A cyclist from Bath has become the first person ever to ride a bike across Canada's Baffin Island, which lies inside the Arctic Circle and has an annual average temperature of -10 degrees Celsius.
Ben Rockett, who in 2010 set a record of 5 days 21 hours for riding from Land's End to John O'Groat's and back, took less than a fortnight to complete his latest adventure, reports the Bath Chronicle.
The 26-year-old undertook the 200-mile ride on a bespoke titanium snow bike made by Qoroz, with components produced and modified by Hope Technology, wheels from Strada and tungsten studded tyres by SupaTracks.
Prior to heading to Baffin Island in late March, Rockett sought advice on how to deal with the harsh conditions from polar explorer David Hempleman-Adams, who provided advice on training and co-ordinated the logistics of the expedition.
THe ride was undertaken to raise money for the charity Action for Children, and donations on Just Giving currently total £1,042.15.
Upon completing his ride last Tuesday, Rockett tweeted::
— Ben Rockett (@BenRockett) April 8, 2014
You can find out more background on the ride and on Rockett's other activities, including that LEJOGLE ride in which he averaged more than 300 miles a day, on his website.
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.