Marathon send-off for Nick Sanders

Join the send-off for around the world traveller Nick Sanders' latest 55,000 mile adventure and sample some of The Hairy Bikers grub too!

Posted: 10 April 2008
by Visordown News

THE SAME day as tens of thousands of runners tackle the London Marathon – one man embarks upon his very own personal test of endurance.

In the 120 days that follow, maverick motorcycle adventurer Nick Sanders will cover a distance equivalent to more than 2,000 marathons, as he rides up and down and all around the globe on his most extreme motorcycle challenge ever.

Unlike the thronging masses who will pound 26 and a quarter miles of city streets, Nick has no medics or support crews on standby along the way, nor will he often have the luxury of smooth tarmac beneath him. But Hein Gericke is hoping that, as well as clothing and equipment, it can also help provide him with a crowd of supporters at start of this remarkable – and Nick’s final – 55,000-mile solo odyssey.

Supporters are invited to Nick’s official farewell event at Hein Gericke Stockwell (320 Clapham Road, SW9), where, from 1pm onwards, TV chefs, The Hairy Bikers, will be serving up suitable snacks to those attending. There will also be special offers, prize draws and the chance to quiz Nick on his incredible journey, before the man himself leads a ride-out, leaving Stockwell at 4pm, to his official start point at the Greenwich Meridian.

Riders who can’t make it to the Stockwell event are also invited to meet up with everyone outside the Greenwich Maritime Museum at 5pm for an official photocall and send-off.

Nick will then set off from this parallel line of 0º longitude to travel through every other time zone aboard his trusty R1. And he says that anyone wishing to ride alongside him, for as far as they like, on the UK leg of his epic journey is more than welcome.

“Sure, there are some concerns about travelling through places like Kenya because I don’t know what to expect or believe.” Nick commented. “But with seven trips successfully completed, I’m pretty confident I can ride my way through most situations. The weather is my prime concern, but bearing in mind who my main supporter is, I’m absolutely ready for the challenge.”

From the launch date onwards, anyone wanting to keep up to speed with Nick’s progress will be able to log on to www.hein-gericke.com/parallelworld for an interactive map of his route, regular video podcasts, pictures and blogs direct from Nick, plus the chance to send him messages of support.


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Who's Nick Sanders ?

Posted: 11/04/2008 at 03:31

He makes fairly bad motorcycle based documentaries that have a lot going on but say very little.

Posted: 11/04/2008 at 10:09

He's Ewin McGregor's mate isnt he?

Posted: 11/04/2008 at 10:26

He has a first class honours degree in inflictive narcolepsy

Posted: 11/04/2008 at 10:35

The sub title "Join the send-off for around the world traveller Nick Sanders' latest 55,000 mile adventure " kinda tells you who he is really doesn't it?

Posted: 11/04/2008 at 11:17

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Posted: 11/04/2008 at 12:13

uneasyrider wrote (see)
He has a first class honours degree in inflictive narcolepsy

uneasyrider wrote (see)
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Oh I dunno. He keeps me awake with the drivel he spouts simply cos I cant quite believe what I am hearing.

If he stuck to making a documentary rather than trying (and failing) to make some flowery poetic narrative with "philisophical" musings it might be a whole heap more watchable.


Posted: 11/04/2008 at 14:01

I've spoken to Nick a few times now and he is a sound bloke, no bullshit, just down to earth and friendly.

So boring he may be to some, but I'd like to wish him all the best for what is claimed to be his final round the world trip, but which I strongly suspect won't be.

Hope he takes pile cream and deep heat treatment!

Wouldn't mind going on one of his group trips, but couldn't afford it sadly.


Posted: 11/04/2008 at 16:51

Can't argue with the fastest ever round the World trip - on an R1 in something like 14 days, wasn't it? Pretty interesting, I reckon.


Posted: 11/04/2008 at 16:53


DPScott wrote (see)

Can't argue with the fastest ever round the World trip - on an R1 in something like 14 days, wasn't it? Pretty interesting, I reckon.

Just cos the trip is interesting doesn't make him interesting.

Posted: 11/04/2008 at 17:01

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