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Frostbitten cyclist 'didn't think Siberia would be so cold'

The Local · 11 Jan 2011, 14:42

Published: 11 Jan 2011 14:42 GMT+01:00

Sven Riedel has been hospitalised after suffering severe frostbite, a hospital employee told Russian International News Agency (RIA Novosti).

The 37-year-old car mechanic was ill-prepared for the frigid temperatures he encountered while trying to cycle some 300 kilometres from the city of Ulan-Ude to Lake Baikal, the agency said.

He had planned to spend the night in a tent after some 100 kilometres of the journey, but was overcome when temperatures dipped as low as -35 degrees Celsius in the Buryatia.

"I wanted to see Lake Baikal," Riedel told RIA Novosti. "I didn't think it would be so cold."

The adventurer had reportedly cycled through Scandinavia in the past, the agency said, explaining that his experience hadn’t been enough to help him stand up to the “extreme cold” of Siberia.

Riedel, who does not speak Russian, was rescued after a local driver stopped to persuade him to get in his car.

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Doctors initially thought they would be forced to amputate some of Riedel’s fingers, but now believe he will recover from frostbite on both his hands and feet, the news agency said.

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Your comments about this article

15:08 January 11, 2011 by storymann
Google it,,do a little research....da
15:21 January 11, 2011 by marimay
They say the german educational system is good. Really?

The sun rises from the north, too!
15:59 January 11, 2011 by TheSavageLegend
A lot of rednecks in Florida speak German...
16:13 January 11, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
Darwin strikes again... well, almost...
16:58 January 11, 2011 by DinhoPilot

At least I didn't thought that Siberia was a part of Spain. Next time we will have some dude who will be rescued from the Sahara desert because I didn't knew it was so hot during the day and that it rained often.
19:31 January 11, 2011 by auniquecorn
"I wanted to ride to Lake Baikal from Ulan-Ude or was it lake Balaton from Üllő, Vat Kountry is dis?
19:34 January 11, 2011 by storymann
How about this for the truth ,,"Frost bitten moron German gets more than his limited mind and body could deal with in Siberia.....
20:14 January 11, 2011 by lordkorner
Dinhopilot, what exactly are you trying to say?
20:26 January 11, 2011 by DinhoPilot
my bad I meant he instead I

Correction read HE where I wrote I...
21:37 January 11, 2011 by ukpunk1
In WWII, the Battle of Stalingrad (although Volgograd is not in Siberia) proved that the Russian winters are no joke.
22:56 January 11, 2011 by DOZ
Maybe Germany should contact CBC in Canada (Government TV) and get copies of the thousands of Canadian Propaganda Films made about the WW2 Germans and Canada's Military's great Conquests against the German Menace (as I was taught daily in British-Canadian run Schools). Clearly this German Cyclist would then have known that Russia is not a place to take lightly especially in Winter.
04:40 January 12, 2011 by derExDeutsche
if, he learned that 2010 was 'The Warmest Year Ever on Record. and had he lost fingers, I would have suggested he seek out those that tought him those facts and have them banned.
06:30 January 14, 2011 by Rick USA
This is not a testament to German education....It is a testament to Western Education in general....If one is to believe all of the crap being shoveled by our schools and media about the myth of Global Warming or Climate Change one would think the north pole ice caps no longer exist and Siberia must be like the Germany in spring. This is not the first time this situation occurred, in April 2010 Tom Smitheringale from Perth, Australia wanted to see the effects of Global Warming on the North Pole himself and had to be rescued because he was freezing to death in subzero weather and blizzards. He to suffered severe frostbite. Here is the link to that story:


Unfortunately this gentleman could have been anyone who believes the folly of Global Warming who is from any European country, Australia or the USA.
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