#GOINGPLACES – OMAR DI FELICE FROM HELSINKI TO NORDKAPP
Still looking for new adventures beyond the limits of human endurance, the Ultra Cyclist Omar di Felice rode from Helsinki to Nordkapp – 1600km in nine stages – in cold and extreme conditions. This was his last journey in the Arctic, where he reached the Nordkapp for the third time in February.
I have always been fascinated by the explorers who made winter passage expeditions, but no one thought before to undertake a long ride on the ice with a road bike.
It became my mission over the years: rewriting the rules of winter cycling in search of the extreme.
Riding in those extreme conditions surrounded by such scenery is undoubtedly a tough experience, but it repays you by offering emotions that really are hard to explain.
The biggest difficulty was facing the extreme cold (always between -10° and -20° C) and maintaining, at the same time, athletic performance. That means riding stages of over 200km at a high average speed.
Finding the right balance is not easy, but by the end you are fully satisfied by the landscapes, by the feeling of accomplishment and the awareness of having done something unique.
In the summertime the rides can be recommended for bicycle touring, for those who want to discover the natural beauties of this country.
The AeroComfort 3.0 travel bike bag is my inseparable traveling companion when I travel by plane or by train. It takes only few minutes to pack the bike and I am sure to find it safe at destination without any damage.
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