The South Pole 2023
Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
To celebrate my World First cycle to the South Pole back in 2013, I cycled to the famous South Pole Inn, Co. Kerry starting from a point 320km away on the east edge of the "continent" of Ireland. Last time I received an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records and this time I received a pint of Guinness. It is true a Guinness in Ireland tastes better than anywhere else in the World!
UPDATE: 18th Dec 2023 Mission accomplished - 320km in 26hr 50 mins see below for more
This journey was stooped in history as well as being cold, wet, windy and very painful! It spanned the width of Ireland starting in Rosslare on the east coast and finishing 320km later at the South Pole Inn in Annascaul on the Dingle Peninsula. It took us 16hr and 56 minutes of moving time with a total elapsed time of just under 26 hours.
The South Pole Inn was established by Antarctic explorer Tom Crean who was awarded the Albert Medal for life saving. Crean was a member of three major expeditions to Antarctica during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, including Robert Falcon Scott's 1911–1913 Terra Nova Expedition.
You can read all about his fascinating and heroic life online and I am thankful to him for the fact that my South Pole journey, this time, ended in a pub with a pint of Guinness!
Having called the current owner, Gary, I was delighted that he agreed to open the pub for us, despite it being closed during December! I can highly recommend it as it is a pub and museum in one.
Riding with my good friend Nick Russill, we set off at 07:30 on December 17, exactly 10 years to the date that I began my ride in Antarctica and arrived at 10:35 on December 18.
Check out the footage
Thanks to Nick's filming, we managed to capture a little of the highs and lows.