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South Pole cyclist reflects on experience

This year brought a new landmark in both fat biking and Antarctic exploration with not just one, but three successful cycling expeditions from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole. Each one was achieved in a different style that has brought inevitable squabbling about the…

Petervarys win brutally cold Arrowhead 135

Amid a polar vortex that held temperatures into the deep minus teens and twenties, Idaho endurance cyclist Jay Petervary and his wife, Tracy Petervary, won the Arrowhead 135, a 135-mile race across northern Minnesota on the snowbound Arrowhead Trail. Jay’s time of 20 hours and…

Cyclists close in on South Pole

After nearly seven weeks out on the frozen plains of Antarctica, cyclists Juan Menendez Granados and Daniel Burton are both fewer than a hundred miles from the South Pole. As an enthusiastic observer, it’s been interesting to check in frequently with their progression south, read…

Australians attempt winter traverse of Brooks Range

Among the intriguing expeditions currently underway is two skiers’ attempt to cross Alaska’s Brooks Range during the winter. John Cantor and Evan Howard, both from Australia, are attempting to ski from Kotzebue on Alaska’s west coast to Kaktovik, a tiny village on the north coast…

A world first cycling achievement

On the day after Christmas, 35-year-old British endurance cyclist Maria Leijerstam became the first person to cycle from the Antarctic Coast to the South Pole. Using a specially designed recumbent tricycle and starting at a virtual shoreline near the base of the Leverett Glacier on…

Lesser-known performances of the year

With trail-running fans vigorously discussing candidates for the “Ultrarunner Of the Year,” and the prior post on this blog about Bikepacking Performances of the Year, I thought I’d list a few other stellar performances in the world of endurance that for the most part slipped…

Bikepacking performance of the year

Earlier this month, Scott Morris of Topofusion and Bikepacking.net brought up several outstanding individual performances in the world of bikepacking. Although this is still a small and broadly dispersed sport, 2013 did see a large number of stand-out performances that are worth noting. Which would…