28 Dec 2013

Sth Pole reached by woman on cycle

12:26 pm on 28 December 2013

A Welsh woman has reached the South Pole by cycle.

Maria Leijerstam, 35, from the Vale of Glamorgan, set off from the Novo Russian air force base on 16 December on a purpose-built recumbent cycle.

The BBC reports she beat two males in a challenge to ride 800km across Antarctica in 10 days.

In 1911 Norwegian Roald Amundsen was the first person to reach the South Pole using long skis.

He was five weeks ahead of an expedition party led by Robert Falcon Scott. Scott and his four companions died on their return journey.