• Short Summary

    The World Ice Motor Cycling Championship, held at Grenoble, France, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (February 7, 8 and 9), resulted in an expected win for the Soviet Union.

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    The World Ice Motor Cycling Championship, held at Grenoble, France, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (February 7, 8 and 9), resulted in an expected win for the Soviet Union.

    The only surprise came when Vladimir Cibrov took his first title after his countryman,six times champion, Gaptrakman Kadyrov, failed to reproduce his old form.

    But the Russians did not have it all their own way. They had to struggle hard to overcome the challenges of the Czechoslovakian and Swedish riders in particular.

    In fact, in the final, the Czech Vermir Jan forced his way into second place to stop a Russian clean-sweep. Anatoli Soukhov (U.S.S.R.) was third.

    The cyclists, who can reach speeds of up to 88 miles per hour (140 kilometres per hour), raced over four laps of a 440 yard (400 metres) course.

    Their machines are equipped with razor sharp spikes on the wheels to grip the ice and, in the freezing temperatures, the cyclists have to heat their motor oil with a blow torch before racing.

    Motor cycling on ice originated in the Soviet Union 50 years ago. The first World Championship was held in 1996.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB5DNHMKYAWXW0VH7FBA2Q4T8V
    Media URN:
    VLVAB5DNHMKYAWXW0VH7FBA2Q4T8V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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