100 Miles on a Penny-Farthing

Fresh from breaking the world record for biking the length of Africa – he cycled 6,718 miles in 41 days 10 hours and 22 minutes – Mark Beaumont has just taken on another challenge, but this time closer to home.

The Scottish adventurer cycled the 100-mile route of the new sportive Etape Royale through Royal Deeside… on a penny-farthing, also called high wheel.

The ride included over 9,000 feet of climbing and raised funds for Mercy Corps Nepal earthquake appeal. With no gears and no good braking on the downhills, it was a grueling undertaking. The ride took 13 hours and 40 minutes.

Beaumont was cycling with David Fox-Pitt, director of WildFox Events which is organizing the Etape Royale. The sportive is based in Ballater, Aberdeenshire, and provides two routes, one of 65 and the other of 100 miles, both on closed roads.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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