May 24, 2016
May 24, 2016
One Door Closes, and Others Open
Today we make the difficult announcement that the Last Degree fat bike expedition planned for December will not go ahead. In its place we have some exciting new projects in development.
Due to the increasing costs and logistical requirements by our partners in Antarctica, we were unable to reach the minimum number of people required to make this project a reality.
In the past 12 months we have invested a lot of time and efforts in this endeavor and are disappointed at how it’s turned out. Nevertheless we are glad we tried and have no regrets. We certainly learned a lot along the way and through our efforts, we introduced a wider audience to our company and the cycling tours we offer.
The biggest lesson for us is to remember to focus on what we are good at – running tours where we can have control over the planning, pricing and operation. In Antarctica, that was simply not possible.
What will our next big project be? We have several new projects in development such as this summer’s first French Connection from Quebec City to new Orleans cycling tour, to a new Madagascar tour (check out the latest photos from our research trip currently underway). A new European tour will be announced later this week and we begin scouting a massive new cycling expedition in Africa later this year – Tour d’Afrique West from Dakar to Cape Town is tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2018. The official announcement will come in our October newsletter, so make sure you check it out.
We have become experts at launching ambitious cycling expeditions all over the globe. We have now had over 1500 people take up the challenge of cycling our tours. Our 15th anniversary edition of the Cairo to Cape Town event gets underway in January. This summer’s French Connection cycle tour we be our 50th cycling tour since our inception and we have no plans of slowing down. And more new tours are on the drawing board.
Great Support from our Sponsors
We want to thank our sponsors who generously provided us with support in various ways on the Antarctica project.
Specialized, our lead sponsor made our Lake Winnipeg training camp a huge success. With their fat bikes proving their worth on the lake. Specialized was the first sponsor we secured, and it was a great partnership from day one. Read our partnership announcement here.
And to GoalZero, Clif Bar. Apidura, and Nalgene – thank you for contributing product for our expedition. It is greatly appreciated and we hope to partner with you again in the near future.
Need Some Antarctica Advice?
Though we won’t be running any cycle events in Antarctica, you may still be planning something yourself. If you are looking for some advice, we would be happy to share what we learned and direct you to those that do run tourist trips and other expeditions on the frozen continent. Send us an email.