good I didn't enjoy it uite as much as his other books and the trip sounds completely not fun But a good read nevertheless

  7. says:

    Sure it was an achievement of sorts but a little bit pointless to race through a continent just for the sake of it

  8. says:

    I stumbled across Africa Solo at a book sale and bought it with no knowledge of who Mark was what he did and without any knowledge whatsoever of enduro cycling The reason I was interested in reading it was because I wanted to learn about cycling and the off the touirst pamphlet details of the African countries Mark rode through on his world record attempt Africa Solo achieved those two goals for me and much You

  9. says:

    The first chapter's an open goal setting the scene for this adventure with an account of the conclusion of his Atlantic rowing challenge If that doesn't draw you in nothing willIt's a record attempt focused on speed and covering distance and as the author often admits that means so missing out on so much local

  10. says:

    Wonderfully gripping description of Mark Beaumont's world record cycle race from Cairo to Capetown You get an insight into the several countries he rode through and the characters and hospitality or not of the people he met although