Britain's Ben Rockett becomes first person to ride across Baffin Island in Canadian Arctic

Rider who in 2010 set LEJOGLE record spent almost a fortnight riding in sub-zero temperatures in latest adventure

by John Stevenson   April 14, 2014  

Ben Rockett rides across Baffin Island (©Ben Rockett rockettrides.com)

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::

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.

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Well done Ben, another excellent adventure!

Racer 074 for the 2014 Transcontinental Race; 2,000 miles from London to Istanbul.

http://themartincox.co.uk/2014/03/racer-074-transcontinental-race-2014/

posted by themartincox [377 posts]
14th April 2014 - 12:32

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Well done to Ben, I believe he was asked about taking part in next years New forest sportive but has said its far too dangerous!!

Chadders x

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posted by chadders [75 posts]
14th April 2014 - 19:54

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I love the ludicrous sense of adventure some people have, good on him. Makes the goals I'm working for this year seem a bit pathetic by comparison, I think I might need to do something a little tougher while I'm able to do it.

Gotta love a bike made of metal

posted by RobD [159 posts]
15th April 2014 - 7:36

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RobD wrote:
I love the ludicrous sense of adventure some people have, good on him. Makes the goals I'm working for this year seem a bit pathetic by comparison, I think I might need to do something a little tougher while I'm able to do it.

YES! Do it!!!

Racer 074 for the 2014 Transcontinental Race; 2,000 miles from London to Istanbul.

http://themartincox.co.uk/2014/03/racer-074-transcontinental-race-2014/

posted by themartincox [377 posts]
15th April 2014 - 10:21

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