In this issue, new Defender is put through its paces by two inspirational young adventurers as they prepare for an expedition to the South Pole. We also celebrate 50 years of Range Rover by taking a journey of discovery to Dubai. As well as looking back, we look to future as a group of visionaries explain the technologies that could change the future for all of us.
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VISTA VISTA EXPLORER POWER GAMES Is this the world’s coolest power station, or the world’s greenest ski slope? A Danish masterclass in combining work and play has opened in Copenhagen in the form of a revolutionary waste-to-energy plant. Copenhill’s internal machinery is positioned in height order to create a vast sloping roof that accommodates an artificial ski/ snowboard slope, hiking trail and climbing wall. You can improvise in the freestyle park, explore the timed slalom course or glide down a slope the same length as an Olympic half-pipe. One wall hosts the world’s tallest (85m) artificial climbing wall, while a sprawling après ski bar welcomes guests for a cooling-off pint. Beneath it all, humming furnaces and turbines convert 440,000 tonnes of waste a year into clean energy and heat for 150,000 homes. copenhill.dk Copenhill is an epicentre for urban mountain sport How did you enter the world of endurance sports? Purely by chance. It all started when I won a push-up competition, racking up 438 push-ups non-stop. I remember the stunned look on people’s faces – it gave me the confidence to start running seriously. Why do you think you have this propensity for physical pursuits? I started fishing when I was 13, growing up on a tiny island in eastern China. The labour was incredibly gruelling, and I ate a lot of fish – perhaps the nutrition helped. RUNNING THE GAUNTLET Chinese ultra-athlete Chen Penbin has achieved a slew of staggering endurance feats, such as completing 100 marathons in 100 days, earning the nickname ‘China’s Forrest Gump’. Now the former fisherman has joined his national cross-country ski team. We find out what drives him What is the most challenging race that you’ve ever completed? One that sticks in my mind was La Ultra – The High, a 333km race in the Himalayas. At 5,000m, I suffered acute altitude sickness, not helped by the extreme temperatures. I was elated when I finished. What do you do in your spare time? I love taking photos and I collect cameras. I don’t have any photos of myself when I was younger and I don’t want the same for my daughter, so I’m always taking photos of her and my wife. level, how inspiring would that be?’ Training is going well for the 2022 Winter Olympics. I’ve recently learned a new technique which will help me improve. Where do you see yourself in 20 years’ time? I’ll always run and be active. I often visit schools to coach kids in their running technique, and talk about the importance of sport, so I’ll continue with that. I want to inspire people to take fitness seriously. How did you train for 100 marathons in 100 days? It took four months to prepare for. I had a team of 30 people, including nutritionists and physiotherapists. Most of my training was aerobic, to get my heart rate strong and consistent. Had you skied before you were invited to join the Chinese national cross-country ski team? Forget skiing, I had never seen snow before! I thought, ‘if a 41-year-old can start a sport from scratch at a professional PLAN BEE Here’s the buzz on how to preserve urban pollinators Global honeybee populations have dropped as a result of loss of habitat, but urban beekeepers are on a mission to support them, while educating people on the importance of pollinators. US company BEEcosystem has introduced a new concept in beekeeping – a modular hive system that can grow as your bee colony does, while helping to raise awareness of the importance of apiculture. Ideal for either a home or outdoor setup, the slim, wall-mounted modules come with easy window attachments, night filters to protect the bees’ daily rhythms, and extensive ongoing support information. beecosystem.buzz IMAGES: RASMUS HJORTSHØJ INTERVIEW: CHIA-WEN LIU. ILLUSTRATION: CRISTINA CHUNG 20 21
Land Rover Magazine showcases stories from around the world that celebrate inner strength and the drive to go Above and Beyond.
In this issue, New Defender is put through its paces by two inspirational young adventurers as they prepare for an expedition to the South Pole. We also celebrate 50 years of Range Rover by taking a journey of discovery to Dubai. As well as looking back, we look to future as a group of visionaries explain the technologies that could change the future for all of us.