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    British woman becomes first to cycle to South Pole

    Maria Leijerstam, a British adventurer who prepared for four years, including training at times on an empty stomach to teach her body to become more efficient, became the first person to cycle to the South Pole.

    A great story. more here

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    An impressive ride for sure. Still wondering how the other two on their way to the South Pole will end up doing with a route of I think 300ish miles longer. It has been a fun year to follow some impressive rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chriskmurray View Post
    ...... wondering how the other two on their way to the South Pole will end up doing with a route of I think 300ish miles longer. ...
    Yeah me too. Being nether a female or a recumbent cyclist..... I do relate more to the other two groups (which are both standard style bikes and men) more. But I was very impressed with Maria Leijerstam's adventure as well. Never enough cycling news!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
    Yeah me too. Being nether a female or a recumbent cyclist..... I do relate more to the other two groups (which are both standard style bikes and men) more. But I was very impressed with Maria Leijerstam's adventure as well. Never enough cycling news!
    It has been a fun year, I really enjoyed following Billy Rice on his "yo-yo" on the Tour Divide.

    These South Pole expeditions have been exciting as well. I am especially excited about seeing how Daniel Burton does. I am still excited knowing I built his replacement rear wheel that he will be picking up at I believe his next gear drop. His freehub blew and for some reason he did not bring any spare wheel parts to the South Pole so his team had us build up a replacement for him about a week ago. Still not sure why he did not at least bring some spare hub parts but it does help having DHL as a sponsor....

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    Quote Originally Posted by chriskmurray View Post
    ...... I am still excited knowing I built his replacement rear wheel that he will be picking up at I believe his next gear drop.
    It's cool to be a part of something really big. Amazing how small the world can seem to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
    It's cool to be a part of something really big. Amazing how small the world can seem to be.
    That is the truth. As much as I hate to admit it, forums and facebook have really drove that point home for me.

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    And I don't like to ride when there's frost on the grass in my front yard, that's more than impressive!

    Anyone see the Top Gear where they were the first to drive to the North Pole? Has anyone cycled that yet?

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    Daniel Burton made it! Juan, the skier/biker also made it a few days ago.

    http://epicsouthpole.blogspot.com/20...l#comment-form

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    Quote Originally Posted by chriskmurray View Post
    Daniel Burton made it! Juan, the skier/biker also made it a few days ago.

    http://epicsouthpole.blogspot.com/20...l#comment-form
    Not much press on Burton's ride, as compared to Leijerstam on the trike. Both deserve accolades. Burton had a tough go of it and made it. Nice job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfinch View Post
    Not much press on Burton's ride, as compared to Leijerstam on the trike. Both deserve accolades. Burton had a tough go of it and made it. Nice job.
    Both are without a doubt great athletes. I am guessing she simply did a better job advertising herself. Daniels preparation seemed to be behind from the very begining and he probably did not have the time to get word out as well as he would have hoped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bknaus View Post
    Anyone see the Top Gear where they were the first to drive to the North Pole? Has anyone cycled that yet?
    They went to the magnetic north pole. About 78 north. I'm not sure anyone has driven to the true north pole.

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