Cyclists get chance to complete North Coast 500 with top endurance athlete
CYCLING enthusiasts are being challenged to complete the North Coast 500 alongside celebrated endurance athlete Mark Beaumont.
Mark, who holds the Guinness World Record for cycling around the world, has already completed the NC500 twice. He will return to the route for two exclusive, ultra-distance rides next year – and this time he’d like some company.
Departing on May 4 and August 31, places on the North Coast 500 Challenge with Mark Beaumont are available to book now through Aviemore-based adventure tour operator Wilderness Scotland.
Over the course of five days, beginning and ending in Inverness, riders will cycle clockwise around a route covering more than 500 miles and climbing over 10,000 metres.
Each trip includes all accommodation, meals and energy snacks and drinks, logistical support throughout and an expert guide from Wilderness Scotland – all in the company of one of the world’s most experienced endurance athletes.
Mark said: “The creation of North Coast 500 in the past five years has taken the north of Scotland from an unknown wilderness for cyclists to an absolute bucket-list challenge.
"It truly is the most breathtaking route in the UK, with wildlife, local food and scenery making it so unique and memorable. But it is also tough, with over 10,000 feet of ascent as well as the 500 miles, so not for the faint-hearted if you are up for the added challenge of completing it in four days.
"I’m excited to be heading back in 2020 to explore this wonderful route.”
Tom Campbell, managing director of the North Coast 500, said: “After completing all 516 miles of the route in 2015, then returning earlier this year on a bikepacking adventure with Global Cycling Network, one of the world’s biggest online cycling brands, we’re delighted to welcome Mark back to the North Coast 500 in the summer.
"Our trip with Mark and Wilderness Scotland is an exclusive opportunity to travel on the world’s best touring route under the expert guidance of one of the world’s best athletes.”