Eric Larsen Cycles South
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.
Describe your Challengera.com challenge.
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