Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

November 4, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Haas on Lachlan Morton: ‘His potential is limitless if he wants it to be’; Armstrong appears in federal court as judge hears arguments; Helen Wyman posts update on medical condition; The Death of the Local Bike Shop?; Bike stolen from cyclist killed in hit-and-run; British Cycling emphasising ‘culture’ in search for performance director; Bjarne Riis becomes partner in Danish team Virtu Pro-Veloconcept; Stan Siejka Classic final race for Tasmanian trio of Goss, Sulzberger brothers; Trek issues recall of select Farley fatbike models; Cyclist crowdfunding South Pole record attempt; Research studies of air pollution affects high-speed cyclists; Researchers test altruism with staged bicycle accident; Strider Bike World Championship.

Cyclist crowdfunding South Pole record attempt

by CyclingTips

Adventure cyclist Dr. Kate Leeming, from Melbourne, wants to be the first person to cycle across Antarctica via the South Pole, and has turned to crowdfunding to raise the $40,000 needed for the attempt, including a custom all-wheel drive fat bike.

“In November/December/January 2017-2018 I am planning my most ambitious expedition yet – to cycle across the continent of Antarctica via the South Pole,” she wrote.

“As with my previous expeditions, I will be combining my passions and skills for expedition cycling, planning and presenting with philanthropy and education, though Breaking the Cycle South Pole is going to push my boundaries to a whole new level.”

Christini bikes, a Philadelphia based company, developed a bespoke bike with a mechanical all wheel drive system, which delivers power from the rear of the bicycle to the front wheel through a series of gears, shafts and chain. The AWD fat bike costs $4,995 (€4,500) and is only available via the Kickstarter campaign.

“Several people have tried to cycle to the South Pole, no-one has yet succeeded. This bike, I believe, will give me the opportunity to succeed and be the first person to cycle to the South Pole.”

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