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Cool. I watched some interview with him awhile back. It will be fun to follow.
 

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Pretty cool that he chose the Moonlander for his mission. Hopefully he doesn't have to fix any flats in -60f weather!
 

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Brilliant. Wish I was there.
 

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Unreal journey ! Best of luck.
 

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I found myself BS'ing with him during the AH135 a few years ago. He asked if I had any words of Arrowhead wisdom as I'd finished a few times and it was the first time he was racing.

Post race I found out who I was talking to.

Yup, I told an accomplished polar explorer to get some dry socks at the checkpoints so your feet stay warm....
 

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What an incredible adventure, I really wish could be part of something like this one day.

Nice video by the way. Those new offset Moonlander forks are scary twisted
 

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We're in the process of working up a whole page specifically about Larsen's Moonlander, but here is some interesting custom stuff that's being done for the trip:

Custom racks A-Train Cycles in Minneapolis is making:



(This is not the actual bike that is going, but one used for test fitting the racks.)

In addition to these custom racks, Eric is having custom, ultra-light and aerodynamic-shaped panniers made by Granite Gear. These were just prototypes that we took up to Churchill and Eric has spec'd a few changes based on that experience. You can see where the internal shape wall has been drilled with big holes to save weight. The outside is basically super-thin tent material. These are the lightest panniers I've ever seen.



He's also working on custom boots and once those are completed I'll post some pics.
 

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For anyone in the Minnesota area, Eric will be presenting at the Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Expo this weekend, as well as hanging out in the Granite Gear booth for a while. Stop in, see his excellent presentation and ask him all kinds of pointed and difficult questions about the Cycle South adventure :)

As much of the gear as we'll have ready should be there, too.

Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/425163414203621/
 

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Bit of an update on the Cycle South antarctica project...

Still collecting up all the pieces of gear and the packing process for the first leg of the trip from Colorado to Chile. Some custom products from Revelate Designs are on the way and should arrive perhaps today. The panniers are being finished in MN by Granite Gear and those (and the A-Train racks) will be shipped to CO next week. When those are all together, I'll take a bunch of pics and post them here for those interested in seeing the special products being developed.

Blog post on prep: Polar Explorer Eric Larsen

Radio interview with Eric:
Not your ordinary bike trip...this one's to the South Pole | WTIP North Shore Community Radio, Cook County, Minnesota

Follow along at Polar Explorer Eric Larsen or https://www.facebook.com/EricLarsenExplore

Finally - a photo of yours truly from the training mission Eric and I took to Hudson Bay last spring:

 
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