Spanish Cyclist Rescued After Pitching to Cross Siberia in -50C Temperatures

Published December 19th, 2018 - 02:00 GMT
panish Cyclist Rescued in Siberia  (Twitter)
panish Cyclist Rescued in Siberia (Twitter)

A Spanish cyclist had to be rescued by locals after he was found trying to cross Siberia in -50C temperatures.

Jose Andres Abian Pajares, originally from Zaragoza, was discovered camped in a thin summer tent on a mountain pass in the Kolyma region of Russia during freezing conditions.

Three residents took him to hospital in the town of Susuman, 248 miles (400 km) north of Magadan where he set off from earlier this month on his bicycle, as he was said to be suffering from frostbite to his hands.

Officials from the town told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency that he 'could have died' had he not been found by the passers by.

Mr Pajares flew from Moscow to Magadan in order to cycle to Lake Baikal near Irkutsk some 2,894 miles (4,657km) away and document the trip on his around the world blog of his travels.


The 47-year-old's blog follows his adventures on his bike in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Spain, Iceland, Romanian and Morocco.

He was found on Monday by the men, who named him Marcus, and is likely to have to stay in Russia over the New Year as there are no flights out of the area until January.

A video posted on Instagram showed the men spotting the small red tent at the side of the snow-covered road and, with a bike outside, before opening the door to find Mr Pajares inside.

One of the men can be seen laughing as they approach his tent, then talk to Mr Pajares as he pokes his head out of the small tent.

One of the rescuers, who gave his name as Vakha told the news website: 'The administration contacted Magadan to buy Marcus tickets since they couldn't buy anything for the nearest dates, there were no tickets.'

The regional airport said all flights to Moscow, which run four times a week, have been booked until early January.

State-run TASS news agency quoted an unnamed Magadan official as saying: 'We have no plane tickets to Moscow. We won't be able to buy them until January, probably.

'It looks like the guy didn't have a good understanding of what the frosts in Kolyma are like.'


This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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