Juan is a man of impossible challenges. Therefore it is proposed to be the first athlete to reach the South Pole by bicycle, alone and unaided. And he succeeded. 46 days pedaling against fate and against climatic conditions that endangered the success of his expedition. Today John is already thinking about his next challenge. It has overcome the fear and extreme coldest continent on the planet.
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Fearless Juan might seem like some sort of admirable superhero, but he isn’t.He’s just a normal person.What makes Juan stand out from the rest is his incredible capacity to overcome his fears.He’s restless and curious, a true adventurer, always subjecting both mind and body to the most extreme situations in an attempt to show that limits are there to be pushed back, and there is no fear which can’t be overcome.
Juan is a young man whose life began 30 years ago in Pravia, a small town in Asturias, Spain. At the age of 14 he took up cycling and hasn’t stopped since then. His first challenge, soon after his sixteenth birthday, was the St James’ Way, on which he learnt to discover and appreciate the world from the vantage point of a bike saddle.
Whenever he needed it, his bike was there waiting for him by the door and every day’s journey became slightly longer and slightly more complicated. And Juan grew up but he still didn’t let go of the handlebars. He did whatever it took to never let go, the strangest things, miles away from his dreams; things like selling fish in a Norwegian market for 6 months of the year so as to spend the other 6 on his adventures.
Fearless John is a Grimms’ fairy tale whose main character becomes obsessed by fear because he doesn’t know what it is.
He goes out in search of it every day,
facing down dragons, ghosts and cruel kings yet nothing manages to scare him……until one day...
And John is Juan in Spanish so….Juan Menendez Granados is our own Fearless John.A man who has overcome the fear of fear.
No cape, no shield nor sword.
His only weapon is his bike.
Juan has cycled around the world on it, testing himself, finding his limitations, having adventures and meeting challenges; always alone on his bike, his ever faithful companion.
Most importantly he is an extreme cyclist, who spends months checking every detail of his adventures before setting out on a challenge.
Fearless Juan has a new project. Now he’s preparing to set a new record: to be the first person to arrive on an unassisted solo cycle expedition to the South Pole..
A challenge which others have tried only to fail. An adventure which has been two years in the planning, one to push him to his mental and physical limits, replete with new fears to overcome.
It is the uninhabited continent. The most desolate, the coldest, the highest, the biggest desert and the only untouched part of the planet surface. This frozen, impenetrable land is exposed to constant blizzards and storms.It’s the largest ice sheet in the world, occupying an area 14 times the size of Spain, and it’s only accessible to humans during the short Antarctic summer.
Juan has already had many adventures, looking for his true self, testing himself and expanding his horizons. His hobby has become his vocation.
Juan never gives up and fights to make his dreams come true.
His adventures take place in the coldest places on the planet, in the most intimidating of deserts and in the most dangerous of jungles; places which can only be reached towing a pulka loaded with hours of training together with the spirit, purity and hope of the great explorers of yesteryear.
Juan is the demonstration of effort and reward is the result of confidence and conviction. It is proof that if you want, you can. It is reminding us not to be a superhero to be extraordinary.
Juan has lived fear, more closely, more inside than anyone. Those hours, days, months alone have taught him to fight adversity and almost all fears. So nobody can talk about them as does Juan.
Juan Menéndez Granadosjuan@juanmenendezgranados.com
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