Female adventurer achieves world first by cycling to South Pole

Amazing!

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Undated handout photo issued by White Ice Cycle of Maria Leijerstam, 35, who has became the first person to cycle to the  South Pole from the edge of the continent in just 10 days. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday December 27, 2013. Leijerstam, from the Vale of Glamorgan, managed the feat this morning following a gruelling 500 mile ride in "vicious" conditions. The 35-year-old set off from the Novo Russian air force base on December 16 and went head to head against two other riders - American Daniel Burton and Spaniard Juan Menendez Granados. Her team said at one point the sweat on the inside of Ms Leijerstam's boots froze and for ten days she heated her freeze-dried food by melting snow on a small stove inside her wind blasted tent. Snow drifts, complete white outs and crevasses, marred her journey too. See PA story ADVENTURE Antarctic. Photo credit should read: White Ice Cycle/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Maria Leijerstam, 35, became the first person to cycle to the South Pole from the edge of the continent in just 10 days

A female adventurer has achieved a world first after becoming the first person to cycle to the South Pole from the edge of the continent in just 10 days.

Maria Leijerstam, from the Vale of Glamorgan, managed the feat this morning following a gruelling 500 mile ride in “vicious” conditions.

The 35-year-old set off from the Novo Russian air force base on December 16 and went head to head against two other riders – American Daniel Burton and Spaniard Juan Menendez Granados.

Her team said at one point the sweat on the inside of Ms Leijerstam’s boots froze and for ten days she heated her freeze-dried food by melting snow on a small stove inside her wind blasted tent.

Snow drifts, complete white outs and crevasses…

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What does one say here. Hmmm. First, I'm a "trailing spouse". Kera, my wife, works hard and keeps us afloat. I work... not nearly as hard and contribute enough to let us have fun. Oh, I also make bags for bikepacking under the name of SpoK Werks http://www.spokwerks.com I'm an English Teacher (English as a Second Language) here in Germany. It's an amazingly rewarding thing to do. I'd never have believed it until I'd tried it. I also make bikepacking bags under the name SpoK Bags. Just search for us in Flickr. We're adventure nuts (i.e. cycling, travel, life, friends, etc.). We attempt to live each day as fully as we can manage.

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