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Man riding Maine-made bike across Antarctica ends his journey

Hank Van Weelden was attempting to ride this fat tire bike 700 miles across Antarctica on a bike designed and build by Carver Bikes and Bath Cycle and Ski in Woolwich. (Hank Van Weelden)

WOOLRICH (WGME) -- A Canadian man trying to ride a bike built in Maine across Antarctica has quit his journey.

Hank Van Weelden was attempting to ride this fat tire bike 700 miles across Antarctica on a bike designed and build by Carver Bikes and Bath Cycle and Ski in Woolwich.

Van Weelden has been pulling a 200-pound pack while riding in 40 below weather.

On Chirstmas, he decided he had enough.

“I got a taste of it. I got a taste, and I got my a** kicked by it. And well, it was part of the experience. I wanted to push myself. I wanted to take a big risk, and I did,” says Hank Van Weelden.

Van Weelden says he doesn't consider his journey a failure.

Only one person has ever ridden a bike from the South Pole to the coast of Antarctica.

Van Weelden is back in Canada and says he'll spend the time he was supposed to be riding with his family, enjoying his life and planning his next big adventure.

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