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Thursday, January 09, 2014 - 04:44 PM
Maria, aged 35 from Wales, raced two men for the title and arrived at the pole hundreds of miles ahead of her nearest rival.
After 10 days cycling Maria completed the 400 mile expedition at approximately 1am GMT on the 27th December 2013.
Despite starting days later than her competitors Maria made quick progress on a recumbent trike designed specifically for the challenge by Inspired Cycle Engineering. The custom-made trike is stable and aerodynamic, which has allowed Maria to focus her energy on progressing through the gale-force winds and hazardous terrain.
The cycles design is based on a standard ICE Sprint recumbent trike with modifications to ensure it can tackle the rigorous challenge ahead. The frame is made, as standard, from aircraft-grade steel selected for its strength and fatigue resistance. It is fitted with 4.5 inch-wide snow tires for unsurpassed traction and float over snow and ice. The gears are effectively twice as easy as a standard mountain bike, which would allow Maria to climb 1-in-3 gradients.
The ability to climb hills with relative ease meant that Maria could take a shorter route to the pole than her competitors, which required scaling the formidable Transantarctic Mountains; a similar route to that of Scott and Amundsen in their legendary South Pole expeditions. On the recumbent trike Maria was able to ascend the Leverett Glacier, despite strong headwinds and deep snow, to reach the polar plateau.
"The trike is amazing. It's completely stable, even in extreme winds and I can take on long steep hills that I'd never be able to climb on a bike" said Maria.
With the mountains and glacier behind her Maria then faced over 300 miles of the polar plateau. The snow, wind and sastrugi made progress slow and arduous, but by cycling in 12 hour stints Maria continued to progress 25-35 miles (40-60km) each day.
After a well-deserved celebration, call home and rest, Maria will return to her home in Wales where she will no doubt start planning her next mammoth expedition.
Huge congratulations to Maria from everyone at ICE Trikes!
Monday, December 23, 2013 - 06:46 AM
British adventurer Maria Leijerstam is well ahead of her two male rivals in a race to be the first to cycle to the South Pole. Earlier today Maria crossed the halfway point, extending the gap between her and her closest rival to a massive 250 miles (400km).
Despite starting days later than her competitors Maria is significantly closer to the finish than American, Daniel Burton, and Spaniard, Juan Menendez Granados. The two men are cycling the most common route from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole on Fat Bikes – an approach that has been taken before but without success.
Maria has taken a different strategy: she’s riding a recumbent trike, specially designed for the challenge by Inspired Cycle Engineering.
“Fat bikes fail because they get blown over in the high winds, or can’t ride fast enough through the snow to stay upright” said Maria.
The custom-made trike is stable and aerodynamic, which enables Maria to focus her energy on progressing through the gale-force winds and hazardous terrain.
The ability to climb hills with relative ease is a huge advantage for Maria. It has enabled her to take a different, shorter, route which requires climbing the formidable Transantarctic Mountains; a similar route to that of Scott and Amundsen in their legendary South Pole expeditions. Maria identified the Leverett Glacier as a cyclable route through the mountains to the polar plateau. In the first three days Maria climbed from sea level to nearly 8700 feet (2650m) on the recumbent trike against very strong head winds and deep snow.
“The trike is amazing. It’s completely stable , even in extreme winds and I can take on long steep hills that I’d never be able to climb on a bike” said Maria.
With the glacier behind her Maria faced over 300 miles of the polar plateaux. The snow, wind and sastrugi made progress slow and arduous, but by cycling in 12 hours stints Maria continued to progress 25-35 miles (40 – 60km) each day. Earlier today Maria crossed the halfway point on her 400 mile (650km) race.
After a hard days’ cycling just getting her tent up in the ferocious winds is a challenge. From the relative comfort of her tent Maria updates her @whiteicecycle Twitter feed, and a tracker records her progress on her website www.whiteicecycle.com.
Maintaining her current pace Maria should reach the South Pole well ahead of schedule, but will still have to forego Christmas celebrations for a hard days’ cycling.
Monday, December 23, 2013 - 02:57 AM
Inspired Cycle Engineering Ltd (ICE Trikes) announces the launch of their brand new ICE Neck Rest, available on both mesh and hard-shell ICE seats. ICE is driven to provide accessories that meet the same high standard as their trikes providing a seamlessly high quality product.
ICE’s design team have returned to the drawing board to redesign the ICE Neck Rest. The outcome is yet another breakthrough in design. The newly designed fitting systems for both seat configurations as well as a brand new Neck Rest Frame and Padding System make it the most comfortable, simple and adaptable Neck Rest on the market.
The new clamps massively reduce the time taken to fit and adjust the Neck Rest. This has been achieved by reducing the amount of assembly components. ICE has also strengthened the clamping system on mesh seats to prevent the clamp from rotating around the seat frame. Both fitting systems allow the height and angle of the neck rest to be adjusted.
The Neck Rest frame is made from a high strength aluminium bar rail that provides a balance of strength and comfort. The uprights are now a standard bike saddle rail width to allow the clamping of standard bike accessories.
The Padding system is now made from two parts. An adjustable tensioning strap that fits around the Neck Rest frame allows the rider to alter the tension and support of the Neck Rest and the Pad.
The Pad itself is wider than its predecessor for better weight distribution. The cover contains a dense piece of foam selected by ICE to provide optimum support and comfort. The foam is easily accessible so that it can be removed when the cover is washed. The cover, made from a breathable material then wraps around the tension strap using Velcro. The rear of the cover now has a highly reflective strip for improved visibility.
Realising that the Neck Rest is also used to manoeuvre the trike by hand ICE have incorporated a handle into the frame making it even easier to move the trike around.