Eric Larsen Cy­cles South

Adventure Sports - - ERIC LARSEN CY­CLES SOUTH - By: Rosemi Mederos

Eric Larsen is a well-known po­lar ad­ven­turer. In one year alone, he skied to the North and South Poles and reached the sum­mit of Mt. Ever­est. As an ed­u­ca­tor, Larsen is ded­i­cated to shar­ing his pas­sion for the out­doors with the world.

His lat­est ad­ven­ture, Cy­cle South, came in the form of a Chal­lengera. com chal­lenge. When Larsen re­turned from this ex­pe­di­tion, we touched base with him to get a closer look at this po­lar beast.

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My chal­lenge was to bi­cy­cle to the South Pole along a route that spanned from the edge of the Antarc­tic con­ti­nent to the ge­o­graphic South Pole a dis­tance of roughly 1,1 kilo­me­ters.

How did the idea arise?

When I lived in north­ern Min­nesota, we first be­gan rid­ing our bikes on the fro en lakes in the spring, when much of the snow had melted and the ice was rougher and soft. So since around 2002, I al­ways had, in the back of my mind, the idea of snow and ice bik­ing. In 200 , I com­pleted my first ex­pe­di­tion to the South Pole on skis. Dur­ing the jour­ney, I re­ali ed that the snow was rel­a­tively dense and might sup­port a bi­cy­cle. About that same time, Fat Bike tech­nol­ogy had pro­gressed where there were ac­tu­ally com­mer­cially pro­duced bi­cy­cles avail­able for pur­chase. In 200 , I re­turned to the South Pole for an­other ski ex­pe­di­tion but made the com­mit­ment to at­tempt the bi­cy­cle ex­pe­di­tion within the next two year.

How did you pre­pare?

There were a lot of dif­fer­ent as­pects to pre­par­ing. First and fore­most, there was a lot of bik­ing. Ad­di­tion­ally, I had to de­velop a va­ri­ety of gear to be able to carry all my equip­ment, spe­cial racks and pan­niers, for ex­am­ple. I also had to cre­ate cus­tom boots to be able to use on my bike that would not only be warm enough but also clip into my ped­als.

What gear and gad­gets did you find most ad­van­ta­geous dur­ing your ex­pe­di­tion?

bvi­ously, the bike it­self is very in­ter­est­ing. For this ex­pe­di­tion, I chose a Surly Moon­lan­der, which

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