When Mel and I hit the Silk Road again in early winter 2010, this time we won’t be stashing cash in our bike handlebars. Instead, thanks to the Polartec® Challenge Grant, we’ll stash cash in the cozy pockets of Polartec®-equipped clothing.
We just recently found out that Cycling Silk won one of Polartec’s 2010 expedition grants, and we’re over the Himalaya at the news. For years now I’ve religiously checked up on the winners of these grants, tracked their expeditions from afar, longed to follow in their footsteps or, better yet, pick up where they left off and push on further. Past winners have included Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, Steve House, and many more – heroes and pioneers, forces of awe and inspiration. And now we get to join their epic ranks. Or at least wear the same sweet Polartec gear.
While the great generalists of the Age of Exploration had patrons and kings to fund their expeditions, us modern-day wannabe explorers rely on the generosity and vision of folks like those at Polartec. I can’t thank them enough for supporting us through the Polartec Challenge Grant, and I can’t wait to take Polartec on this long and winding bike ride down the Silk Road.