Originally Posted by lspence
Not sure where to post this question so I’m tying here J
I have just completed riding over the West half (i.e. from Irkutsk to Tynda) of the Russian BAM in Siberia. I did this with a group of 5 other riders with KUDU expeditions and it was a great trip. I have been told that I may be the first woman to have ridden the BAM but have no way of confirming this. Does anyone know of any other woman who has ridden the BAM or how I can find this information out?
Sorry Lorraine, but you are not
A Russian woman (Sasha Teplyakova) did the western part in 2005 and returned to do the whole road all the way to the pacific in 2010.
Eric and Gail Haws also rode the BAM when it was in much better condition back in 1989 - 1991. Gail was a pillion however, so you may actually be the first foreign woman off the top of my head to have ridden the Western BAM. If I think of any other women I will add to the thread.
Kudu had been in touch with me earlier in the year for info on the road and waypoints, and I did brief them, suggesting it would probably be too tough for the average tour group. I am amazed they have actually gone thru with it, so kudos to Kudu and kudos to the group for being the first commercial group do do the western part of the BAM - you guys were obviously not the average group!