A new adventure, “The Ice Run” has recently launched. Thirteen lucky teams are in Russia, aboard identically prepared Ural motorcycles (with sidecars), making the 932 mile (1500 km) run from Irbit (home of the Ural motorcycle, just north of Kazakhstan) to Salekhard (which sits directly on the Arctic Circle). This would be an impossibility in the summer as there are no roads in between the two towns. Given the double-digit, below freezing temperatures of the Siberian winter, it may still be an impossibility. At least the winter will provide temporary roads in the form of frozen rivers and tundra.

The above video is a bit of an introduction to the event and is actually pretty funny. You can follow the teams live or check out the Adventurists website for further details.

Yikes—it sounds cold. I wish them all good luck.

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