The Ice Run is Coming - Meet the Riders 2

Let's have a look at some more of the brave fools who have signed up for the 2014 Ice Run. Firstly the first ever Indian to sign up; secondly the first all-woman team.

Kabir Late - Homer's Odyssey

1) Introduce yourselves
I'm 31, an out and out city boy, like to travel, have mostly traveled to big cities. I have never really left my comfort zone so this would a milestone for me if I complete it. I like to think that I’m a level headed bloke most of the time; it would be fun to see how I react when the shit hits the fan.

 

2) Why are you doing the Ice Run?
I could try and say something deep but the truth is I really don’t know except when I first read about it, I really wanted to do it. I think it’s easier to test one’s outer limit going in the reverse order so it’s directly to the ice run after a grade 3 rafting “adventure” ten years ago.

 

3) What are you most worried about?
Well, I really haven’t experienced cold in my life so probably at this moment -25 and -45 seems like the same to me, probably will be answer it a lot better once I am there. Barring that, I’m worried about getting lost, or just forgetting to take something really basic, like enough socks or gloves. I hope I don’t make a fool out of myself by falling sick or not completing the adventure.

 

4) What are you most looking forward to?
I’m really looking forward to riding the awesome Urals. I can’t wait to ride in the cold. Also meeting awesome people out there, everyone from the organisers, contestants and locals. Wolves and hibernating bears would be a bonus.

 

5) What survival skills have you got?
I know how to ride a bike, barring that very little. I have basic navigational skills and learning a bit of Russian. I have done more than my share of drinking vodka, if it really comes down to it. Everything else I hope to pick up on the way. I’m going to rely on my survival instincts to get through.

 

6) How are you preparing for the cold?
The winters in my part of the world are relatively mild, so haven’t really prepared for the insane temperatures in Siberia. Hoping to get conditioned by arriving around 5 days before the race begins.

 

7) Have you got any tactics planned for getting across the ice?
Soak in as much knowledge as I possibly can from the veterans and locals. Other than that, I think I’ll just stick with the strongest looking team throughout the race.

 

Eloisia & Irene - Wild Wolf Bikers

1) Introduce yourselves
We are Wild Wolf Bikers. Eloisia Wild and Irene Lobo (wolf in portuguese). Both friends from university and both have a great sense of adventure. 


2) Why are you doing the Ice Run?
I (Eloisia) previously did the Rickshaw run across India with some friends. I'd heard about the Ice Run and just had to do it.  I managed to commandeer Irene into doing it - convincing her it wouldn't be 'that' cold. But boy... it's cold.

When we knew we'd be the first team of girls we were more determined to complete the Ice Run!


3) What are you most worried about?
THE COLD. We both haven't been in temperatures like this and with the recent sudden drop- we're all like whoa! no... that's cold. But we have listened to many professionals give us layering advice and kit advice. So we feel confident with our kit for sure. We're both worried about possibly not eating enough for those temperatures. We've been training our stomachs for the past few weeks which has been fun.. mmmm pizza. We were worried about bears but have been assured they are all sleeping! 

 

4) What are you most looking forward to?
Getting out there on the bikes in the wilderness, and just going across the snowy paths of Siberia- making camp fires and feeling what those temperatures are like to camp out in.

 

5) What survival skills have you got?
Well Irene has done first aid training so shes clued up on accidents in the cold. We've watched many Youtube clips on making fires/setting up camp... so does that count!? We are both very sensible though and can make most situations work. We are excited for the learning experience and have done 6 months of research and work on planning this trip so we survive. 

 

6) How are you preparing for the cold?
Layers, layers and more layers. did I mention layers?! We have as many calorie freeze dried food packs we could fit in and bought some decent baffins and gloves to keep our extremities warm. We spent a day up with Mick at the Ural workshop and he was amazingly helpful with Ural advice in cold weather too. 


7) Have you got any tactics planned for getting across the ice?
The tortoise will get there eventually. We've been given a lot of advice from various people and the one that's stuck with us; is take our time as it's icy and very slippery. So we'll try to keep from sliding all over the place. 

You can see the other featured riders here

You can follow the 2014 Ice Run on the live tracking map from February 9th