The Cycle Race for the South Pole: Spain's Juan Menendez Granados
Posted: May 02, 2013 08:45 pm EDT (Newsdesk) For the past two years he has been preparing for his dream destination on his bicycle, The South Pole. Juan Menendez Granados has publicly announced that he plans to cycle from the coast of Antarctica to the Geographic South Pole (90°S) at the end of the year.
The expedition will be unassisted (no resupplies) and unsupported (no vehicle support). Juan will pull all his gear, food and fuel in a 90kg sled behind his bicycle. He plans to complete the 1130km in 35 days.
He is focused on his project and on improving his skills, Juan previously said to ExplorersWeb. "It is such a difficult expedition. But it is very exciting and motivational."
We got to know Juan for his solo cycle across Lake Baikal and his trip on Greenland. This past winter he spent most of his time with his bicycle in sub-zero temperatures on snow; in Northern Norway and the Baltic. He has also been with his bicycle on snow in Canada, Siberia and Lapland before. Juan has done long distance cycle journeys in the Urals, Australia, the High Atlas Mountains and the Amazon.
Earlier Daniel Burton announced his return journey with fellow cyclist Todd Tueller and their support team. Australian Kate Leeming announced her cycle journey to the South Pole with her special 2WD fatbike and support team. All in the 2013-14 season.
Nobody has ever cycled from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.