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Scot eyes NZ cyclist's round-world record

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/04/2017

Mark Beaumont © Neil Hall/ Reuters Mark Beaumont A British endurance athlete is targeting New Zealander Andrew Nicholson's record for circumnavigating the world by bicycle.

Scotsman Mark Beaumont leaves on Tuesday for a 15-day training ride around the coastline of Britain in preparation for his attempt starting in Paris on July 2.

Beaumont plans not only to eclipse Nicholson's 123-day record; he wants to shatter it by going "around the world in 80 days".

The third of the five legs of his journey will take him from Invercargill to Auckland.

Nicholson, a former Olympic speed skater from Dunedin, set the record between August and December 2015, pedalling 29,179km at an average of 236km a day.

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