Here's a challenge: go outside, grab a tricycle and cover 400 miles. Doesn't sound like a lot of fun, does it? Now, imagine you're covering those 400 miles in 50-mile-per-hour winds. Also, you're on unstable ice that can be hiding massive crevasses. Finally, it's 31 degrees (Fahrenheit) below zero and you're likely to encounter white-out-producing snow storms. That little bike ride sounds a lot less appealing now, doesn't it?

35-year-old Maria Leijerstam of Great Britain will attempt to cover 400 miles in very similar conditions, as she pedals from the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica to the South Pole. Leijerstam will race two other people on normal, two-wheeled bikes, using a recumbent trike built by Inspired Cycle Engineering (or ICE, a suitable name considering the bike's task).

Gizmodo came up with a time-lapse of the bike's build process, which shows the big, knobbly tires and high-strength steel frame getting fitted together into the world's most badass three-wheeler (apologies Morgan). Take a look below for the video of the build process.


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      HollywoodF1
      • 11 Months Ago
      I have grown weary of acronyms that seem to manifest the purpose of what's being named. I've heard the term "bacronym" used in instances where they seemingly start with the intended acronym and try to come up with words to suit the acronym. Do we really think that the most obvious and appropriate words we can use to describe this endeavor is "Inspired Cycle Engineering?"
      Jarda
      • 11 Months Ago
      The real question is: Who cares?
        eideard
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jarda
        Who cares? Anyone who enjoys adventure, challenge, fitness, design, technology. If you have the brain of a dust mite, the energy level of a blivet - move along. Nothing to see here.
          eideard
          • 11 Months Ago
          @eideard
          BTW - here's coverage from the UK: http://www.gizmag.com/south-pole-fat-trike/30245/
      over9000
      • 11 Months Ago
      What does this have to do with Automobiles?
      2 wheeled menace
      • 11 Months Ago
      Reading things like this make you feel like you're a lot less crazy than you are ..lol
      Wetstuff
      • 11 Months Ago
      Jarda, Over, and 2WM .. pretty much have it completely covered. Who really gives a chit about 'Guiness' type stuff'? ei__, I have surfed for 30yrs, kited for 11, skated longer.. and as someone pretty fit - I don't give these oddball, Kardashian, record seekers credit for anything - Nada. Jim
        Upscaled
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Wetstuff
        I would be OK if you were simply indifferent, but you're displaying active annoyance that this person did what she did. Why?
      bvh
      • 11 Months Ago
      There's no "video" in this video. Not one sequence of someone riding this trike. Fail.
      • 11 Months Ago
      [blocked]
      BraveLil'Toaster
      • 11 Months Ago
      "Finally, it's 31 degrees (Fahrenheit) below zero" That sounds a bit warm for Antarctica. When I was living in northern British Columbia, it was somewhat unusual but hardly unheard of to see temperatures go below -40 (Fahrenheit or Celsius, it doesn't matter). I know that for Americans, -30 seems impossibly cold, but Antarctica has that in spades. That's more like the *nicest* weather you'd see on a trek to the south pole, not the worst.
      Narom
      • 11 Months Ago
      Poses a question asking if it will be the first trike to reach the south pole the day after it does...good work AB.
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