Spaniard to cycle Greenland snow cap

Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:15 am EST

(Correne Coetzer) Juan Menendez Granados is known for his cycle expeditions on snow and ice, in high mountains and rainforests, and across deserts. This coming April and May he wants to cross the Greenland Ice Cap on his bicycle.

His plan is to start on April 20 from Kangerlussuaq and follow the horizontal route more or less along the Arctic Circle to Isortoq. He would have liked to follow a new route, he says to ExplorersWeb, but that cost more money.

Having done the crossing of Lake Baikal all on his own on his bicycle a few years ago, ExplorersWeb asked him if the Greenland authorities will allow him to go alone as they are very strict with not allowing solos. “No, I cannot go completely alone. I tried it, but they are very strict. I will go with a TV crew, but “alone” – I’ll be self-sufficient.”

There are some difficulties in doing such an expedition with a bicycle, he added. “Still I have some doubts about the best solution. I will keep you informed! Of course, I have to do some skiing in the most difficult parts and after big storms.”

His game plan is to do at least 30km per day, but he hopes to do more with good snow conditions. “Still I have to do some more real tests with all the equipment.”

“I would like to do it in 21 days maximum, but same as before, I have to test more; all the possible variants.”

Below Juan Menéndez Granados Greenland cycle promo video with Norwegian polar explorers Børge Ousland and Lars Ebbesen:

Greenland from Dokumalia on Vimeo.

Between March and April 2008, Juan cycled the 2300 km from Helsinki to North Cape, the northernmost point in Europe. In 2009 his Arctic adventure in Canada took him on an 1800 kilometer journey over ice roads where he had to cope with temperatures as low as -30ºC.

During his ‘Australia Infernal Track’ expedition, Juan crossed the Australian continent in three months from west to east via its main deserts where he had to endure temperatures of over 45ºC and a severe lack of water.

He also crossed the Ural Mountains, ending up in the Arctic Circle. In South America he cycled the Andes and the Amazon basin.

In 2011 Juan Menéndez Granados received the Spanish Geographical Society ‘Journey of the Year’ Award for his Lake Baikal Expedition.


Juan pulling tires to get fit for Greenland’s sledge-hauling and cycling.
Image by Javi Garcia courtesy Juan Menendez Granados

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