97. Cycling to the South Pole with Maria Leijerstam

Cyclist Magazine Podcast

Jan 25 2024 • 1 hr 8 mins

On the latest episode of the podcast, James and Emma are joined by Maria Leijerstam, a British adventurer and world record holder.


In 2013 Maria became the first person to cycle to the South Pole from the edge of the continent. This epic, and rather dangerous, journey took her ten days 14 hours and 56 minutes.


We caught up with Maria to hear all about her record setting journey, the highs and the lows, what cycling in Antarctica is really like, and how she ended up deciding it was a good idea.


Maria also talks about her other adventures, including taking on the Siberian Black Ice Race which included cycling across Lake Baikal the deepest frozen freshwater lake in the world. It makes the recent frost in the UK seem a little meagre.


There is also an exclusive chat about Mrs Chippy. Intrigued? Click play.


Interview starts at: 5:21


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