WAIT­ING FOR WIN­TER

Motorcyclist - - Framed - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY DAVID REYGONDEAU/GOOD-SHOOT

While Amer­i­cans but­ton up their rac­ing sea­son, Euro­pean ice rac­ers are ey­ing the weather and pre­par­ing for a win­ter of hard rid­ing. Rus­sian Dmitry Koltakov, win­ner of the 2017 FIM Ice Speed­way Glad­i­a­tor Cham­pi­onship, shows what makes ice rid­ing so spec­tac­u­lar: Hun­dreds of ice spikes en­able in­cred­i­ble grip—and as­ton­ish­ing lean an­gles—of­ten over rough and rut­ted sur­faces. Com­bined with quick heats and close rac­ing, it’s no won­der thou­sands of fans line up at freez­ing-cold venues from Swe­den to Kaza­khstan.

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