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Antarctica Cycling Tours

Antarctica Cycling Tours

November 22, 2017
Luxury Travel

Some of the most common tours in Antarctica include skiing and wildlife expeditions. With the heavy amount of snow and ice it can be difficult to get around, but thanks to fat bikes- bikes that have fat tire treds, travelers can ride over the snow. For those that are into cycling, this can be the ultimate adventure. Here's a little more information about cycling tours and what to expect if you want to go on one.

One Woman Started It All
Helen Skelton set out on a mission to ride to the South Pole on a bicycle. In 2012, she was able to do it thanks to her 8-inch wide bike tires. She did have to use skis for part of the journey, but covered 103 miles on her bike. Through this tour companies learned a lot about cycling in Antarctica which has paved the way for ambitious travelers.

Preparing Beforehand
A cycling tour in Antarctica isn't for those that can't handle the cold. Before a tour, participants will often have to go through an acclimation period that can last a few days. They will need to train for their tour and will have to learn some skills that are necessary for them to have the stamina to make it. It's also important that they are of the right mindset. If their attitude isn't good before their tour, chances are they will be miserable and will just end up quitting before completion.

The Actual Tour
The amount of miles you ride will depend on the tour. However, you won't be required to ride hundreds of miles in one day. This is nearly impossible, even in conditions that aren't full of snow and ice. What this means is that participants will need to be prepared to carry gear so that they can camp out in the elements each night. This is why it's so important that each participant has gone through an acclimation period before hand and gotten a bit of training. They discover that the hardest part of a cycling tour isn't the actual cycling, but dealing with the elements overnight.

If you aren't sure whether you are ready for this type of experience, you could also consider less brutal cycling tours, like those in Winnipeg. They will allow you to experience some very cold weather conditions, but not in an environment that's as harsh as Canada. It might be just what you need to prepare yourself for the ultimate cycling tour in Antarctica.

Unless you are in amazing shape, consider an Antarctica cruise that offers kayaking and some adventurous excursions even sleeping on a glacier overnight, but then you go back to the comfort and warm of your ship at the end of the day.