A glorious sunny Sunday in Perth see’s our very own Alan Mauchline welcome renowned cyclist, adventurer, broadcaster, documentary maker and author Mark Beaumont to the ŠKODA family taking delivery of his stunning new KODIAQ.

John Clark Motor Groups ŠKODA Division [Specialist Cars ŠKODA Dundee, Aberdeen and Thomson & Potter ŠKODA Perth] will for the next two years proudly sponsor Mark on his ongoing travels and adventures and what better vehicle to support him than the KODIAQ.

In return Mark [subject to his hectic schedule and travels] will be on site for Q&A sessions enabling our customers and cycling enthusiast to get the answers to their questions and maybe a photograph or two, with this genuinely interesting, passionate and dedicated Scot. So watch this space for more information as and when we have dates.

Joe McCauley General Manager Specialist Cars ŠKODA Dundee said "we are absolutely delighted to be sponsoring Mark for the next two years and look forward to a long and mutually benefiting relationship. It's even more satisfying to sponsor someone which such close ties to Dundee and Perthshire where Mark now lives".

Driven by something different!

Mark Beaumont collecting his new KODIAQ

Mark Beaumont celebrates almost a decade of world firsts, continually pushing ultra-endurance, sharing inspirational journeys and helping businesses to perform.

Mark's adventures, events and books about ultra-endurance have taken audiences to over well over 100 countries. On 3rd April, Mark announced the Artemis World Cycle – his next Record-Breaking quest to cycle around the World in 80 days.

“This journey around the World is the culmination of everything I have practiced and built in the past twenty years. I believe that it’s possible to get around the World in 80 Days by manpower, but this is a leap in performance and a step into the unknown.”

Mark has educated at The High School of Dundee and at age the tender age of 15 he completed a solo ride the length of Great Britain from John o'Groats to Lands End. Mark graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Politics and, in 2012 he was awarded the accolade 'Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa' from his home town University of Dundee. Mark was then made Rector at the University of Dundee in 2016. You could say "a real local lad".

Mark Beaumont some quick facts:

  • During summer 2011, Beaumont joined a team of six in rowing through the Canadian Arctic, as the BBC cameraman as well as on the oars. Their aim was to reach a 1996 location of the North Magnetic Pole. It is only in the last few years that the sea ice has melted enough for such a route to be attempted.
  • In early 2012, Beaumont joined another team in an attempt to break the world record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. After 27 days and over 2,000 miles into the expedition, they capsized and had to be rescued.
  • Beaumont was the first torchbearer for day 26 of the 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay.
  • The Man who Cycled the World: A BBC documentary broadcast in August 2008. The content was based on Beaumont's video diaries of the journey. The documentary was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA.
  • In November 2015, Beaumont set the record for completing the North Coast 500 (a 518.7 mile route around Scotland) by bicycle in 37 hours 56 minutes and 44 seconds. This effort was later beaten in 2016 by James McCallum, who completed the route in 31 hours.
  • In May 2015, Beaumont set a new record in his "Africa Solo" challenge, cycling from Cairo to Cape Town in 42 days, and beating the previous record by 17 days.

Olympic Torch Bearer 2012

Use the videos below to find out more about Mark's 'Around Britain' cycle and Day 10 'Riding through Scotland'.