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Quinn Langbauer, a 2007 Sitka High School graduate, and former college roommate Mike Richard are hoping to bike about 7,500 miles across Siberia, and together they are one of the five finalists in the 2012 Outside Magazine Outdoor Adventure Contest.

If they win the voting on Outside Magazine’s Facebook page, then Quinn, Mike and Quinn’s younger brother Seth will win a $10,000 endowment for the trek from Leningrad to Vladivostok. During an interview Monday, June 12, on KCAW-Raven Radio, Quinn said he and Mike got the idea after reading the Mark Jenkins book “The Hard Way,” which was an account of his 1989 bike trip from Vladivostok to Leningrad.

During their video interview for the contest judging, Quinn and Mike said one reason for the trek is to see how Russia has changed in the 23 years since Jenkins’ trip, which came just as the Soviet Union was crumbling and Russia was just starting to embrace democracy.

If they win, they expect the trip to take about 6-8 months, starting next spring. Quinn, who now works as a chemical engineer in Midland, Texas, said he and Mike have been through a lot together, not just their time rooming together at the University of Wyoming. He said they get along well together, which should come in handy on a long trek such as this.

The contest winners will be decided by Facebook “likes” through the end of the contest on Sunday, June 17. To cast your vote, go to the link above (it does add an app to your Facebook page).

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