Riders in the Snow ... Snow Riding Russian style

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  1. Colebatch

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    I went out with some Russian guys earlier this week to have a few days off-road in the snow.

    The gathering began at the Wolves House, in the town of Gus Khristalny, about 200 miles from Moscow.

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    of about 12 bikes, only one guy put the studded tyres on. The rest of us decided summer knobblies would be more 'fun'. But there was a lot of knobbly cutting going on, for that bit of extra grip.

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    Then it was over the fields and into the forest:

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    Looks like you guys are in for some fun...
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    Goes to show you that the riding season is never over.
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    Crazy Russians!

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    It took me a couple of hours to get comfortable and into the full groove in the snow and ice. Some sections of frozen earth were like rough concrete, with every ridge able to push you off line, while other sections of frozen earth were like polished ice - slippery as fu@k.

    Unfortunately enough, one of the riders had pushed it too hard too early, before getting the groove right, ploughed into a tree and broke a leg.

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    Most of time was spent in forest trails, but with plenty of logs and bogs across the rarely used trails, there was ample opportunity to go racing straight through the trees.

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  9. HammerD0wn

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    More pictures....Snow= huge fun....:thumb
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    Ice in the puddles and ponds was about 3-5cm (1.5 - 2 inches) thick ... an awkward kind of thickness that sometimes holds when you ride over it ... and sometimes doesnt!

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    So usually we aimed to ride around the ice - when it was easy enough to do

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    but sometimes the detour around the ice and bog .... ends up also being ice and bog.

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    Off to the nearest village

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    Looks like a good time... except for the broken leg.

    Used to get out and do that sort of stuff as a kid in Minnesota, not so much anymore. But it sure does look fun. :thumb
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