This week we introduce three events which take you into the fascinating world of endurance sport. Mark Beaumont, Edwina Brocklesby and Markus Stitz have pushed the boundaries in endurance sport, Mark by setting an astonishing world record cycling the world, Edwina by completing several Ironman races in her seventies and Markus by cycling around the world on a singlespeed bike. Listen to their stories and get inspired yourself!
By pedalling through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on 18 September 2017 Mark Beaumont set a new world record for circumnavigating the world on a bicycle after 78 days,14 hours and 40 minutes. Around the World in 80 Days is the story of Mark’s amazing achievement as he made his way through extreme conditions to beat the previous record by an astonishing 45 days. Celebrating a decade of world firsts, pushing ultra endurance, sharing inspiring journeys and helping businesses to perform, Mark Beaumont’s documentaries, events and books about ultra endurance and adventure have taken audiences to over 100 countries.
At the age of 50, Edwina Brocklesby decided to run her first half-marathon. Just like that. Having done little running or sport, she thought she would challenge herself and 20 years of marathons, triathlons and Ironman races began. At 75 she is still going and is an inspiration to the 11.5m people in Britain who are over 65. In Irongran Eddie shares the difficulties she’s experienced in her sporting endeavours and explains how she’s managed to overcome them. She is passionate about the health and well-being of our ageing population and provides up-to-date research about the importance of keeping active in later years, along with guidance about how to remain full of life. Come and listen to Eddie, a brilliant storyteller – and order the lycra later.
From September 2015 till August 2016 Markus Stitz cycled around the world on his bike which had one gear only. During his journey he saw the Aurora Borealis in Iceland, braved minus 17c in New Mexico, crossed the Australian outback, cycled through 40c in Thailand, climbed up to 3,150 m in Iran, cycled both the Anatolian Highlands and the Alps and rode the famous cobbles of Flanders. All this to prove that it can be done – one gear is enough to cycle the world.