After covering 175 miles, one quarter the distance to the South Pole, on his Surly Moonlander Fat Bike, Eric Larsen unknowingly achieved a world record: the longest bicycle journey in Antarctic history, according to the World Record Academy.
Here's what Eric had to say about the journey in his own words.
Greetings from a somewhat snowy Boulder, Colorado. After being back from Antarctica for nearly two weeks, I feel like I have made the adjustment back into normal life. Still, I miss the snow and ice, and of course, my bicycle. I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for your support. I appreciate the effort you have made to invest in the Cycle South adventure and mission. While I am disappointed in not achieving the pole, I am pleased with my overall effort. In the upcoming weeks and months, I will continue to keep you all updated.
Many have asked, what happened. Honestly, things actually went relatively smoothly. All my gear and equipment performed flawlessly and the simple fact is that I was not traveling fast enough (2.5 mph versus 4 mph) to make the pole before my supplies ran out. My bicycle weighed 130 pounds and bogged down in soft snow patches. Every year in Antarctica, snow conditions vary due to winter weather. This year, the surface was in especially poor condition - especially compared to what I had experienced in my previous three Antarctica seasons. While I'm not a huge fan of excuses in the end, doing something that has never been done before is filled with inherit risks.
While I may not have achieved my physical objective, I do feel that the expedition was still a successful effort. I am making tentative plans to return in the winter of 2014/2015.
- End of March/April - Svalbard (North Pole) training expedition - Svalbard, Norway
- April 17-18 - Mt. Whitney Climb - California - Big City Mountaineers fundraiser
- April 21-25 - White Rim Mtn Bike - Moab, Utah
- June 11-22 - Kilimanjaro - Tanzania, Africa
- July TBD - Seven for Someone - 7 peaks climbing adventure fundraiser for BCM
- Sept TBD - Atacama Desert Traverse - Chile/Argentina
- December - North Pole training
- January - Aconcagua - (tentative)
- March/April 2014 - North Pole Expedition - unsupported speed record attempt
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