First Bike To Cycle To South Pole Is Designed On SOLIDWORKS


Inspired Cycle Engineering (ICE)

The Company

Inspired Cycle Engineering  (ICE) was started in 1998 by cycle enthusiasts Chris Parker and Neil Selwood. Having bought the rights to the original trike design, the company based in Cornwall, design, develop and produce bespoke recumbent trikes for those seeking adventure and adrenalin, whether it's conquering the Himalayas or touring the globe.

The Challenge

British adventurer Maria Leijerstam needed a bike that could withstand extreme polar conditions in a 400mile cycle race to the South Pole. The bike had to carry 55kg of luggage and would be travelling on unknown terrain in -40C temperatures. Starting on the Ross Ice Shelf at the edge of the Antarctic continent, Maria wanted to try a shorter but steeper route than her competitors by going over the Leverett Glacier and decided a recumbent trike would offer her the best chance of success.

The Solution

The company originally started using 3D CAD software Alibre in 2007 and switched to SOLIDWORKS in 2011. They have two seats of SOLIDWORKS Premium. "There is no doubt that SOLIDWORKS helped us get the Polar Cycle made on deadline," says Chris. "The ability that SOLIDWORKS has to give you the cross section instantly was crucial in moving forward. Rather than spend a day to produce a cross section, I could press a button and have it there in front of me immediately, which was vital for seeing how much metal I needed. "By the time we had finished designing the prototype we pretty much knew it was going to work because it did in the programme and that is where SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD really scored for us."

The Result

  • Delivered a working prototype in two months - 66 per cent reduction in time to market.
  • ICE's Polar Cycle won the race to the South Pole

"SOLIDWORKS gives you a great deal of confidence and ability to move forward at a speed that in the past has not been possible."

Chris Parker

Director of ICE