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The Expedition

No place on Earth is comparable to Antarctica. As one of the harshest environments on the planet, expeditions to Antarctica demonstrate man's urge to push himself beyond the comfort zone and his ability to survive in the worst conditions; all in order to experience the thrill of discovery. Severe temperatures, ferocious, dry winds, blizzards, whiteouts, and weather changes make crossing Antarctica an extreme challenge.

Since 2013 a few brave adventurers have dared to traverse the snow trails with their bikes, challenging nature by cycling to the remotest places.

Now Leandro wants to go even further. He will attempt the first fat-bike crossing of Antarctica. The expedition will take 55 days during the Antarctica summer, in which he will be facing temperatures from -10°C to -40°C.

The starting point of the expedition is the Ross Ice Shelf. He will cycle up the Leverett Glacier, cross the Antarctic Plateau, and after climbing almost 3,000 meters in around 3 weeks, Leandro will reach the South Pole. From the South Pole it will be around 5 weeks downhill until reaching his final destination on the edge of the frozen continent, at Hercules Inlet. In all he will have covered about 1.800 km.

Logistics

An expedition to Antarctica is an endeavor that requires not only physical endurance, specific skills and commitment, but also serious logistic support. This will be provided by ALE (Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions). ALE is one of the most experienced private logistic companies operating in Antarctica. It works for governments and the scientific community and supports the majority of expeditions taking place there.

Leandro will have a 24/7 support team from ALE, which will monitor the progress of his expedition and be always ready in case of an emergency.

Teaching from Antarctica

Teacher Le (Le Laoshi) will be far away from his pupils, but the fun of his classes will continue. Leandro will be in touch with his little kids in Shanghai throughout the whole adventure with weekly satellite calls from the coldest and most isolated place on the planet. A wonderful opportunity to stir the children’s curiosity about this part of the world and, who knows, inspire them to one day become explorers themselves!