12th March: Meeting the pride of the Soviet Union, asking many questions and getting few answers
We ship your lovely selves over to Shelekov, which is about 30kms from Irkutsk. Prepare yourself for a fun filled day of health and safety, tracking, emergency comms, insurance, riding on the ice, risk management, bike management, cold conditions management. Basically all the info you’ll need not to turn yourself into an ice cream.
13th March: Chocks away, convoying to the lake
Time for you to ingratiate yourself with your new 3 wheeled best friend, getting a feel for the finest engineering that socialism has to offer. You will also be getting to grips with the perils of ice riding, cracks, ride-ups, ice formations and basically any obstacle nature has designed to royally wreck your Ural. This will be your first night camping out, freezing your collective balls and lady balls off sharing tales of why your bike is the worst.
14th March: The last chance to party with all your fingers
Wednesday night camp as a group on the ice and launch party. Banya, shaman, questionable food, even more questionable vodka, fire, every possible health and safety hazard
15th March: The commencement of an icebound odyssey
We’ll be tearfully sending you away into the frozen unknown from Ol’Khon Island. Grab some fuel for the road, have a hearty group back-slap, a selfie (if you're that way inclined) and kiss dry land goodbye for a few days.
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