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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Video: Will this be the first trike ever to reach the South Pole?