Saturday, January 12, 2013
Longest bicycle journey in Antarctica: Eric Larsen breaks Guinness world record
After covering 175 miles, one quarter the distance to the South Pole, on his Surly Monlander 'Fat Bike' loaded down with 100 pounds of gear, in an attempt to complete the Cycle South expedition,
polar adventure Larsen
had to make the difficult decision to turn around as surface snow conditions prevented him from covering enough miles before his food and supplies ran out; in cycling another 160 miles back to a safe pick up point, Larsen unknowingly achieved another world record: The longest bicycle journey in Antarctic history,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
The Guinness world record for the longest journey by skateboard was 12,159 km (7,555miles) and was completed by Rob Thomson (New Zealand) starting in Leysin, Switzerland on 24 June 2007 and finishing in Shanghai, China.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the longest snowmobile journey; it totalled 19,574.45 km (12,163 m) driven by Robert G. Davis (USA) on his Yamaha RS Venture snowmobile, during a 60 day period.
Despite the abbreviate adventure, Larsen remains dedicated to continuing his advocacy work and raising $10,000 for the Boulder-based nonprofit Davis Phinney Foundation. Phinney is an ex-bike racer and was one of the first Americans to win a stage in the Tour de France and was later diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.
Larsen is particularly close to this issue as his own father has Parkinson's Disease.
Another 'first' that was reached during the Cycle South expedition was real-time location tracking via DeLorme's inReach satellite beacon. Larsen had the ability to send and receive texts via the beacon during prearranged media events.
Cold and remote is nothing new to Larsen. He has led three successful skiing expeditions to the South Pole spending seven months total in Antarctica to date.
In 2010, he completed the Save the Poles expedition, a world record journey to the South Pole, North Pole and top of Mt. Everest in a 365-day period.
In 2006, he completed the first ever summer expedition to the North Pole.
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Ryan Galbraith and Chris Stinson
Saturday, January 12, 2013 9:45 AM