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A British cyclist set a new world record Monday by travelling around the globe in 79 days -- beating the fictional exploits of Phileas Fogg by a day.Scottish adventurer Mark Beaumont rode into Paris 78 days, 14 hours and 14 minutes after he set off from the French capital, smashing the previous record of 123 days for a round-the-world bike trip.Beaumont had held the round-the-world record until 2009 when it was beaten by a New Zealander, leaving Beaumont to conclude he simply had to have the title back.Beaumont set the world record in 2008 when he cycled around the world unsupported in just short of 195 days.In the meantime Beaumont had taken on other adventures, and was part of a team who tried to break the record for rowing across the Atlantic in 2012, only to capsize after 27 days.
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