Italian ultra-endurance cyclist returns to Antarctica crossing where isolation is the enemy

04 November 2023 11:00
In his first attempt to traverse Antarctica last year, Omar Di Felice was prepared for minus 38C temperatures and gale force winds — but not extreme lonelinessIn his attempt last year to undertake the first coast-to-coast crossing of Antarctica by bicycle, Italy’s Omar Di Felice thought he had prepared for everything. The experienced ultra-endurance cyclist had a customised, wide-tyred steel bicycle, known as a “fatbike”, enough supplies for an unsupported, 60-day crossing and clothing to keep him warm through temperatures as low as minus 38C.Only he had not reckoned with the mental challenges of undertaking such a journey – especially as his family went through personal problems back in Italy. Last December, eight days and almost 100km into the expedition, Di Felice decided to pull the pin. Continue readingread full article

Source: TheGuardian