Patsy and crew at Desert
Rose are providing the support package for my Dakar attempt.
Their web-site is on the links page and worth a look as
Patsy has all sorts of training and other packages which are
designed to let people work up to Rallyes or whatever
motorcycle competition they are aiming for. Big thanks to
Patsy and Zippy for organising training in Morocco –
teaching me how to read a road book – keeping me positive
after I mashed my bike and my collar bone – prepping my bike
for the Tuareg Rallye - providing brilliant pit support at
the Dawn to Dusk in 2009 and generally being an inspiration.
On top of all the things she's done as a business women she
was also the first British woman to finish the Dakar.
Charlie has many roles in
enduro racing and is responsible for building this web-site.
His scottishenduros.co.uk is the bible/forum/essential
resource for all people racing or spectating or running
enduros in Scotland. However, his main contribution is being
perhaps the most enthusiastic and approachable ambassador
for enduro sport in Scotland. There are vast numbers of
riders who have started the sport (or indeed stayed in the
sport after a particularly awful event) based largely on the
fact that Charlie is always supportive, upbeat and always
willing to help.
Gray/Brad Cairns – Wilderness Wheels
I first met Peter on my
first ever trip to Morocco to ride off road. He taught me
how to ride in the desert and promptly proved how the desert
can bite back by flying off Erg Chebbi flat out in fourth
gear – he still limps sometimes. Since then I've been out on
tours with Peter and Brad on various occasions and raced the
Enduro d'Agadir with their support in 2006 and 2007. Peter
came and raced the Dawn to Dusk in Wales in 2005 with Mike
Robertson and I. Check out the Wilderness Wheels website on
the links page if you fancy having a go in the desert –
these guys are the most patient and encouraging (and
challenging sometimes) guides and coaches.
Kriega support lots of riders in Enduros
and Rallyes. Their kit is properly designed and pretty
indestructible. Big thanks to Dom at Kriega for providing
some essential kit for the Dakar.