Having never been to Russia before or somewhere so cold, we had no idea what to expect. The journey alone was an adventure; 15 hours of flights and a 5-hour coach journey through the wilds of Siberia just to get to the lake. We were really tired when we arrived, but the draw of seeing one of the biggest lakes in the world kept us going for the final 1km walk. Trudging through the snow, just as I started to see the ice through the trees, I remember thinking “Wow! I’m in Siberia”.
The Baikal Mile event set-up looked like a tiny collection of children’s toys on the huge white sheet of Lake Baikal ice with the beautiful mountains providing a spectacular backdrop on the far, far side of the lake. You can read about how big this lake is, but you can only really understand when you see it.
To be at such a unique event in just its second year, in such an outstanding location was an amazing experience. We were all made to feel really welcome, despite not being able to speak each other’s languages, all enjoying the love of engineering and fast vehicles. Everyone was keen to help us make it the best possible experience for the whole team, from the food, the friendship and advice on how to overcome the extreme challenges facing Appaloosa, Seb and Brice to reach their top speed. Thank you to the organisers, all of the competitors and the ever-enthusiastic crowd.
Ian Austin – Indian Reporter
|Date : March 2020||Run distance : 1 Mile|
|Location : Lake BaÏkal – Siberia||Maximun speed reached on ice : 180km/h|
|Area : lake over 600km long and 80 km wide||Team Crew : Brice Hennebert Dorsan “DJ Peeta Selecta”|
|Rider : Sébastien Lorentz||Motorcycle : IndianxWorkhorse Appaloosa v2.0|