Adventure-seekers and avid cyclists have a new thrill to consider — TDA Global Cycling will offer the first commercial cycling tour to Antarctica. Though the Toronto-based adventure company is known for its demanding five-month-long rides from Cairo to Cape Town or along the Silk Road from China to Istanbul, the “Last Degree” expedition is positioned as its most challenging ride yet.
The December 2016 trip will be about 10 days. Participants will travel to the southern end of Chile and then be flown to Antarctica. After a two-day acclimation period, they will then fly to the last degree of latitude to begin a seven-day cycle ride to the South Pole. In preparation for the trip, participants will be required to train in a weeklong camp on Lake Winnipeg, Canada, beginning in February 2016, to ensure they have the necessary skills and fitness level. The most important factors, said Henry Gold, the founder of TBA Global Cycling, are “to be in good physical shape, be healthy and have the right attitude.”
The adventure doesn’t come cheap: Travelers should expect a fee upward of $75,000.