12th March: Training day
Shelekov, 30kms from Irkutsk.
Q&A on tracking, emergency comms, insurance, riding on the ice, risk management, bike management, cold conditions management
13th March: Travel to next checkpoint
Marriott Hotel. Commencement of Rolling training (teams travel independently to next checkpoint). Group sessions at allocated points, for example bad cracks in the ice, ride-ups and ice formations. Camping as a group and knowledge sharing.
13th-14th March: Rolling training
Wednesday night camp as a group on the ice and launch party. Banya, babushkas, frozen fish, vodka, fire, every possible health and safety hazard
15th March: Launch
Launch from last checkpoint at Olkhon Island. Refuel and back-slap as a group on dry land then out onto the ice solo.
Expect 15/16/17/18/19th on the Baikal Ice, exiting the ice in the north western city of Severobaikalsk. Home to Irkutsk via the BAM railway and the beautiful tracks and ice roads of Siberia, via Zhigalovo. Village life. Peasants, churches, petroglyphs, fuel from old oil barrels in back gardens. Proper Ural riding country.
24th March: Finish
Parade and finish party in Irkutsk day and evening