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Catch my drift! Lake Baikal hosts international ice speed festival02:50

Catch my drift! Lake Baikal hosts international ice speed festival

Russian Federation, Russia, Republic of Buryatia
March 16, 2023 at 11:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

The fifth 'Baikal Mile' international speed festival was seen taking place on the frozen surface of Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world, near Maksimikha village on Saturday.

Footage shows participants from the 64 different teams accelerating across the icy surface and performing 'doughnuts', a drifting manoeuvre with a circular spin.

Around 70 vehicles were on display at the festival, including motorbikes, off-road trucks and vintage cars. More than 100 riders covered distances of one 'Baikal mile' (1,642 metres), also equal to the deepest point of the lake, and a shorter course around an eighth the length, on four specially prepared ice tracks.

The winners were Arkadi Romanchuk from Vladivostok in his Toyota Mark II car, achieving a top speed of 274.9 kilometres per hour on the mile-long track, and Alexander Kazakov from Serpukhov on his Honda CBR1000RR bike, with a top speed of 168.1 kilometres per hour on the shorter course.

Th event took place from March 7-11. The first 'Baikal Mile' festival was in March 2019 and has since become an annual event. It attracts fans of speed and technical innovation, as well as amateur engineers.

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The fifth 'Baikal Mile' international speed festival was seen taking place on the frozen surface of Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world, near Maksimikha village on Saturday.

Footage shows participants from the 64 different teams accelerating across the icy surface and performing 'doughnuts', a drifting manoeuvre with a circular spin.

Around 70 vehicles were on display at the festival, including motorbikes, off-road trucks and vintage cars. More than 100 riders covered distances of one 'Baikal mile' (1,642 metres), also equal to the deepest point of the lake, and a shorter course around an eighth the length, on four specially prepared ice tracks.

The winners were Arkadi Romanchuk from Vladivostok in his Toyota Mark II car, achieving a top speed of 274.9 kilometres per hour on the mile-long track, and Alexander Kazakov from Serpukhov on his Honda CBR1000RR bike, with a top speed of 168.1 kilometres per hour on the shorter course.

Th event took place from March 7-11. The first 'Baikal Mile' festival was in March 2019 and has since become an annual event. It attracts fans of speed and technical innovation, as well as amateur engineers.