Just back from a grueling effort in Antarctica, Eric Larsen continues his efforts to demonstrate how people can use a bicycle to change lives.
Boulder, CO (PRWEB) January 11, 2013
Leaving the edge of the Antarctic continent, Hercules Inlet, on Dec. 20, 2012, polar adventurer Eric Larsen started pedaling his Surly Moonlander ‘Fat Bike’ loaded down with 100 pounds of gear in an attempt to complete the Cycle South expedition, a first ever bicycle traverse of Antarctica to the Geographic South Pole.
“My adventures use the story of unique journeys to talk about bigger issues,” Eric Larsen says. “This expedition combined two of my greatest loves – winter and biking. Of course the real focus of Cycle South was to demonstrate how people can use bicycles to protect the environment, improve the lives of people in developing nations and fight Parkinson’s Disease.”
After covering 175 miles, one quarter the distance to the South Pole, Larsen had to make the difficult decision to turn around as surface snow conditions prevented him from covering enough miles before his food and supplies ran out. In cycling another 160 miles back to a safe pick up point, Larsen unknowingly achieved another world record: The longest bicycle journey in Antarctic history.
Despite the abbreviate adventure, Larsen remains dedicated to continuing his advocacy work and raising $10,000 for the Boulder-based nonprofit Davis Phinney Foundation. Phinney is an ex-bike racer and was one of the first Americans to win a stage in the Tour de France and was later diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Larsen is particularly close to this issue as his own father has Parkinson’s Disease.
From his blog post on Dec. 28, “At least I CAN turn around. My dad and all the other people suffering with Parkinson’s Disease have no other choice but to continue forward day after day, year after year. Understanding this simple fact seemed to put my whole expedition into perspective as well as the real goal of this trip: to help raise awareness for the groundbreaking research that is being done by the Davis Phinney Foundation and their efforts to use bicycles to help improve the lives of those who live with Parkinson’s.”