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Old 03-01-2014, 12:51 AM   #1
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Races to Places - Taking an adventure ride to the next level



TO HELP NAVIGATE, IF YOU SCROLL DOWN THIS FIRST POST, LINKS TO ALL MY POSTS AND VIDEO'S CAN BE FOUND HERE.



Well, here it is, the long overdue announcement of my next big challenge. I've been planning it for a while as you can imagine but now I can go public. Question is, where to put the thread, Ride reports or Racing It seems this is appropriate with a link to the racing thread for the various races.

So, here goes, this is a very quick overview / launch, more to follow in the coming weeks.

After successfully completing the toughest and most arduous race on the planet (The Dakar Rally) in 2013 it was time to look for the next challenge. It was difficult to identify what could ever beat such a huge undertaking and still deliver an enormous sense of achievement. What project could I put together that would satisfy my personal ambitions and also capture the minds of those individuals who wish to follow? What would make a great story, tie together everything that I am about, but yet be something like nobody has done before? Many months passed and a convoluted thought process progressed with a lot of dead ends and ‘not adventurous enough’ conclusions but eventually, the penny dropped and the answer was there. Timing is never perfect and big changes are never easy but opportunities that are close should definitely not be missed.

Expanding my focus from Races to Places I will set off on an adventure like no other. I will leave my place of work after 17 happy years, sell most of my possessions and ride my motorcycle around the world longitudinally and laterally, unsupported. Sticking to the unbeaten track, I aim to travel over 100,000 miles, over 50 countries and cross 6 continents. To make it even more of a challenge, as the opportunity arises I hope to compete in various races in different places on the same bike that I am travelling on. An adventure like no other, Races to Places is guaranteed to be a challenging and life changing experience for me and a fun experience for all of us.

I am delighted again to be part of the Adventure-Spec Team for this challenge, where there is a purpose as well as an adventure. This time I will be working in partnership with them, focusing my efforts on developing and testing the ultimate gear with a view to provide even more certified Adventure-Spec product to the market for you people to enjoy.

You can find out more and follow my progress through planning, preparation and the adventure itself at my new blog www.racestoplaces.com, which will develop more in the coming weeks. You can also find me on the usual social networking sources:

Follow me on Facebook by liking my page: www.facebook.com/LyndonPoskittRacing
Races to Places blog: www.racestoplaces.com
Twitter: @LyndonPoskitt

An adventure like this cannot be rushed, it will not be short and for me it will become a new way of life for quite some time. I am excited to share my plans and I hope you will enjoy being part of it. Standby for some interesting posts including an an all new bike build, it would not be a Pyndon project without that!

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Races to Places Gallery Posts:

Gallery 01 - Building Basil Bike
Gallery 02 - Basil Stretches his Legs
Gallery 03 - The ride from the UK to Greece through Europe
Gallery 04 - Hellas Rally Raid Greece

Races to Places Facebook Updates:

Races to Places Video Episodes:

Races to Places Trailer

Season 1, Episode 1 - Building Basil
Here we see an introduction to Races to Places and what it's all about as well as inside video footage and interviews from my garage back home in the UK where I prepared Basil the bike for the upcoming adventure.

Season 1, Episode 2 - Basil Speaks
After a long and arduous 36 hour buildathon in my garage, Basil the bike finally barks into life.

Special Feature - The Genesis of Basis Bike, the full time-lapse of the build

Season 1, Episode 3 - Basil stretches his legs
After hours of building and preparing the bike for this massive adventure, it was time to stretch the bikes legs at Fat Cat Motoparc near doncaster where Graham Jarvis and myself went head to head, not only in a go-cart but also on the bikes!

Season 1, Episode 4 - The Grand Depart
After months of planning and preparing for some 24 months on the road, the departure date sure did come around fast and after 17 years of going to work every day and living a relatively normal life, leaving everything behind for 2 years on the road was never going to be easy.

Season1, Episode 5 - Dust to Glory
After leaving the UK and riding all the way through Europe to arrive at Nafpaktos, Greece to take part in the Hellas Rally Raid, my ride to finish strategy was blown out of the window when I found myself in the top 10 and pushing for a result rather than a finish. The inevitable would happen, albeit a small fall the consequences were not quite as desired.......

Season 1, Episode 6 - When in Turkey, do like the Turks
It really was a whistle stop tour through Turkey but an essential one nonetheless. The trip planning with big brother (Walter Colebatch), the crossing onto the Asian continent and the cultural experiences along the way, here it is.

Season 1, Episode 7 - Rolls with no holes
With the border crossing into Russia closed due to a landslide, we were forced to spend a week longer in Georgia in order to get an Azerbaijan visa and take an alternative route into Russia. So with some extra time, we chose to ride off-road across the mountains from the west to the east of the country. Caught out by the back-end of the winters snow fall, we were determined to be the first people across the pass this summer.......

Season 1, Episode 8 - Don't judge a book by its cover
As we come to the end of Georgia and cross into Azerbaijan, we were surprised by the hospitality and the amazing off-road tracks available to us. Guns, chocolate spread, sausages and mechanical breakdowns, this episode was full of surprises.

Season 1, Episode 9 - Pull up and Party, Russian Style!
Our arrival in Russia was one that will never be forgotten. Picked up by a member of the border police, we were hosted in true Russian style for our first night in this vast country. Through Dagestan and Chechnya we rode some amazing trails and met some amazing people.

Season 01, Episode 10 - The Cars with no Curves
We investigate the history of the cars with no curves, an attempt at a little sight seeing proves that Lyndon needs to improve his knowledge of history. Luck strikes in Saratov with an amazing home-stay, an unsuccessful night cruise on pedal power and Basil gets out of his depths and goes for a swim.

Season 01, Episode 11 - The Travel Companion
In this episode we introduce Lukas, Lyndon's travel companion for a part of the trip. There's a thunder storm in Kazakhstan, some trading of tyres with the locals and bikes getting thrown on the. Curse words censored!

Season 01, Episode 12 - Ships of the Desert
As we bring Season 01 to a close on Races to Places here is a bumper episode including the very remote Aral Sea crossing in Kazakhstan and the shenanigans that went with it. Breakdowns, difficulties with the police, a shopping spree in the middle of the sea, horse meat and crashes, this episode has it all.

Season 02, Episode 01 - Octane Hunters
Season 2 of Races To Places kicks off with the Team back at Adventure-Spec HQ getting Lyndon and Lukasz resupplied with essentials for the tough ride that lies ahead. A stressful but successful emergency shipment completed is certainly a cause for celebration!
The action picks up where it left off with a ride through Uzbekistan. The target for this ride is the Rally Mongolia starting in Ulan Bator in a few weeks time. Once again the guys are welcomed in by the locals they meet and find incredible hospitality in this beautiful country...

Season 2, Episode 2 - Riding Solo
In this episode the dynamic duo Lyndon and Lukas part company due to technical difficulties leaving Lyndon to tackle the epic Tajikistan Mountains solo!

Season 2, Episode 3 - A Wheel that Carries Water
Lyndon continues his solo exploration of Tajikistan. Carnage in a tunnel gives an unforgettable if scary experience and he meets yet more friendly people to stay with.

Season 2, Episode 4 - Wetter than an Otters Pocket

As Lyndon continues his ride through Tajikistan, he tackles a road block, takes out a car wing mirror and gets wet in some fast flowing water.

Season 2, Episode 5 - Engine Blocks Abandoned in the Rocks. Closing my tour of Tajikistan an episode with more truly spectacular scenery and an interesting encounter with a lone cyclist.

Season 2, Episode 6 - Boats 'n' Yurts. Including a cool little overview of my favourite country so far, Tajikistan and then more great riding, this time through Kyrgyzstan. Meeting friends, staying with the locals and eating some truly incredible fresh food in the mountains. It really is a whole different world out there.
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:25 AM   #2
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Incredible

Fantastic idea, this should be one hell of a ride. Looking forward to hearing about bike choice and planning for such an incredible journey. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:07 PM   #3
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Cool!

If you're still in the UK on 18th/19th July there's Dirtquake III , and whatever bike you're on , there'll be a race class for it

Classes for Choppers , Inappropriate Road Bikes , and Street Tracker types

http://www.sideburnmag.blogspot.co.u...quake-iii.html

Good craic , and some interesting characters

Cheers good luck ,

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Old 03-01-2014, 04:35 PM   #4
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Old 03-01-2014, 04:50 PM   #5
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Sounds familiar

Oh ya, I day dream about stuff like this all day at work. Looking forward to this ride report, Good luck and safe travels to you.
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Old 03-01-2014, 05:38 PM   #6
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This is gonna be epic!!


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Old 03-01-2014, 08:17 PM   #7
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Very eager to see the build.

Good luck Pyn.
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:54 AM   #8
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Bike Build.....

So the bike is now built and I have filmed a complete time-lapse of the build to share with you all. I leave on my trip in about a weeks time. Details of the trip here:

TRIP ABOUT

Some basic bike build details here (video blog to follow!):

BIKE BUILD WITH PICS!

I've never been as busy preparing for a trip as I am with this one, but then again, I've never planned to be on the road for 18 months before :-)

Enjoy, once I hit the road there will be much more detail.

Lyndon

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Old 04-18-2014, 03:45 AM   #9
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When you get to New Zealand we have spare beds here if you need one (live in New Plymouth, west coast North Island).
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Old 04-18-2014, 03:49 AM   #10
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Pyn, any reason you have left out the rear cross brace for the luggage racks ? They are quite necessary to prevent twisting movement when loaded with luggage as you know from the 9x0 Adv luggage racks....

an oh, if you intend to do the AbuDhabi Desert Challenge next April, you're always welcome at my place.
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Old 04-19-2014, 06:59 PM   #11
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Lyndon, have a safe and enjoyable ride, best of luck during Races to Places and get in touch in case you make it to China one day ~ it's a small world...
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:29 AM   #12
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Very impressive bike prep, have ya given her a name yet? La Negra? Night Rider? Black Beauty? Blackie?

All kidding aside, have a super ride, or rides. If you see me I'll be the guy on a dirty sun bleached green KLR drooling.
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:01 PM   #15
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I will be following along with much enthusiasm. very nice bike!!
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