The Ice Run is Coming - Meet the Riders 1

The Ice Run is a tough old event. You might think the sort of people who do it are super-tough polar-endurance types. You'd be wrong.

Dylan & Dalbs doing the 2012 Mongol Rally in 'budgie smugglers'

Adalbert Hutter - Up To Snow Good

1) Introduce yourself
Hey – name’s Adalbert, but most people call me Dalbs. I’m a 31 year old that runs a few companies in the tech space and spends far too much time wearing suit trousers.

I live on Bondi Beach, love sports and adventure and am a veteran of the 2012 Mongol Rally.

 

2) Why are you doing the Ice Run?
I’m a big believer in taking on epic challenges, making a difference in the world and having fun along the way. We’re raising funds for Variety the Children’s Charity, to help kids with special needs to live, laugh and learn.  I’m a huge believer in the work they do and the bravery of the kids they work with.

 

3) What are you most worried about?
I’d say frostbite on my “man-business” is pretty high up there.

 

4) What are you most looking forward to?
Coming home without frostbite on my “man-business”.

 

5) What survival skills have you got?
I heard Bear Grylls is pretty good at this stuff and has a TV show. I haven’t really watched any of it, but I once saw a photo of him holding some multivitamins. I’m pretty OK with swallowing big multi-vitamins and can even do like 4 at a time, so I figure that counts for something.

 

6) How are you preparing for the cold?
Recently I’ve been starting needless arguments with my girlfriend so she locks me out of the house and I have to sleep outside in the cold - 20 degree Celcius, urban environment - and live off my surroundings. I also recently bought a really nice sweater vest in case it gets really chilly over there.

 

7) Have you got any tactics planned for getting across the ice?
At first, we’ll try to drive over the ice in a forwardly direction. Failing that, we’ll go around the ice, through the ice or just twirl on the spot for a bit, cry and go home. I’m also bringing some dog biscuits to bribe the local wolves into dragging our bike like a dog sled. They’re friendly right?

Nick & Chris are prepared for whatever the Ice will throw at them

Nick Sutton / Chris Bird - Team Angry Bird & Grumpy Owl

1) Introduce yourself
My name is Nick, 29, from Manchester. I work for the North West Ambulance Service as an Operational Manager responsible for the rapid response vehicles in Greater Manchester. I've always liked the great outdoors and enjoy climbing, scrambling, hiking whenever I can.... Which isn't actually that much.

Chris, 29, originally from the uk, living in Switzerland via Spain/Germany/France. Working in the second oldest profession - buying and selling grain. Veteran of the rickshaw run 09 and Indonesian rickshaw run 12. Skydiver, scuba diver, skier and collector of micromorts.

 

2) Why are you doing the Ice Run?
N - It's Chris' fault. After he rolled a Rickshaw down the side of a mountain and into a concrete bridge half way across Java, we never properly recovered and had to bin the 2012 Indonesian Rickshaw Run. So we are back for another go. Indonesia was way too hot, and only Chris and I had the lack of common sense to apply.

C - It's not my fault, it was always going to happen. The devil makes work for idle hands, and the adventurists make adventures for misguided fools.

 

3) What are you most worried about?
N - Temperatures, terrorists, wolves, and bears. My boss asked me this yesterday, and I gave the same answer. He asked if I was going to Leeds.

C - Nick
 

4) What are you most looking forward to?
N - The scenery, natives, and the bikes! I actually hate motorbikes, having scraped a fair few people off the floor / wall / insides of the other persons car, and driving on the UK roads is rubbish. But I'm really looking a forward to the challenge of keeping the bike going in such a harsh environment.

Can I do it with a permanent vodka hangover, whilst being chased by a wolf, and keeping my team mate alive? We shall see!

C - Getting going, the suspense is killing me. Looking forward to meeting the locals and imbibing with them.

 

5) What survival skills have you got?
N - I can use a compass. And build snow shelters. I know a bit of first aid.

I have a 100% success rate on survival so far in this life. I think this streak speaks for itself.

 

6) How are you preparing for the cold?
N - Chris?

C - I went off piste skiing and fell head first into a 3m snow hole last weekend. 

 

7) Have you got any tactics planned for getting across the ice?
N - In the coolest looking way possible, and without getting wet.

Slow down before corners. Rely in the comforting blanket of over confidence and ignorance to guide us through.

Karan on the Nakeela Pass

Karan Suri - Motorcycle Diaries

1) Introduce yourself
Karan  - Landed up being an investment banker more by chance then intention.

 

2) Why are you doing the Ice Run?
Good question. I Guess the chance of experiencing something completely unexpected and crazy stuff really got me into this.

 

3) What are you most worried about?
Trying to think and plan too much.

 

4) What are you most looking forward to? 
Meeting other crazy participants and the experience itself.

 

5) What survival skills have you got? 
Good at asking for help if that works; otherwise pitching a tent and sleeping.

 

6) How are you preparing for the cold? 
Other than sitting in the refrigerator :). Training myself to at least be as fit and healthy so that i can finish it. But most importantly getting the right set of extreme winter gear and clothes.

 

7) Have you got any tactics planned for getting across the ice?
Tactics, do they really work? I will figure it out once on the run.

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