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ITV documentary of Maria Leijerstam's record breaking trike ride to South Pole now online

45-minute film follows 6 months of preparation & 10 days of riding across the ice cap as Welsh woman sets a first

A documentary following Maria Leijerstam, the Welsh woman who last month became the first cyclist to ride to the South Pole, is now available to watch on the ITV website. The 45-minute programme was broadcast on Tuesday evening as a Wales This Week Special.

Cameras followed the 35-year-old, who has a background as an ultramarathon runner in places as diverse as the Sahara Desert and Siberia, for six months during her preparations for her record-breaking journey.

It covers issues such as the tricycle she used for the ride, supplied by sponsor ICE Trikes, her training regime, the team of people who supported her, and the logistical challenges she faced – including a baggage weight-induced panic at the airport.

The main focus of course is the ten-day ride across the ice cap, ending in Maria’s emotional – and record-breaking – arrival at the South Pole.

You’ll find the documentary here – it’s well worth watching.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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