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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…

Three cyclists gear up for Antarctica

This year’s Antarctic season is gearing up to be an entertaining one for cycling enthusiasts, with three adventurers planning separate solo expeditions in an effort to become the first person to take a bicycle (or tricycle) from the edge of the continent to the South…

Are 200-mile races the next big thing?

Earlier this month, Bellingham-based distance runner Candice Burt introduced a new event that would be the first of its kind in the United States — a single-loop, 200-mile nonstop foot race circumnavigating Lake Tahoe. The single-stage event, slated for Sept. 5, 2014, promises a “unique and…

Focus

It’s been almost a year since I launched this blog, which I hoped to build into a news and commentary site about ultra-endurance running and cycling, as well as the occasional mountaineering and polar expedition. The first eleven months of Half Past Done have been…