Sir Chris Hoy has revealed his ambition to cycle to the South Pole. However, the Scottish Sun reports that he is still on the lookout for a team-mate to undertake the journey alongside him.
Hoy outlined his plans on Top Gear, where he set a record lap in the Star in A Reasonably Fast Car segment.
“It’s a strange and huge challenge,” he said of his project. “I’m trying to find somebody stupid enough to do it with me. We’re chatting to a few people.”
He seems to be serious about it though, saying that his team are heading to Iceland to build an appropriate bike.
“It’s going to have to be able to deal with minus whatever the temperature,” he pointed out.
In 2012, Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton completed a 500-mile journey to the South Pole in aid of Sport Relief that saw her employ three different modes of transport: a kite ski, cross-country skis and an ice bike. It was said to have been the first time a bicycle had been used in an attempt to reach the pole.
In 2013, Great Britain’s Maria Leijerstram reached the destination by trike, becoming the first person to cycle the entire journey.
The Scottish Sun also reports how Hoy recently backed a group of “raunchy porn star cyclists” – the Porn Pedallers – ahead of a charity ride they were undertaking.
— Porn Pedallers (@pornpedallers) March 9, 2017
— Porn Pedallers (@pornpedallers) March 10, 2017
The Porn Pedallers, who describes themselves as “a ramshackle bunch of cycling enthusiasts who happen to work in or around the UK adult entertainment industry,” were riding from London to Belgium in time for last weekend’s Tour of Flanders.
One of their number was attempting to raise £10,000 to help pay for a friend’s son’s cancer treatment.
— Porn Pedallers (@pornpedallers) April 1, 2017