The Ural Motorcycle
These days Ural make excellent bikes. Thankfully that was not always the case and scattered across the corners of the ex-Soviet empire lie scores of old school Urals. Built like a tank, slightly rusty and often unreliable. Obviously the all round perfect Siberian adventuring machine for facing over 2,000km of frozen rivers, lakes and roads at -20c.
In 1939 the Russian army thought it was high time they had some motorbikes. Ever the masters of efficiency they nicked one from the Germans - the BMW R71 - pulled it apart, copied it (badly) and slapped a Ural badge on. Thus was born one of the world's coolest motorised bicycle machines.
Right up until the 2000's the design remained pretty much unchanged. It is these old engineering marvels that we have carefully selected to make sure completing the Ice Run is really quite hard.
It makes a bit more sense having your first crash and break-down when there's someone there to help you. The first three days of the run will be fully supported under the watchful eye of our ground crew. The training will cover bike maintenance, ice-driving, navigation and ice survival. After the two days of training you're released into the wild.
We think the best preparation for the Ice Run is to do the Ice Run, so instead of having the training in a classroom and carpark, we head out to the lake together, that way you pick it up as you go along.