October 2, 2015
First Arctic bike ride on Bely Island
The captain attempted to sail along the western coast of the Yamal Peninsula to the Baydaratskaya Bay that day. The storm would not calm down, and Kartesh had to return to the coast of Bely Island. However, there is no great loss without some small gain. The expedition participants were finally able to start the first arctic bike ride along the Northern Sea Route coasts.
Andrey Yermakov, a photographer and a hardcore cycle tourist, has independently designed and assembled an off-road bicycle with a titan frame, carefully selected group set and durable wheels. Andrey said that reliability, durability and maintainability were key features of the bike, and you could rely on them in tough arctic conditions. A preliminary exploration of the island indicated that the coast of the island was a perfect cycle track, as the sand was thick and compressed, which allowed reaching high speed.
The bike was shipped from Moscow to Yambur disassembled, and it was impossible to assemble it on board in conditions of permanent rocking. The troubles were awaiting ashore as well. When loaded into the motorboat, the case froze to the bicycle parts. Pushing himself beyond limits, Andrey finally assembled the bike with his hands red with cold. The expedition participants rode around the island by turns, sine-waving the coastline with the bicycle traces.
On the way back to Murmansk, Bely Island was not the only bike track. On Vaygach Island, excited bikers chased after snappy Arctic foxes, spawning on the island in large quantities. The expedition participants took photos with their two-wheeled friend at the sunset at Cape Lyamchin, and had a bike ride on the Kola Peninsula as well.