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Africa Solo

Taking 18 days off the original Guinness World Record, Mark Beaumont cycled from Cairo to Cape Town in just over 41 days. Olivia Rook caught up with him to find out how he survived this epic challenge

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME AN EXPLORER?

I started cycling very young on the farm in the Highlands of Scotland. When I was 12, I biked across Scotland and this naturally led to many expeditions by the time I left university. In the last decade I have travelled to 130 countries, made numerous BBC documentaries and written three books. So from small beginnings, a career has happened quite by accident.

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