Queenslander Conquers Winter Ultramarathon
Queensland man Troy Szczurkowski conquers world's longest winter ultramarathon in Alaska
Posted on 26.06.2017
The world’s longest winter ultramarathon is a daunting prospect for even the toughest and fittest extreme sports enthusiast.
Brisbane bike mechanic Troy Szczurkowski, 44, crossed snow and glaciers by fat bike, foot and ski as part of the 1,000-mile (1,609-kilometre) Iditarod Trail Invitational.
He was one of only a handful to finish this year’s event.
Back at home now three months on, his body is still recovering but his mind is already looking forward to next year’s challenge.
The Iditarod Invitational is no ordinary bike race — it is a hard slog where competitors have to painstakingly walk their bike, at times even carry it to continue the journey.
At points along the road the ice was treacherous, with one rider falling through to icy waters below.
“It’s a very, very frightening thing to happen,” Mr Szczurkowski said.
“You fall through the ice, very fast running water. As soon as you’re in the ice you’ve got to get out quick and try and get your clothing dry.
“Clock is ticking once that happens.”
Mr Szczurkowski was one of only six competitors to finish this year’s event.
“It was absolutely fabulous,” Mr Szczurkowski said.
“This was the winter that I’ve wanted for many years.”
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