Italian ultracyclist Omar Di Felice has set off on his crossing of Antarctica by bicycle.
After spending a few days in Punta Arenas, Chile, thanks to the favorable weather conditions, he was able to take the small aircraft with which he landed on Antarctic soil, at the Union Glacier base camp, with all the equipment for his crossing.
Here he remained for 6 days without being able to move due to strong winds.
At 21.00 on November 26 local time, 1 am on the 27th in Italy, Omar departed from the base of Union Glacier.
An airplane unloaded him after dinner at Hercules Inlet, and he departed from here for the first leg of his enterprise.
Now Omar will try to travel over 1,200 km to reach the South Pole, then another 600 to get to the coast of Leverett Glacier.
A feat never fully achieved by anyone on the saddle of a bicycle.
The only point where it will be possible to replenish supplies will be the base at the South Pole. If conditions allow it (the time limit for the crossing is established by 20 January 2023, the date on which the permits to stay in Antarctica will expire)), Omar will attempt to travel back again towards the South Pole.
The bicycle with which Omar will attempt the feat will be a special model of Fat Bike, developed for him by the Venetian company Wilier Triestina.
"Suddenly the wind died down and the pilot ran to call: let's go! - says Omar -. Still sitting at dinner, I closed the tent quickly and rushed. After twenty minutes I was alone, in the immensity of the Antarctica with the wind screaming loudly at me. The first 5 km were the most surreal and incredible of my life: pedaling in balance among the sastrugi (erosions of the frozen crust, ed.) created by the wind, trying to follow the track only with the help of the compass".