Polar Bear Double Crossing … Lake Winnipeg by Fat bike

Tom's Polar Bear Double Cross Map

Gregory McNeil contacted me a few days back about an article he was working on for Community News Commons about the Polar Bear Run (winter run event across Lake Winnipeg) last year and the first inclusion of Fat Bikers.  I joined Ian Hall, KC Turczak, Pete McAdams and Jason Carter as one of the ‘fattie’ riders who made the Double Crossing.  It was a tough 8 hour slog, but awesome and worth all the effort to earn the amazingly surreal views … especially at sunrise!

Here’s Gregory’s article – enjoy and be motivated:
http://www.communitynewscommons.org/culture/polar-bear-adventure-makes-memories-that-last/

Photo Dump tells the story of our ride!

Pic 1
My trusty steed … ‘Mr. Pugsley’ (Surly Pugsley 3.7 Inch wide tires with pressure down to 6 PSI = floatation without flatting)

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It was a cold, dark and windy (as in snow wind-drifts) tough start …

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Jason Carter leading as we cross many new/soft wind-drifts (notice the snowmobile trail marker on the left – every couple hundred feet) …

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Here’s a marked crossing for a major ice crack line (good to know)!
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Pogies were definitely required to keep your hands toasty warm! 🙂

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Taking a break just before the sun came up – already looking surreal!

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Here’s what I think was my best GoPro screen-cap picture of the Double Crossing last year (Jason Carter at sunrise).  We thought we were riding in Antarctica!  13 Kms/8Miles from the nearest land meant it was not in sight in the middle of the lake! WOW!!

Pic 3
My ‘Polar Bear’ Hero shot! 🙂

Pic 2b
Jason’s Hero shot!

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Back at it and another crack crossing …

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Shoreline in sight on the west side just south of Gimli …

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Getting
back near the east shoreline just south of Grand Beach …

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On our return leg we spotted this ice crystal spire sticking up 4 feet!

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