A cycling holiday can bring you may things – great trails, amazing locations and glorious weather – but how many of your holidays have allowed you to complete a world first?
Well one cycling touring company is offering you the chance to take part in the world’s first group fat bike expedition to the South Pole.
The Last Degree tour will see riders being dropped off at a base camp with a latitude of 89 degrees south. They will then cycle 20km a day until they reach the geographical South Pole. While this expedition has been done solo before, it is the first time a it will be attempted by a group of fat bikers.
20km a day may sound like a walk in the park but when you factor in temperatures of -40°C, thick snow and vicious headwinds it becomes a monumental challenge. In fact, to ensure they are up for the challenge, participants must complete a training camp in Winnipeg prior to the experience.
TDA Global Cycling has posted an itinerary on its website that looks a bit like this:
Day 1 to 4: Punta Arenas
Testing equipment, safety briefings, gear inspection, environmental standards assessment.
Day 5 to 7: Union Glacier base camp
4.5hr flight to Union Glacier base camp. Welcome dinner. An overnight ride out of Union Glacier base camp to fine tune our equipment, and gear.
Day 8 to 16: Fat Bike to the South Pole
Flight to the 89°S latitude. Expedition to South Pole. Approximately 20 km riding per day on average (adjusting to conditions), with additional days built into the schedule for potential bad weather, riding conditions, injury/ailment or any other unforeseen delays. Arrive at the Geographic South Pole, South Pole camp and research station. Evening celebration.
Day 17 to 18: Return to Punta Arenas
Fly back to Union Glacier base camp. Official celebration, awards and certificate of completion. Flight back to Punta Arenas and transfer to the hotel. Reception at the hotel bar to celebrate the successful first group fat bike expedition to the Last Degree.
It all sounds amazing, of course, but there’s one drawback. It’s going to cost you $70,000. TDA Global Cycling justifies the cost due to the inaccessible nature of the South Pole and environmental and sustainability factors that have to be considered. It’s worth saying the cost does include a fat bike (that you get to keep), full support and, of course, a certificate. The whole trip works out costing roughly the same as an expedition up Everest.
For more information and to enter, click here.