Five Dudes, Kona Units and a Siberian Epic

What surely ranks among the most unusual and challenging mountain bike rides in the world will be attempted later this month by an international group of adventurers that includes two Eugene residents. The five-man team hopes to become the first to use human power to circumnavigate Russia’s Lake Baikal in winter — as well as the first to bicycle around the lake’s entire 1,300-mile shoreline.
If the expedition goes as planned, it will take the cyclists 43 days to pedal — and sometimes push — bicycles with studded tires from Irkutsk down the frozen Angara River to Lake Baikal, around the frozen 400-mile-long lake, then back up the river to Irkutsk. Scheduled to start Feb. 19, the expedition is the inspiration of Christopher Pike, a 39-year-old Eugene linguist with a masters degree in Russian.

baikalWe here at Kona hooked a five-man team of nut-bar cyclists with bro deals on Kona Units as they attempt to be the first to use human power to circumnavigate Russia’s Lake Baikal in winter — as well as the first to bicycle around the lake’s entire 1,300-mile shoreline. If the expedition goes as planned, it will take the cyclists 43 days to pedal — and sometimes push — bicycles with studded tires from Irkutsk down the frozen Angara River to Lake Baikal, around the frozen 400-mile-long lake, then back up the river to Irkutsk. Scheduled to start Feb. 19, go here to read an in-depth article on the expedition. Check back for regular updates on this super bit (and majorly cold) epic. Visit their website here.