Over 20 ABRs applied for the Trailquest-run expedition in January this year. These were whittled down to six riders through the company’s rigorous selection process, assessing riding ability, team work, practical skills and physical fitness. The final six (now five) then underwent a series of arduous training sessions at various Trailquest facilities and on Bodmin and Dartmoor.
“The aim has been to do something a little different from the standard form of motorcycle tour and provide a real expedition with uncertain outcomes for those taking part,” explains Trailquest’s MD, Captain Richard Jeynes.
“During the recce phase one 200m section took almost two hours to complete. Success will depend on individual initiative and team work. As a group, those taking part have bonded well and are now ready to face the real challenge.”
The five-man team has covered a syllabus in preparation for the ride including off-roading, navigation, survival skills, rope work, personal security, anti ambush drills and first aid, led by the staff at Trailquest which comprises mostly ex-forces personnel.
The Napier Trail is one of a series of challenging expeditions organised by Malvern-based company Trailquest, which operates in areas as diverse as the Arctic to the Sahara and has trained teams completing RTW, trans-America, and trans-Africa expeditions.
Trailquest is currently recruiting for its Search for King Solomon’s Mines expedition, due to depart for Ethiopia in September 2012. For details, click here.