Mark Beaumont is a Scottish long-distance cyclist and adventurer who holds the record for cycling around the world in less than 79 days, completing a total of 18,000 miles in 2017.
Living in Perthshire for most of his youth, Mark began his cycling journeys at the early age of 12, cycling across Scotland in 1993 and the John O’Groat’s to Land’s End solo-cycle across Great Britain in 1998. After graduating from the University of Glasgow in Economics & Politics in 2006, Mark resumed his cycling adventures and attained his first Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by bicycle. The documentary based on this journey, The Man who Cycled the World, included video diaries of the journey and was broadcast by the BBC and nominated for a BAFTA award.
Mark’s next BBC documentary series, The Man who Cycled the Americas, was based on his journey from Alaska to Southern Argentina, where he cycled over 13,000 miles and climbed Denali and Acongagua en route, the highest peaks in North and South America. From 2011 to 2012, Mark dedicated himself to a different sport and embarked on two rowing journeys across the Canadian Arctic and the Atlantic Ocean. Getting back to his cycling adventures in 2015 and attaining the Guinness World Record for fastest cycle from Cairo to Cape Town, Mark has since published a series of books and GCN+ documentaries of his journeys. His most famous accomplishment was inspired in the Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days, completing this cycling achievement in 2017 and breaking his own world record.
In addition to the BBC and GCN+ documentaries, Mark has published 5 books on his cycling adventures and is the creator of two podcast series, Endurance and Impact. His latest podcast Endurance is based on the book by the same name, a cycling guide to “riding any distance, from 50 miles to around the world”. Mark Beaumont has become one of the most popular cycling figures worldwide and his achievements were recognised through the award of the British Empire Medal (BEM) in 2018 for services to sport, broadcasting and charity. Mark also holds a strong relationship with the University of Dundee, having been awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa in 2012, appointed as Rector of the University of Dundee in 2016, and announced as Entrepreneurship Ambassador in 2019.
Mark’s background in Economics also sparked an early interest in investing, working for over thirteen years with LCD, the UK’s leading mid-market firm, before joining Eos Advisory in 2017 as a Partner. As well as being an active investor, Mark leads the fundraising and venture partnerships at Eos Advisory, as well as sitting in the Investment Committee.