Women are getting out there and setting themselves incredible feats of strength in cycling. Pushing through personal boundaries, overcoming illnesses and raising money for wonderful causes, and Dr Kate Leeming is the Arctic queen of them all.
With the freedom machine between your legs, you can explore some beautiful landscapes, make memories and pedal your way to fitness. So why not push it a little further and take on an amazing feat, for a great cause?
We first heard about Kate Leeming when a video popped up in our inbox showing a very bundled up women, cycling across Greenland on a fatbike. We were hooked by her story, and the mammoth cycle she’s been planning for later this year.
Who is Kate Leeming?
Australian born sports enthusiast, Dr Kate Leeming, has always been one for active hobbies and pushing her strengths. Having once been ranked 2nd in the World for professional Tennis, Kate has just about competed in almost all sports… except cycling.
After discovering the freedom and fun that two wheels can give you, Kate began clocking up the miles in no time, and began exploring the World at her pedal strokes. When asked why travel by bike, Kate says: “I choose to travel by bicycle for the close connection I make with the people and the land; I love bringing a line on a map to life, and it gives a great sense of place, a realistic perspective of how the world fits together.”
For us, a cycle challenge may be in the form of a sportive, or a charity endurance event, something that’s difficult, new and will challenge our mental and physical limits. For Kate, she’s taken it to the next step.
With a wonderful sense of adventure and a bike to get her there, Kate set of covering miles around the globe. Cycling from St Petersburg to Vladivostok in Russia, to covering 25,000km through Australia, and 22,000km from Senegal to Somalia, Africa. For each of her multi-day challenges, Kate cycled for a cause she believed in: The Children of Chernobyl in Russia, Australia was about education for sustainable development, and in Africa Kate was exploring the causes and effects of extreme poverty.
With thousands of miles worth of cycling experience, Kate has been getting ready for her biggest challenge yet: The Antarctic…