It's probably about now the Ice Runner Pioneers realise exactly what they've got themselves into. We warned them the Ice Run would be tough and they all confidently assured us they were up for the task. After a couple of days in the saddle they're probably beginning to rue that confidence.
A few days ago we introduced you to the bikes. At the beginning of the training weekend we put the vehicle licences in Katy's hat so the teams could draw their steeds. Here's how they paired up, and Katy's observations from test driving.
Eacha Uiscí - Uinsionn and Cathal - 'Panzer'
Having burned through a coil and warped a wheel in training the Irish boys are now running well.
Amerikhan Boys - Eric & Scott - Eva
Katy reports that these guys are 'demon riders', they pushed the bike hard in training, flipping Eva more than once. She lost her exhaust today giving her a voice like Tina Turner.
On The Rocks - Dennis & Matt - Battersea
She had a bit of a fire after we were forced to jump start her dead battery in training. She was since re-wired and given a new battery and is now running on full power. Still temperamental though.
Hemendik Horra - Joseba - Christine
Chewing through spark plugs like they were Doritos.
Meh-Teh - Ashwin & Natraj - Black Caviar
They are insane, the bike suits them well. They got up to 90kph yesterday.
Bandits on Ice 1 - Travis & Ellie - The Midwife
Great Bike, she had some blocked tubes and wanted an oil change, but she's got her spark back now.
Bandits on Ice 2 - Pete & Dave - Cerberus
Bike and riders very strong, going great.
Bianco, Rossi e Verdoni - Antonio & Emmanuele - Tram
They have nicknamed her 'Nonna Ural', Super reliable. Likes oil, she's a goer.
Old Man Hughy & The Blizzard of Coz - Hugh & Coz - Nancy Snow
Her kick started broke in training but Hugh fixed her with a big rock. By all accounts a great team.