A team of six ABRs from across the UK is setting off on a 2,000-mile back-road round trip via the famous Land’s End - John O’Groats route to raise money for charity.
The Lejog Tour Crew will depart from Ollerton, Notts, on Monday 9 April and head down to Land’s End to take on the 1,060-mile ride up the length of the UK to John O’Groats, before returning to Ollerton on Saturday 14 April. The team hopes to complete their motorway-free ride in just six days, to raise a target £6,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Among the fold is Triumph’s calibration Engineer Paul Badcoe, who’ll be eating up the miles aboard a brand-new Triumph Tiger Explorer. “I’ve worked for Triumph Motorcycles for 17 years now and have been involved with the introduction of all new models from the Thunderbird range in the late 1990s right up to the current day with the launch of the Tiger Explorer,” he says.
“I’m very pleased Triumph is supporting our fund-raising tour. I’m sure that most people have at some point had a friend or relative who’s suffered from cancer. All the riders taking part in Lejog have had personal experience of this; we’re dedicating this tour to those who live with cancer on a daily basis and in memory of those who’ve unfortunately lost their fight. We want to make a contribution to the great work that Macmillan does during these difficult and often heart breaking circumstances.”
Lejog’s unique non-motorway route will see the assorted six bikes, including a BMW R1200 GS, a Suzuki GSXR 750 and a Kawasaki ZX7R, ride from Land’s End-Chester via the A39, Chester- Loch Lomond via the A76 and Loch Lomond-John O’Groats via the A82 before heading back towards Ollerton via the scenic A9 coast road.
“I’m really looking forward to riding the Triumph Explorer over such a long distance because in my normal role as a calibration engineer I only get to ride test bikes over a very short run!” says Paul. “Let’s hope we’re also able to raise some money for a really worthy cause.”
To show your support, go to www.justgiving.com/teams/lejogcrew. You can also follow the lad’s progress at www.facebook.com/Lejogcrew