Spanish Cyclist Rescued while crossing Siberia in -50C temperatures
Cyclist José Andrés Abián rescued after suffering frostbite in severe weather conditions
José Andrés Abián, a 48-year-old from Zaragoza in Spain, planned to cross Siberia by bicycle in the middle of winter.
Abián, who has twenty years of cycling experience, set out to make 4,000 km solo attempt across frozen Russia.
After completing fifty kilometers and preparing to put up a tent he was carrying, a stupid mistake nearly cost him his life. José Andrés took his hand out of his glove to mount the tent pole faster, without taking into account that the temperature was -50ºC (-58F).
In just a few minutes, his fingers went black with frostbite it was so cold. The adventure cyclist's trip was about to end in tragedy, however Abián quickly got into his tent to try and keep warm.
Luckily, some Russians came past in a car and stopped to help him!
They saw that he had black fingers and one leg was also showing signs of frostbite too.
They quickly put him in their car and took him to the hospital in the town of Magadan.
The video below shows the fragility of the tent. Abián a skilled cyclist is a janitor at a Spanish school, his great passion is cycling.
He has traveled on two wheels through Iceland, Mongolia, Iran and India.
Siberia has so far resisted him, despite this, José Andrés has assured that next year he will try again.
The Spanish cyclist is recovering well from his ordeal and will return to Madrid to continue with his medical treatment.