Dirigo Stories: Maine-built bike on trek across Antarctica

Davis Carver, owner of Carver Bikes and Bath Cycle & Ski in Woolwich, poses with a fat-tire bike they built for a Canadian man riding it across Antarctica (Courtesy of Davis Carver).

WOOLWICH (WGME) -- A bike built in Maine is on an incredible trek across Antarctica.

Carver Bikes and Bath Cylce and Ski in Woolwich designed a fat-tire bike hoping to withstand brutal winter conditions.

They built it for Hank Van Weelden, of Alberta, Canada, who is currently riding it 700 miles across Antarctica, as first reported by our partners at the Bangor Daily News.

Davis Carver, who owns the bike shop, says it took about a year to build. They worked closely with Van Weelden to design it. Carver says it has four, five-inch wide wheels. It has a longer frame than a typical bike and has an internal gear box.

Carver hopes it's enough to get Van Weelden through his trip from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.

Nine people have tried it. Only one has succeeded.

According to Van Weelden's page on Facebook, "Hank's Antarctic Adventure," the trip hasn't been easy so far. He jokes that it should be called "Hank's Antarctic Suffer Fest."

Carver and his team are following Van Weelden's journey closely.

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