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World's First Cycle Trip To the South Pole Achieved

samzenpus posted about 8 months ago | from the mountain-bikes-of-madness dept.

Technology 49

Zothecula writes "Shortly before Christmas, we heard about 35 year-old British adventurer Maria Leijerstam's planned attempt to ride to the South Pole on a recumbent fat-tired tricycle. On December 27th at 1am GMT, she achieved that goal, becoming the first person to ever successfully cycle from the edge of the Antarctic continent to the Pole."

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Happy Monday from The Golden Girls! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45819463)

Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true, you're a pal and a cosmonaut.

And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you knew
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say, thank you for being a friend.

LOL ... (4, Funny)

gstoddart (321705) | about 8 months ago | (#45819485)

Oh, great, now someone will feel the need to do it in a unicycle.

Re:LOL ... (5, Funny)

dotancohen (1015143) | about 8 months ago | (#45819543)

Actually, even two wheels has not been successfully accomplished yet. Though, to be fair, zero wheels has been done.

Re:LOL ... (1)

Psychotic_Wrath (693928) | about 8 months ago | (#45820419)

Daniel Burton will probably be the first person to do it on 2 wheels, he should complete this by the end of this next month.

Re:LOL ... (1)

guises (2423402) | about 8 months ago | (#45820955)

I'm not going to be satisfied until I see an Antarctic expedition on Segway.

Re:LOL ... (1)

Penguinisto (415985) | about 8 months ago | (#45820965)

I'm waiting for the "First handstand-walk to the South Pole" achievement to be unlocked, myself.

Re:LOL ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45821601)

While juggling snowballs.

Re:LOL ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45823571)

Uhhh... I'm crowd sourcing a project to do just that. I'm at 10%. Got it all worked out. Unicycle with knobby tire. Arctic class protective gear and equipment. A wool lined, Thinsulate clown wig to top it all off.

Toot Toot

Icebound ship in Antartica rescued! (2)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 8 months ago | (#45819545)

. . . by a team of tricyclists . . . !

Re:Icebound ship in Antartica rescued! (1)

Trax3001BBS (2368736) | about 8 months ago | (#45821001)

. . . by a team of tricyclists . . . !

My first thought :}

Hey Maria, (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45819601)

On your way back through can you stop off and rescue those idiots in the boat that got themselves entombed in the ice? kthx

Re:Hey Maria, (3, Insightful)

gl4ss (559668) | about 8 months ago | (#45819675)

its a trip TO the pole.

in other words, there's a lift out of there.

Re:Hey Maria, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45819811)

Nothing can get in or out of the South Pole via air, the conditions are too harsh. You hoof it in, you hoof it back out again.

Re:Hey Maria, (4, Informative)

spike hay (534165) | about 8 months ago | (#45820293)

There's daily flights to the pole from McMurdo...

It's only in the winter you can't fly.

Re:Hey Maria, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45820915)

And for those reading with too much of an American-centric world view: It's the SOUTH pole - it's Summer there now, so these flights are active.

Re:Hey Maria, (2)

OglinTatas (710589) | about 8 months ago | (#45820185)

There is a research station at the south pole.
She can probably crash there for a few days []

My questions are:
She had a cargo rack and panniers on her trike, was that enough to carry all she needed? Did she drag a sled like many solo explorers? Was this a solo? Were there supply drops on the way? It just seems insane to attempt such a high-energy feat in such a harsh climate with the limited gear apparent in the photographs.

Congratulations, regardless of the logistics involved.

Re:Hey Maria, (1)

advocate_one (662832) | about 8 months ago | (#45821547)

It just seems insane to attempt such a high-energy feat in such a harsh climate with the limited gear apparent in the photographs.

that's why I'm very interested in finding out what her dietary regime was for the trip... Low-carb, high-fat fuelling herself from proper pemmican? Not the crap dietary "balanced" formula pemmican that caused the Scott expedition to fail.

From some quick googling, you only need one pound of proper pemmican per day (that's pemmican made the old fashioned way with just pounded dried meat mixed with rendered tallow)

Re:Hey Maria, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45826215)

The office next to mine is filled by people who've been to the South Pole to maintain a physics experiment there, and they've said while there, they saw a rare group or two that cross-country skiied or otherwise came overland to the base at the South Pole. However, as a government facility, they were not allowed to use any of the facilities other than the gift shop (seriously, there is a gift shop there as part of the contract to run the base). So they would be camping near by.

Sounds to me like she just wanted a popcycle. (2)

Tacos4Sanchez (936798) | about 8 months ago | (#45819723)

*rolls eyes at self* Pretty good chance I am going to have to award all of /. with PUNitive damages for that one.

Epic South Pole (4, Informative)

SecretSquirrel33 (1857738) | about 8 months ago | (#45819761)

In other news, Daniel Burton, a former Word Perfect and Novell software engineer, is currently attempting the first bike ride (two wheels) to the South Pole. You can follow Daniel with live blog updates at [] Daniel has quite a story switching from programmer to cycling enthusiast []

Re:Epic South Pole (0)

TheCarp (96830) | about 8 months ago | (#45820153)

Wow. Funny I was just thinking of that antarctic explorer who planned to be the first person to the south pole, and instead got to Antarctica in time to meet the expedition who beat him to it on their return trip.

Of course, his expedition ended when they got caught in a storm and all died. Hopefully this guy will not follow in that tradition.


Re:Epic South Pole (1)

gravis777 (123605) | about 8 months ago | (#45837993)

Actually, this is the same news, although I do like Daniel's blog.


Despite starting days later than her competitors Maria is significantly closer to the finish than American, Daniel Burton, and Spaniard, Juan Menendez Granados. The two men are cycling the most common route from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole on Fat Bikes – an approach that has been taken before but without success.

Then I guess (1)

rossdee (243626) | about 8 months ago | (#45819777)

So Krystal Ball, Ari Melber, Abby Huntsman and Touré will have to try to be The 1st Cycle to the North Pole then

Aokiji did it on a bicycle... (1)

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki (895364) | about 8 months ago | (#45819859)

Aokiji did it on a bicycle, though it's a bit unclear how far the distance was. He did have to freeze the water first, though.

Re:Aokiji did it on a bicycle... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45820821)


Why? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45819931)

What's the point?

I would love to see someone try it using Amundsen or Scott's equipment. Amudsen's voyage was the most remarkable because of the horrific route he took with no maps or GPS or radio....

The point is ... (1)

davidwr (791652) | about 8 months ago | (#45820071)

... one less item on your bucket list.

My question is: Who paid for this, and why? Unless it was his personal money, it seems like a waste of money.

Re:The point is ... (2)

Joce640k (829181) | about 8 months ago | (#45820337)

You don't know who "Amundsen" was, do you?

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45821357)

Both of them used a landing site and starting path plotted out by Shackleton

Re:Why? (1)

Carnildo (712617) | about 8 months ago | (#45822979)

There was an effort in 2006 to re-create the Scott expedition to see if they could figure out why it failed (see the second paragraph of [] ). They called it off before reaching the pole because the expedition members were suffering from severe weight loss.

Re:Why? (1)

plopez (54068) | about 8 months ago | (#45823579)

Amundson's route was partly mapped by Shackelton and they carried maps and sextants. Radios and GPS units did not exist at the time, which is why they decided not to use them.

Fuck Everything, We're Doing Five Wheels (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45820121)

The record is still open for a bicycle. any other idiots want to try?.

This does nothing for the world, it only get a persons name into the history books for doing stupid shit.

News for nerds?! (0)

Cyko_01 (1092499) | about 8 months ago | (#45820135)

why is this nerdy? because it was a recumbent tricycle?!

December? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45820169)

Do it in July and I will be impressed.

The brand of trike (1)

djbckr (673156) | about 8 months ago | (#45820461)

Seems the brand name of the trike is apt: ICE. I've been in the market for a trike lately and they have been a top contender. Just have to get the cash to buy one.

Maria, aged 35 from Wales (1)

Trax3001BBS (2368736) | about 8 months ago | (#45820971)

Took a lot out of her just getting there, (a direct quote).

The Singularity of World Records (1)

timeOday (582209) | about 8 months ago | (#45821031)

In Facebook Culture the number of World Firsts grow exponentially, but they also grow exponentially more bizarre and trivial, so the net effect resembles saturation instead of an explosion.

south pole? that's childs play (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45821183)

ride that cute little bike from ellesmere island (northern canada) and visit santa at the north pole.

I know WHY this is the first polar bicycle trip... (0)

Applehu Akbar (2968043) | about 8 months ago | (#45821447)

Because Antarctica has no signals or stop signs to blow through. For cyclists this, not the mercury-freezing cold or the 10,000' hills, makes it an alien, forbidding environment.

Anybody surprised that she isn't BLACK? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45822833)

Have you ever seen an African do anything like this?

Why not?

"Racism!" Of course!

Re:Anybody surprised that she isn't BLACK? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45823605)

Because they're too busy screwing your mom.

No surprise (1)

gmhowell (26755) | about 8 months ago | (#45823439)

The guy trying it in a car was probably following traffic laws, while this jackhole on a cycle likey rode through the red lights. Typical.

Re:No surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45824905)

Yes Mr Troll. Whatever you say. Circularly support your prejudices with themselves, until you dispappear up your logical arsehole.

In other news (1)

Chas (5144) | about 7 months ago | (#45824293)

Maria Leijerstam's surgery to remove the bicycle seat that'd been frostbite-fused to her backside has been successfully removed and a butt-lift in lieu of reconstructive surgery has been completed.

Douchebag achievement (1)

kurish666 (1041420) | about 7 months ago | (#45824479)

"First woman to get punched in the face at the south pole."

Everest is already dirty and overrun by extreme tourists with too much time and money. Naturally the south pole couldn't be far behind. She should try peddling across the ocean.

Re:Douchebag achievement (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45824885)

For Christ's sake. "I really think you should take a stress pill and lie down".
  What is your problem with one person doing this? Does it deserve physical violence?

ground pressure (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45831113)

How does the ground pressure of the 4.7" tires and 45+kg extra load compare with just walking? I'd imagine the 3 wheeler would provide at least 33% more. How would it compare to snow shoes? How much is needed? Is the antartic snow pretty well packed? If I tried to walk accross my yard without snowshoes, I'd be over knee deep. Would this trike be able to stay on top?

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