I live in Siberia in Irkutsk. There are many places which suit for riding on MTB near Irkutsk. Two years ago I find interesting photos on MTBR with strange bikes which had very fat tires. Buying such bike has become my dream because that bike could help me to ride on my summer trails even in the middle of the long and snowing Siberian winter. I tried to buy this bike from couple destination. I was trying to buy bike in several places but nobody could ship necessary components to far Siberian region. Only in autumn 2009 my dream was come true because one Britain shop http://billys.co.uk/ agreed to send two SURLY PUGSLEY framsets to me and my friend. Later I bought frameset to my 16-years old daughter on http://www.bikeman.com/ and set of LARGE MARGE rims and ENDOMORPH tires on http://aebike.com/ . In October 2009 I made my first fatbike ride with my daughter!
The winter 2009/2010 gave me several amazing adventures. I took part in traditional 100 km ride on the ice across the Lake Baikal on fatbikes with my friend and my daughter. I took part in the wonderful ride along the Irkut river valley where bikes never rode in winter. In the end of that winter I took part in the ride along the Kaya river valley where I learned first time about possibility for fatbikes to ride in swamp terrains.
On YOUTUBE I found the beautiful film of coastkid71 with simple name “SURLY PUGSLEY” ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKJBXTiM-PA ). I was very impressed by that film. This film changed something in me. I have understood that the summer of 2010 with fatbike will discover new possibilities for my traditional MTB ridings.
Irkutsk region and the Lake Baikal have rich opportunities to ride on fatbikes. This summer I plan several epic rides across Olkhinskoe Plateau and next year I am going to take part in the Trans-Baikal marathon race on fatbikes in the pair with my daughter. Trans-Baikal is one of interesting events near the Lake Baikal. In 2010 Trans-Bakal will take place from July 19 to July 25. The registration will end in June 20. The length of the race will be 310 km divided by 5 stages with singletracks and gravel roads along the west Lake Baikal coast from Maloe Goloustnoe to Olkhon Island. The course of the race is suitable for fatbiking because of much sand, mud, gravel and swamps on the course though the forms of landscape are large and smooth.
Do you want to know any more about wild and amazing Siberian fatbike trails?
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