Igor OSIPCHUK, “FACTS”
On Friday, June 26, in Kiev near the building of city hall held a farewell to the unique expedition “Ukraine from edge to edge”, which was organized with his team a famous racer, winner of 36 world and national records 53-year-old Sergei Malik. The purpose of the rally is to drive a domestic Electric motorcycle Dnepr through the whole of Ukraine from its Eastern extreme point (the village in the Early dawn in the Luhansk region) to the extreme West of the village of Solomonovo in the Transcarpathian region. Between 1316 kilometers. But it is in a straight line. And the roads will be released over 2000 kilometers. Driving electric bike is Sergei Malik. A few days before the start of the expedition decided that the rally will take part one more rider — Andrey Lagutin on the motorcycle with the internal combustion engine.
— Minibus delivered the bikes to the starting point — in the Early Dawn, — told the “FACTS” Sergei Malik. — On the way drop off the kids in the Eastern region gifts — I drive to humanitarian aid in 2014. For 6 years, about 300 tons of all good drove Ukrainian soldiers and children. So, on July 28, the Day of the Constitution of Ukraine in the Early Dawn will be a start of run. The challenge is to overcome 2 thousand kilometers to the far Western point of the country as quickly as possible, so we will go in a mode non-stop without breaks for sleep and food. Stop will, of course, but only to replace the batteries in my electric bike (fuel tank I’m using as the trunk) and refuel the bike Andrew. The ride in this mode will allow us to drive from Early Dawn to Solomon about a day. Calculate it is impossible, because in certain stretches of the route there is repair work. In addition, the speed may affect the quality of the roadway. Nobody drove through the Ukraine on electric bike, with its extreme Eastern to the extreme Western point. So our rally will be a record.
— How fast you plan to go?
— Dnepr Electric can accelerate to 200 kilometers an hour, but since we will not go on the race track, and expensive for General use, in accordance with the rules, plan to move at a speed of 80-100 kilometers per hour.
— How will you recharge the battery of your motorcycle?
— Carry generator to generate electricity. Us with Andrew will be accompanied by a support team of 10 people. They will travel in two vans, each of which will carry with them a trailer. Guys will be charged a replacement elektrobatarei for my bike.
— This motorcycle exists in a single copy?
— You say that now, in the only. In its creation involved a large number of my colleagues. In 2018 on this bike I set a world record speed of 167 kilometers per hour on the dry salt lake Bonneville, which is located in the U.S. state of Utah.
Perhaps, over time, will establish serial production of this machine.
Conduct Sergey Malik, the rally came the winner of the title of the strongest woman in the world Olga lyashchuk
— How did you get the idea of the rally “Ukraine from edge to edge”?
Oh, I always have a lot of ideas. In 2013, the motorcycle with the internal combustion engine I drove along the border of Ukraine, in 2016 — around Europe. And now on clean bike will travel around the country from East to West. This rally organized with the participation of the Ministry of reintegration of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
On the way from Solomon to Kiev are planning to visit the old cities of Western Ukraine, to see the sights. In the end, the expedition will last a week.
Other interesting and unusual projects of Sergey Malika read in the article: the couple from Kiev traveled to Europe to shoot a series of films about Ukrainians who have achieved success abroad
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