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Friday 24 April 2020

Baikal Mile Ice Speed Festival

To Russia with Gloves!

The May edition of AMD Magazine carries a feature about the Baikal Mile Ice Speed Festival (Lake Baikal, Russia) at the end of February.
Indian Motorcycle and Workhorse Speed Shop took on the extreme challenge of the kind of sub-zero temperatures in which neither man nor machine are designed to function with 'Appaloosa' - the highly modified Scout Bobber sprint racer - in what must be the toughest possible of pre-season shakedown tests for its 2020 Sultans of Sprint comeback.

In only its second running, the Baikal Mile challenged competitors to reach maximum speeds with their specially prepared vehicles on the frozen surface of the deepest lake on Earth - Lake Baikal, Siberia.

"Racing on ice is hard, this is the most incredible thing I've tried to do. Coming here was a huge adventure for all of us and it was all about challenging ourselves, making new friends and having fun at the same time," said Brice Hennebert, the bike's original builder.

"At this event there are bikes, you've got cars, a helicopter, a tank with a Bentley body. I mean, the craziness of the machines is just at the top level." - Sébastien Lorentz

For a glimpse into the mayhem and fun that used to inform human activity on pre-Covid era Planet Earth, check out the video here...