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Cyclists Mark Beaumont & Markus Stitz to speak at the Borders Book Festival in June

On Tuesday 24th April the full line-up for the 15th Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival was announced, with tickets on sale at or by phone to 0131 473 2000. Now considered one of the premier festivals in Britain, the 2018 Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival offers its largest programme to date with more than 110 events crammed into Harmony Garden over four hectic days.

Amongst the events are two talks specially aimed at cyclists. On Saturday 16 June at 9pm Markus Stitz will speak about his adventure circumnavigating the world. From September 2015 till August 2016 he 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.

On Sunday 17 June Scottish adventurer Mark Beaumont will take to the stage at Harmony Garden, the fastest person to circumnavigate the world to date. On Monday 18th September 2017 Mark pedalled through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. 78 days,14 hours and 40 minutes earlier, he had set off from the same place, beginning his attempt to circumnavigate the world in record time and imitate Jules Verne’s fictional feat. 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.

The event is supported by Scottish Borders Council. There are many cycling routes around Melrose to make this a great weekend out in the Scottish Borders.


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