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Biking to the North Pole? Hmmm...
So I'm sitting here at home, watching the Top Gear Polar Special.
If you're not sure what I'm talking about, here's a link. You can find the episode online pretty easily.
In it, Jeremy Clarkson and James May drive a Toyota Hilux to the North Pole and Richard Hammond rides a dog sled.
This begs the question: Do you think biking to the North Pole would be possible? From Resolute, Nunavut, it's 400 miles to the pole. You figure 5 miles an hour for 8 to 10 hours would be 40-50 miles. So 10 days or so to get to the North Pole?
A heavy duty mountain bike, even loaded down with gear, would be lighter than a dog sled with 10 dogs, and a LOT lighter than a heavy duty pickup truck. 2 people could split the gear pretty efficiently and make things pretty manageable weight-wise. Cold wouldn't be awful, but possible.
The only issue I could see would be getting out. You'd have to ride the 400 miles back. Or, if you had the money, hiring a plane to evacuate you would be possible. Finding components working properly at almost -30C would be hard too.
I guess what I'm asking...is anyone interested in coming along? And has some deep pockets?
Also, for fun, what kind of bike would you take? A full suspension would come in handy as there are a lot of ice boulders and ice mountains all over. I'm not a MTB guy so I wouldn't know, but maybe a steel full suspension bike?
Just thought I'd stir some discussion and maybe motivate someone to make some history (or maybe it's already been done and google didn't tell me!).