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1,000 mile bicycle race across Alaska

November 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Andrew Heading

Andrew started cycling early, inspired by parents’ exploits on 3-speed sit-up-and-beg Raleighs! Cycled across Sahara to Burkina Faso in ’86, and – with brother Steve – bought first MTBs soon afterwards. Trips across the Pyrenees, Atlas Mountains, Simien Mtns of Ethiopia followed, and a first venture into Alaskan winter riding in 1998. In ’01, became first European to win the 1,100-mile Iditasport Impossible; in ’02 finished 2nd, becoming the first person ever to complete the race’s northern and southern routes human-powered. Also ride Polaris, trailquest and the UK’s ever-popular 12 and 24-hour races, usually in a team with brother Steve and Matlock riding mates Alan Sheldon and Aidan Leheup. Am lucky to live on the outskirts of Matlock, Derbyshire, which must have the UK’s best mix of MTB terrain right on the doorstep…

He will take us to a February, on a snowy startline in Alaska, where competitors gather to take part in the world’s longest winter race – the 1,000-mile Iditasport Trail Invitational (https://iditasport.com/).  A few years ago, Andy Heading was one of 125 taking part – with the simple aim of being the first European to ever complete the event.   Along the way, he encountered wolves, hallucinations and temperatures of 50 below, and followed in the footsteps of gold prospectors and husky-teams who’ve trodden this infamous trail since the late 19th century.

Web Site : http://www.lumicycle.com/individuals/andy-heading


November 27
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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