Cycling's ultimate endurance test: Pedaling around the world in 80 days

Updated 0930 GMT (1730 HKT) June 30, 2017

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  • Aim is to take 43 days off the record
  • Car accident propelled him to fame

(CNN)Mark Beaumount can vividly recall his worst day on a bike.

Just two-and-a-half weeks from the completion of his bid to cycle around the world, an elderly driver in Louisiana skipped a red light and hit Beaumont, sending him flying over the bonnet and onto the tarmac.
Luckily, Beaumont escaped serious injury, though he did have other issues to contend with.
"Her son arrives in a pickup truck; I explain that I'm riding for the world record, so my bike needs fixing," Beaumont tells CNN in a lengthy interview. "So he drops me off at this place in town,"
"The problem was he dropped me off in one of the most dangerous parts of town. I got mugged and everything got stolen."
Beaumont managed to get back on the road to seal the record of 194 days and 17 hours back in 2008, a record that has since been lowered to 123 days by New Zealander Andrew Nicholson.
    Now the 34-year-old Scot is setting out on July 2 to cycle around the world ... in 80 days, nearly two-and-a-half times quicker than his last attempt.
    The time frame is a nod to Jules Vernes' novel "Around the World in Eighty Days," which tells the story of Londoner Phileas Fogg, who circumnavigated the globe in 80 days because of a £20,000 wager set by friends at The Reform Club.