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RallyMoto CannonBall Challenge

RallyMoto CannonBall Challenge

Try roadbook navigation for the first time – UK RallyMoto CannonBall challenge Join me on a one day adventure doing the RallyMoto CannonBall challenge.

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If you have ever found yourself tempted to try Dakar style roadbook navigation before then this is an event for you. You just need an an android tablet and a road legal bike. This video I ride my Harley-Davidson Pan America on the 425km CannonBall challenge with Gab’s of Rally Moto

Who’s game for a ride?

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The route starts in north Wales and wiggles across the country down to south wales with some epic scenes! The roads, the landscape, the ride. It’s epic! 425km of it to be precise. You can sign up and get the navigation yourself…you just need a bike and Android device. Who’s tried roadbook before?

I also talk through a little more on how to read roadbook in this video. I hope you enjoy! Oh and who is going to try and beat our completion time?

RallyMoto CannonBall

More on the event:

You can complete in your own time, on sign up you will have 3 months to do it.

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding, Harleys and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebook and YouTube, and www.thegirlonabike.com.

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Behind the scenes of the Tunisia Desert Challenge

Behind the scenes of the Tunisia Desert Challenge

I promised a raw, real and honest behind the scenes of extreme rally racing…here it is! A three part series as the first women to ever enter the Tunisia Desert Challenge, an 8 day extreme rally raid. I’ve entered the full rally raid class, so up there riding with the pros, and it’s a full on 8 day moving bivouac race.

Part 1: The race begins…Tunisia Desert Challenge

This is part 1 of a three part series showing you the real behind the scenes of one of the toughest races out there.

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The girl on a bike vanessa ruck Tunisia Desert Challenge

In part one you’ll see what goes into getting to the start of the race. Getting to the start line is an hugely understated process in rally riding. The lead up, planning, bike building, preparing and of course finance is huge. It’s weeks of admin sorting insurance, ordering tyres, race licences and carefully packing the required safety and medical items, kit and tools needed for all scenarios.

Once you’re finally on the ground the admin continues as any good rally, such as The Tunisia Desert Challenge, have a meticulous sign off process to ensure every competitor is equipped for the challenges ahead. No safety flare and kit, no start. Not got the right riding kit, you’re not starting. No insurance, no racing. And the bike’s also inspected, including all your SAT kit for tracking to enable the mission control team can monitor you. If you’ve not got your admin sorted, it’s not going to be looking good! But the reality is that these checks safe lives 🙏

Disappearing into the desert solo on a bike comes with risks. But together the administration can help negate some of the risks.

I hope you enjoy, please do watch, let me know in the comments and remember to subscribe so you don’t miss the rest!

Part 2: It’s time to go into the desert… alone…Tunisia Desert Challenge

This is part 2 of a three part series showing you the real behind the scenes of one of the toughest races out there. This video is the first day into the desert, day 2 and 3 of 8 days riding. My nerves are really high, the riding intensity goes up as we hit the dunes. With some extreme terrain, described as as the hardest day’s riding they’ve ever done by a 10x Dakar finisher… day three is a tough day. I push on but just don’t have the strength. 16 motorcycles and a total of 30 vehicles were rescued that day. Check out my campfire in the desert….I also had a 4.5 hour ride in an 18 wheeler MAN sweeper truck being rescued. Getting back to the bivouac at 3.50 aim it’s ends with the unknown as to whether I will be continuing.

Part 3: Near death helicopter rescue – Tunisia Desert Challenge  – 1st female to enter behind the scenes PART THREE

Let’s just say things get even more intense! Bike issues, 7 hours in 45 degree dunes and a near death evacuation, then the 85mph sand storm, cancelled stages, stuck trucks, full bivouac life. Keep watching to the end to see how I place in the motorcycles category as the first ever female to enter the Tunisia Desert Challenge. I really hope you enjoy, I’m all cards on the table… honest and open.

Please do comment and let me know any emotions you have watching this Tunisia Desert Challenge series.

More information:

I’m riding the Beta 480 RR for the Tunisia Desert Challenge. I’m upped my game and did the full rally raid category so a 250km fuel range, full navigation tower, Michelin race rubber and tricked up Ktech suspension is just part in the build. I’m road with Desert Road Racing as my bike support, rally mechanics and all round knowledge pool as I take my rally riding to the next level. This was a BIG rally.

For more information on details shared in the videos:

  • Cardo Intercoms 15% off use https://cardosystems.rfrl.co/5gxzq
  • Desert Rose Racing: I highly recommend http://www.desertroseracing.com/
  • Active Collagen 20% discount with link: https://bit.ly/2y45MM3 or 10% off use UPVRUC10
  • 360 camera used – Insta360 ONE X2 discount: https://www.insta360.com/sal/one_x2?insrc=INRVDIU

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebook, TikTok, LinkedIn and YouTube, and www.thegirlonabike.com.

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Lapping the Island: Tenere 700 exploring Sardinia

Lapping the Island: Exploring Sardinia on a Tenere 700 Motorcycle

In Sardinia adventure and learning go hand-in-hand

It’s ironic how you feel most alive when your heart skips a few beats. We’d been warned in the morning’s training of some rocky terrain with a mix of deep sand, hard cracked slabs and loose stone but as my eyes skip ahead reading the terrain, I knew I needed to focus. A deep breath as I calmed my mind, relaxing into the bike’s rhythm and powering on. The deep sand grapples at the Tenere’s wheels, pulling, pushing. It’s a like a million little sand hands all desperate to throw me off. I roll on the throttle throwing my 62kg weight as far back as possible to let the 205kg Tenere 700 front end float.

Our rhythms settle and it feels like we’re gliding as we part the sand. My peripheral vision captures flashes of the sea crashing down below the jagged cliff tops just metres from the track. My senses are in override and I’m feeling smooth. And then bang. We hit the hidden slabs of bed rock. The wheel jumps, my body shudders. Clutching the bike with my knees we absorb, and ride on. Phew..

My Sardinia adventure Journey:

Pulling to a stop a mile later, my heart is racing, breath fast and deep, and my smile blinking huge. We were upright and my goodness what did we just ride? High fiving the guys in front our energies are ignited. Twisting back to see the others following… it’s a different scene. I spot two bikes down in the deepest patch of sand. Bars dug in, bike are like a dead weight. Watching as they draw their inner superman strength to lift in the sand, feet sliding and struggling for traction, I was very grateful to be watching and not digging holes on the Tenere 700 myself.

Learning with the Tenere 700

In Sardinia adventure and learning go hand-in-hand

On a trip designed to conquer two big purposes I could see in this moment exactly why combining adventure and training was a winning concept. Earlier that day in our off-road training camp we had been guided through the art of picking up an adventure bike. There are many ways to skin a cat and it’s the same with recovering a bike, depending on the scenario and how upside-down, backwards and embedded into the terrain you find yourself. It might sound simple but so many put their backs out and don’t correctly utilise the individual bike ergonomics. Or worse never actually try lifting it until amidst remote chaos.

Stood in a circle with the Tenere 700 lying ready for the next lifting victim I quietly watched, gracefully awaiting my turn – which was in fact me trying not to go next. But to my amazement, even with my reconstructed hip, using the bar squat method it was ‘easy’. It’s one of those tasks we seem to omit training for… instead finding ourselves out in the wildness with a blinking big bike that fancies a nap and a lie down. Swear words and tears. Today’s lesson has already helped my confidence, now to stay focused so I’m not putting the lift into practice for real.

Energies high we ride on and moments later we’re shifting weight on the twisty tarmac as we continue our circumnavigation of Sardinia. As the second largest Mediterranean island it’s described as a micro-continent with its diverse landscape – making it an adventure motorcycling mecca. A wilderness of untouched landscapes, mountains, woods, plains, stretches of largely uninhabited territory, streams, rocky coasts, and long sandy beaches.

In Sardinia adventure and learning go hand-in-hand

Sardinia has an incredible road infrastructure and arguably some of the best road surfaces in Europe – I didn’t see a single pothole! Add the potential to enjoy a full lap of the island in just a week, which is incredibly satisfying…it’s ADV paradise.

We enjoyed thrilling tarmacked roads to satisfy the road warrior needs, along with miles and miles of off-road pistes just begging to be explored on two wheels. It’s all about where you choose to ride. Our loop gave us a delicious blend of smooth and tight corners, cliff-side viewpoints, and straights to open the throttle – perfect for focused road riding refinement while enjoying endless breath-taking views. Intertwined with seamlessly planned tracks, rocky paths meandering into the mountains, sweeping across valley bottoms and river crossings. It’s simply breath-taking with as we hug the Mediterranean Sea.

In Sardinia adventure on Tenere 700

The minds ability to adapt to the terrain was really tested with such a mix of riding in Sardinia. One minute it’s sweeping tarmac, then it’s dusty tracks, more concrete, and then sand, slippery mud and rock climbs. And then more road with pegs scrapping and throttles rolled on. With on and off-road riding having some huge similarities, there are also some big differences.

I started out as the pre corner panick-er. Ignorant of road science or any training. I’d simply grab the brakes, always either too soon wasting time or too late causing rather uncomfortable moments of total alarm. The road training camps saw a light bulb moment where I actually understood how to translate my inputs into bike / road reactions. Simply reading the corner isn’t enough. You have to be able to react and adjust at any moment. The front and back breaks, just like off road, have their own roles, their own time and place in the corner. My body, formerly a sack of potatoes on the road needed a kick in the arse to move with the road. The corners formerly seeing widened pupils become a delightful dance. Rolling from tyre wall to tyre wall on the sweeping Sardinian roads. I even felt my side abs engage from leaning the beast over in so many corners. A corner tightening up unexpectedly became a non-event. From day one to six it was nothing short of a transformation in my road riding. The repetition across the week nailed it for me.

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With some of the top track racers turning to off-road to improve their skills an expedition with 50/50 on to off-road I knew it would be ideal to progress my riding in both areas. Each evening covered riding theory for the day ahead while enjoying local Italian wine. The morning brief recapped application for the day’s route and then the on and off-road training camps gave practical implementation with a watchful eye to tweak and perfect, kicking out those bad habits. The rest of the time was practice wrapped in adventure.

The hill climb

Luca our tour leader, stops the group to brief a technical hill climb. It’s rocky, jagged, rutted and water swept, and something we’re not all going to manage. We’d done the theory and build up to it, but this was a big one. As he scans around the group carefully selecting those few who have the riding skill to attempt, it was like being back at school – the popular kid selecting their favourites for their team… would I get picked? To my delight, Luca’s gaze locks on me. Vanessa, you’re up! Holy moly. Yes, oh gosh. Yes!

As I sit at the bottom watching the guys tackle the climb one-by-one, the tension inside is building. I can feel the heart pulsing in anticipation but there is a magical thing about having someone believing in you. The tour leader believed, having worked with me over the last few days, helping me gain control and confidence, he believed in me. If he believes in me, I believe in me! That’s one of my favourite things about riding with better riders, when they feel you’re capable, it’s a heck load of extra confidence to braap into something. Did I make it? I’m tickled to say, I bossed it!! Controlled, smooth and smiling! Moments like that, achieving something unexpected, that’s what tuition and adventures can enable.

In Sardinia adventure and learning go hand-in-hand with Tenere 700

A week’s expedition of amazing scenes, great company but all topped off by progressing my riding. Becoming a better version of myself on the bike while on holiday, now that’s a trip I recommend.

5 reasons a training adventure makes an ultimate holiday

1. Who doesn’t want to be a better rider?

2. Reduce your risk of injury AND bike damage by having more skill and confidence

3. Enjoy a holiday whilst getting a sense of achievement

4. It’s practice, practice, practice, accelerating the skill adoption with concentrated learning

5. You’ll meet other riders, expanding your friendships and skills hand-in-hand

Join Expedition Masters with Dainese

These are one off trips, organised by Dainese to combine improved skills, safety and one epic adventure. Previous trips include Sardinia and Iceland. As one of the largest motorcycle brands going Dainese team up with the best in riding tuition, pick the most suited motorcycle for the trip and organise everything. Included in the cost is a full Dainese adv riding outfit including AGV helmet, extensive training across the week, and a fully-inclusive trip with a support vehicle, fuel, food, accommodation, trail snacks, beer and all the local gen from meticulous planning. We had six days riding, covered roughly 1300km doing 9 hour riding days and got to see the best on and off road Sardinia has to offer. Expect to pay around €4999 per person.

Who is Vanessa?

Known as ‘The Girl On A Bike’, Vanessa took to motorcycling following a life-changing cycling accident. She’s always out and about adventuring on bikes and is on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you really want it.

Tenere 700

After seven days and 1,300 km travelling along the roads, mule tracks and most spectacular routes that Sardinia has to offer I feel comfortable saying the Yamaha Tenere 700 does exactly what is says on the tin. The Defender of ADV. Bare bones adventurer.

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebookLinkedIn and YouTube, and www.thegirlonabike.com.

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Ural Experience Centre Portugal

Ural Experience Centre Portugal

It looks like a bike. Feels like a bike. Smells like a bike BUT it most definitely doesn’t handle like a bike! Welcome to the land of adventure sidecar motorcycles…I visited the Ural Experience Centre in Portugal to get some training on how to ride an adventure sidecar motorcycle… but what many of us don’t consider is that…

Sidecars have hugely different reactions, unique controls, a whole extra wheel to think about and nearly half a tonne in weight. It completely transforms the riding experience. Often described as “death traps” for these exact reasons but with the right tuition they can be an epic adv experience so I’ve decided to learn from the best with the Ural Experience Centre Portugal. But will I have the aptitude? 🤯🤞🏼

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Ural Experience Centre Portugal

Why get training on a sidecar?

One of the key reasons to learn sidecars with an experienced team is due to safety. They really are like wrestling a bear at times. Rob made a fantastic demonstration of what can go wrong if you give the wrong inputs…

So what happens when you pull the front brake on an adventure sidecar motorcycle…. Certain death! This was an awesome but slightly terrifying demonstration by Rob on why the front brake needs serious respect when on three wheels. The front brake slows the bike but the momentum of the sidecar simply keeps going, forcing its weight to overtake the bike. Which basically means a very sudden change in direction – and if that happened on the road with on-coming cars…. Yikes.

Sidecars are not dangerous but when not controlled correctly they sure can be! This experience is amazing and will ensure you’re fully understanding of how to have fun safely!

So let’s talk about the Ural Portugal Experience

Here’s the full video experience, or keep reading for more details:

Giggles guaranteed – Ural adventure motorcycle sidecar expedition – part two

The Team


The Portugal centre is run by a wonderful couple, Rob and Zayne. As a pair they bring some serious years of sidecar experience to the table, so if they don’t know it, it’s probably not worth knowing. They are full of energy, buzzing to share the sidecar love and very knowledgeable in both the local area for top riding, but also in life with sidecars. We had an absolute giggle out riding, learning, and also over lovely wine with dinner.

Rob is fantastic at the tuition side, easily translating what I needed to do into processable riding inputs. He did sometimes take a somewhat serious approach, however that’s his safety conscious side working hard to ensure it’s a controlled experience. Thankfully with Emma and my sidecar capabilities progressing his training stepped up to align. They’re basically super flexible and will take the training at the pace you’re able to go. So pink flamingos in the sidecar…no problem.

Rob and Zayne are in for some fun! You can read more on them here – About us – Gusto Motorbikes.

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Rob and Zayne running the Ural Experience Centre in Portugal

The ultimate motorcycle holiday with a friend

It’s double trouble fun! Sidecars totally blew my expectations. I honestly didn’t think it would be quite such a hoot. The bit that really makes it for me is the experience with Emma Wolstenholme. Riding up next to each other, able to chat and giggle, absorbing and sharing the adventure but also co depending on each other. I have to ensure the bike and sidecar are powered and controlled but Emma has to manoeuvre her weight to support. I need her like she needs me. It’s a wonderful experience for two, especially when one is not a rider or less into bikes. We’ve had so many giggles today!

Ural Gear Up adventure sidecar motorcycles

This is not a modern high tech refined machine… but it’s not trying to be one and it somehow doesn’t need to be one. The fun comes for the experience, the ability to ride at a slightly slower pace but with more thrill from the journey. Powered by an air-cooled 745cc pushrod boxer with 42 hp and a minimal sprinkling of modern niceties the Gear Up feels vintage in all the right ways. The engine is working, you can almost hear the pushrods and rocker arms. It’s clunk but with character, so gear shifts have to be done deliberately and sternly. You have to ride it, bond with it and take control. And that’s something I really enjoyed. You almost have to ride it like you sole it and I mean that in a good way. You’re not hurting it, but with a lower performance, older style machine, you have to push it. Work it. Use the gears. And there is a lot of fun in that. Especially as you’re sliding sideways around a dust dirt track with your sidecar pillion hanging off to the side.

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Ural Gear up

It’s exciting and involving. You’re not going to get anywhere in a huge hurry and that brings a lovely simplicity to you. You have to take your time and enjoy the journey. It’s not fast, but it’s quick enough.

As a 1WD with 2WD capability machine there is some fun to have in where you can take it too. Engage the two-wheel-drive lever to lock the rear wheel to the sidecar wheel via a shaft and you have plenty of drive It’s amazing how much it pulls! Yes 2WD kills your cornering ability but as a tool to deploy when you NEED it, it’s an ace capability for the adventurer. You also have a reverse gear too if you get into trouble you can always go back the way you came. It’s also helpful in parking and manoeuvring as the unit is not exactly light – you’re looking at around half a tonne with riders and gear.

Not only is the fun for some adventures, it’s amazingly useful in everyday life. You can even get a trailer. Legally approved to take three riders… driver, sidecar monkey AND pillion… you have a three person vehicle when needed. You can also put an amazing amount in the sidecar trunk or use the sidecar space as luggage instead of passenger. Lot’s of space for grocery shops.

The specs might be old skool but the fun factor is high, and for me that’s where it matters.

You’re guaranteed a giggle with friends

I have absolutely no idea what’s going on other than insane giggles with my crazy best friend Emma, Fred the flamingo and a Ural sidecar….

Facilities

You’ll be sating with Rob and Zayne in their lovely home. They have two double rooms with bathroom facilities just for you. The house is clean, homely and comforting. The best bit is the yummy home cooked food prepared by Zayne, oh and the yummy local wines.

Ural Experience Centre Portugal facilities:

  • Home visit accommodation
  • Two double rooms and a twin room
  • Private bathrooms
  • Homecooking
  • Pool in summer months
  • Breakfast and dinner onsite
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Rob and Zayne’s at Ural Experience Centre Portugal

Riding terrain

With the experience aimed at new riders or experienced sidecar enthusiasts there is a huge mix of terrain on the doorstep. Our training was initially on local dirt tracks and quiet roads. Once my confidence and capability grew we went more adventurous on some pretty trick tracks and adventure runs doing some mileage

How to get there

You can fly to Lisbon airport, Portugal. You then need to get a 10 minute taxi to the train station and a 1.5 hour train ride. Rob and Zayne can collect you from there.

Rua Marques de Pombal 25

3105-433 Vermoil

Portugal

Ural Experience Centre Portugal Contact

www.uralexperiencecentre.com

How it works

A Ural Experience Day is structured as a full day of one-on-one learning and riding, both for basic and more advanced sidecar riding.

Each day is divided into two, with a break for lunch.

For beginners, the morning consists of an introduction to Ural Motorcycles and learning the basic skills that you will need to handle the machine confidently. In the afternoon, you will head out on a carefully selected route including local roads and tracks to demonstrate relevant riding skills and techniques. You will start with the basics, and progress from there in-line with the experience you would like to develop.

For more advanced riders, you will head out in the morning to refresh the basics before focussing on the specific techniques and experience you would like to develop. In the afternoon you will go further riding on more varied roads, tracks and terrain, all specifically chosen to build your experience and confidence for your adventures.

The Ural Gear Up (2WD) is the model used for Experience Days. It is also possible to undertake an Experience Day on your own Ural Motorcycle if you wish to gain more specific experience, learn more about its capabilities and explore new routes.

Each of our Ural Experience Centres operators will adapt the Experience Days offer according to the rider, location and weather.

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding, Harleys and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebook and YouTube, and www.thegirlonabike.com.

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Jarvis Signature Tours Romania Review

Jarvis Signature Tours Romania Review

Graham Jarvis, the legend Extreme Enduro rider and probably the first name that comes to most riders’ minds when they think of the crème de le crème of enduro talent. And it just got better…the legend has started a series of Jarvis Signature Tours, I’ve already been to the Spanish and Welsh ones but now it’s time for some Romanian fun with Jarvis Signature Tours Romania.

If you’re after your own Red Bull Romaniacs experiences or full training for Romaniacs then Jarvis Signature Tours Romania is the place to go!

Vanessa Ruck

Set up by an absolute legend, if you want riding progression and an epic adventure this is the place to go.

Riding progression and an epic adventure GUARANTEED

Jarvis Signature Tours:

✅ global locations
✅ full tuition available
✅ suitable for ALL experience levels
✅ bikes and gear
✅ enjoy trail riding, brush up skills or BOTH!

Watch the trip here or read on:

The first thing to mention is that by going to Jarvis Signature it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to ride with the man himself, Graham – you can but the dates are limited and you of course pay more. I had an absolutely incredible time there even without him. Graham has years of riding experience to teach, however he’s also still a full-time professional rider and so had equipped his school with some absolutely nails riders to stand in and deliver the ultimate hard enduro coaching.

Taking your riding to the next level

Depending on your goals they’ll push you as little or as much as you like. Nail some new skills or simply enjoy some chilled riding, either way you’ll have one hell of a time.

They’ve cornered the market for guided tuition trail riding for sure and I think the tuition really is the reason to head to Jarvis. Yes, it’s an amazing experience riding in Romania, but the big push for me is the riding development. Many tour operators can give you the odd tip but being able to really push you, spot your bad habits and take you to the next level is rather unique for the Jarvis offering.

Jarvis Signature hard enduro training
Yes… I rode up that with Jarvis Spain!

The team will push you as hard as you’re wanting to go!

Here’s a video from my other Jarvis Signature Tours experiences:

You can see how hard they pushed me, within my limits but outside my comfort zone. It was incredible.

Jarvis Signature Wales

Jarvis Signature Spain

Back to Romania:

Bikes

In terms of bikes Jarvis of course has his factory racing hat on, opting for a fleet of the latest Husqvarna enduro bikes from across the range of sizes. They’re made of hard enduro!

Facilities

Jarvis Romania is based on a large farm set in the rolling Romanian landscape. The large farm house provides a comfortable solace with comfortable rooms and a family feel. Enjoy a spread of breakfast options prepared on sight under the lovely terrace and hear the horses neigh in the background. There are lots of horses too as the family also run pony camps for children.

The bikes are stored in a large barn on sight with space for kit storage, keeping the mud out of your room.

Riding is a 30-40 minute drive from the farm, which the team organise with the bikes in a trailer. This enables you to start your riding in the best terrain, not having to do any road slogs to get into the depth of the Carpathian mountains. It also keeps local villages more at one with the bikes as big tours are not passing through at such a frequency. Happy locals means happy bike tours.

Jarvis Signature Tours Romania Facilities:

  • Gorgeous farm house accomodation
  • Latest Husqvarna enduro bikes
  • Limited kit rental available [orgnaise before trip]
  • Experienced hard enduro team
  • Onsite breakfast
  • Enjoy lunch at local restaurants
  • Access to Red Bull Romaniacs trails

Terrain at Jarvis Signature Tours

If you picture Red Bull Romaniacs then this is the terrain you’re riding! They team know all the best trails, they know previous Romanicas routes including Atom, Iron, Bronze, Silver and even the madness of Gold. If you want a Romanicas training trip or a way to experience the likes of Romaniacs riding then they is the ideal place to go.

The Romanian Carpathian mountains offer a huge variety of riding. the scenery is incredible and so is the riding. I would describe it as enduro on steroids! Take the riding nearly everywhere else on the planet and put it on steroids… hello Romania! They have different types of terrain, from beautiful high and medium mountains, big forests and green meadows, to rocky or muddy sections – and some serious hills climbs…of should I say mountain climbs. They go on an on!! So everything you need for the best guided enduro tours in Romania with Jarvis Signature Tours Romania.

Mr Graham Jarvis was of course with us too, as we know he’s a shy one, but I was really warmed to to see his energy towards the tours. He was welcoming and engaging and bloody awesome and showing me how things should be done. Tips from the king of hard enduro, that’s a winner!

The tuition is perfectly suited for ANY riding experience, from total novice through to expert. These guys are the top spec in riding capabilities and so there is something to learn for everyone.

Given that Jarvis has a busy race calendar, if you can’t get a date to ride with him I would not threat….For the very, very large majority of riders you’re going to learn as much progression from Graham’s team as you will from him as he really has employed a fantastic caliber of guys so don’t threat if you can’t get a date with Jarvis.

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Riding with Graham Jarvis

How far can you push it with Jarvis Signature Tours?

A huge attraction to me here is that Graham’s team know what it takes to push your riding to the next level. That means the guys know and are familiar with putting you into terrains that can at times be a big step up for you. But it’s ok, they are right there with you! They assess your capabilities and quickly know where they can safely push you. It’s not about reckless fun as at the end of the day no one wants to come home broken, and they certainly don’t want damaged bikes. But they do know how to safely push the limits and will talk you through exactly what needs to be done.

How to get there

Fly into Sibui in central Romania and the team will collect you from the airport.

Check flight cost and availability here.

Summary

In three days riding I went from totally unprepared for Red Bull Romaniacs to ready to race and feeling confident. Here’s why you need three days minimum pre Romaniacs:

  1. Day one you realised the terrain is like nothing else you’ve ridden, it’s like you have forgotten how to ride. Getting stuck, falling, failing. But the Jarvis team are there feeding you tuition.
  2. Day two the tuition starts to make sense, you’re adapting to the terrain, to the sheer scale of the riding in Romania. Confidence is building
  3. Day three it all starts to click and you’re riding like a boss with confidence. Romaniacs ready!

I learned more like a few months’ worth of progression. Graham Jarvis you’ve made something special here! Just a short flight to Sibui and you’re there. This is the place to train!

Jarvis Signature Tours Contact:

https://www.grahamjarvis.org/tour-explore

Here’s some video form riding Red Bull Romaniacs the week after visiting Jarvis Signature Tours Romania:

If you’ve had any similar life challenges, then I would love to hear from you. I’d also love to know if there are any topics you’d love to see me cover! Get in touch with me via email or Instagram!

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding, Harleys and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebook and YouTube, and www.thegirlonabike.com.

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Strata Florida – the UK’s best green lane

Strata Florida – the UK’s best green lane

With over 9 river crossings the Strata Florida is a very fun legal byway in Wales. It’s wide enough for big 4x4s but also great fun on two wheels. But be warned…it is a wet ride! Both with a lot of puddles and standing water that tend to been murky with hidden rocks, and also from the many rivers, it can be a sporty ride – making it my best green lane. This was a day riding with two friends, I was on the Honda Africa Twin along with Alex my husband, and then Nick was on a Tenere 700 – all three ADV bikes are largely standard with the addition of some extra protection bars / plates. We were also running 50:50 road to off road tyres, so nothing fancy. We’d had a few dry days so the water was manageable on the big ADV bikes but certainly some hairy deep parts, with 9 river crossings the Strata Florida is not one for after heavy rain.

This is quite possibly… one of my favourite byway green lanes in the UK.

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Here is the GPS route for the ride that I call the best green lane in the UK https://www.outdooractive.com/en/route/hiking-route/strata-florida-nick-and-vanessa/216659270/?share=%7Ezqdfsfzp%244osgopjn

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Royal Enfield Himalayan first ride review with Superior Motorcycle Experiences

Royal Enfield Himalayan first ride review with Superior Motorcycle Experiences

This is a three day adventure putting the Himalayan through it’s paces in beautiful English countryside. It’s also my first ride experience on the Royal Enfield Himalayan and what better place than down in Dorset, UK with Superior Motorcycle Experiences. There were some rather random moments too, from an epic sausage tower for breakfast to cow fights and even a massive lick, to sheep herding and water crossings. The Himalayan’s proved to be fun, friendly and really manageable bikes with a low seat height, intimidating power and insanely comfortable seat. Please check out my two part mini adventure videos for the full fun:

For reference I’m a female rider 169cm tall with 69cm inside leg.

Part 1 Superior Motorcycle Experiences Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure:

Part 2 Himalayan adventure

My highlights

  • Super un-intimidating bikes – no the Himalayan is not a high performance machine but it has everything you need to have fun and enjoy the Dorset experience
  • Fantastic food – I love eating and with Superior Motorcycle Experiences you get some top notch grub! The Migrating Chef with his support van meets you mid ride for coffee, yummy snacks and pastries, and exquisite trail side lunches.
  • Any level rider could enjoy this day
  • Our accommodation in the Ollerod, Beanminster – WOW this was a lovely lovely hotel, incredible room, amazing friendly team and epic dinner. 5 star from me and I really hope to go back someday.
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The Ollerod, possibly my favourite UK hotel

Any draw backs:

  • Instant coffee…it might sound picky but a fresh cafetiere with scrummy beans would be feasible from their kitted out van and would really add to the coffee stops over instant coffee. I’m a bit of a coffee lover!
  • Make sure you double check your feed requirements or you might get something listed anyway
  • You currently stay in hotels away from the bike HQ so have to drive back and forth BUT…soon they will have accommodation on site so that will be removed.

More on Super Motorcycle Experiences:

Superior Motorcycle Experiences offer luxurious motorcycle tours in Dorset, UK on Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycles. The team is focused on giving the best experience, from stunning boutique accommodation, to full van support with road side coffees and high quality chef delivered lunches, but all while also having a blast on motorcycles. We did a 50/50 road to off road 3 day tour, including a trip to the beach. Trips start from £175 from a day’s training, through to full 3-4 day luxurious adventures. Consider it a UK mini adventure holiday suitable for all riding experiences, including novice.
More here: Superiormotorcycleexperiences.com

I did the Dorset Trail Tour with Superior Motorcycle Experiences

This gives you a three day, off-road trail experience through Dorset’s spectacular landscapes surrounded in luxury.

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Exploring the wonders of the Jurassic coast on motorcycles

Trip included:

  • Use of Royal Enfield Himalayan
  • Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea from private chef
  • Guide, expert tuition and support rider
  • Followed by support vehicle (storage, emergency transport, refreshments)
  • Insurance
  • Inclusion in Chedington’s carbon off-set tree planting programme
  • Fuel
  • Mechanical support
  • Navigation and planning tuition session
  • 3 nights of accommodation
  • Photography and souvenir package

This is ideal for those from notice riders all the way to more experienced in off-road riders, and gives a really fun mini adventure experience. The tour format started with a clear briefing before some skill training to develop technique. I found this a really good refresher and reminder, but would also be ideal for a notice rider. We did exercises to help perfect the correct riding position, such as riding with one arm, some bike handing skills and the all important, how to pick up a bike training. The tour promises to enhance your skill set and confidence whilst exploring a stunning selection or terrain and obstacles in Dorset.

These multiple day package is tailored to provide a comfortable, fun and memorable off-road adventure holiday. Each day starts off from their specialised HQ in the heart of rural Dorset. After a hearty breakfast provided by our private chef [which was EPIC], each day will see us tackle a diverse range of on and off-road routes, providing variety, challenges, stunning scenery and plenty of hidden tracks and trails all over the South West. With scenic coffee-stops, a well-stocked support vehicle, carefully chosen hospitality locations and luxurious over-night accommodation; these packages are perfect for those who want to experience exhilaration and adventure, with plenty of home-comforts. They also offer all-female tours with our Ride leader Emily.

Royal Enfield Himalayan Specs:

Engine size 410cc
Engine type Single cylinder, 4 stroke, air cooled, SOHC, fuel injection
Frame type Half-duplex split cradle frame
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 185kg
Front suspension Telescopic, 41 mm forks, 200 mm travel
Rear suspension Monoshock with linkage, 180 mm wheel travel
Front brake 300 mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper
Rear brake 240 mm disc, single piston floating caliper
Front tyre size 90/90 – 21″
Rear tyre size 120/90 – 17″

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Adventure motorcycle riding Iceland – The land of fire and ice with RideWithLocals

Adventure motorcycle riding Iceland – The land of fire and ice with RideWithLocals

Adventures can start on your doorstep – but Iceland offers motorcycle riding experiences like nowhere else on Earth

See Part one of the Iceland motorcycle adventure:

Part 2 continuing the Icelandic bike adventures:

A jolt through the bars pulls my focus back as my mind battles between reading the rapidly unfolding terrain and being distracted by the staggering scenery wrapping around me like a never-ending film set. That was close! I grip tighter with my knees as my rented Husqvarna 701 writhes beneath me in the thick volcanic sand. Stones are flinging past from the bike ahead. Everything feels loose and visceral – but I’m in control. I feel alive. And I’m on the stops, pinned across what feels like another planet, rear wheel spinning, hopping and dancing as it scrabbles for traction. That was the moment I realised Iceland with RideWithLocals is pure riding bliss.

‘The terrain rolls beneath my wheels like a conveyor belt of challenges’
Iceland by motorcycle – It’s the sort of ever changing landscape which only a bike can let you fully explore

‘The terrain rolls beneath my wheels like a conveyor belt of challenges’

Minutes earlier I’d been teetering frantically, working to balance and control the bike across technical jagged rocks. Riding slow, moving, leaning, shifting the weight and searching for traction with the rear wheel, eyes fixed ahead looking for the next obstacle yet constantly flicking about, mesmerised by the lava field around me. I mean, how often do you get to ride on a lava field? Created during the Laki eruption in the late 18th century, it’s a vast 565km2 ocean of jagged rock, soft moss, deep ash, and jaw-dropping scenery. And you can ride right through it. RideWithLocals, was I really still on Earth?

The terrain rolls beneath my wheels like an ever-changing conveyor belt of challenges: Rocky and technical one minute, soft ash fields and rivers the next, then hard lava beds, and ruts, long weight-back full throttle loose surface straights, deep sand, aggressive boulder fields, snow and ice… It’s an off-road playground of every terrain imaginable. Nothing about Iceland is normal. Nothing remains the same as you hop from one extreme to the next.

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Lava field riding adv motorcycle Iceland with RideWithLocals

‘Nothing is normal. How often do you get to ride on a lava field?’

Raging force of nature

Having lost count of the river crossings I was feeling quietly confident every time a raging torrent blocked our path. Pick a line, stand on the pegs, steady and gentle on the throttle and staying loose to absorb those unseen rocks beneath the surface. But as the group pulls up to the biggest crossing yet I could feel my heart thumping. At least 20 metres wide, it was also deep and flowing fiercely. Our guide, aptly nicknamed Mini Viking, starts depth testing on foot (I can’t help being amused that the person with the shortest legs has been tasked with seeing how deep the water is…). It’s the ultimate way to flood your boots with freezing glacial melt-water, but also the only way ensure a safe crossing. Hundreds of miles from civilisation, a drowned bike is to be avoided at all costs.

Mini viking scoping the river depth
Mini viking scoping the river depth

Mini Viking gets halfway. The water is gushing well above his knees. I’m still amused, but it’s not looking good for the bikes. Firing up we track parallel to the raging force of nature, searching for a more forgiving crossing point. Then we spot two hikers on the far side of the river, shoes still in hands from having just waded through. If they’ve made it across here, we certainly can. Although I’m bemused by them being here at all – how far have they hiked? It’s been a long way, and hard going on the bikes.

Crossing point chosen, it’s my turn. My heart is racing, the bike’s leaning on me holding ground against the flow. With water right up to the air filter’s limits it’s a three-man job escorting each bike. I’m tense, my legs feel like I’m struggling in wet concrete as I fight the flow, the boulders invisible as the murky water tries to tip me into the flow. Lactic acid builds in my arms as I grapple to hold on, it somehow feels like one of the most demanding manoeuvres ever. Every force being exerted wants to tear the bike from under me. Going under now could be ride ending, but working together sees our party of seven all make it across. That’s some guilt-free beers earned.

‘Working together sees our party all make it across’

It’s a three-person job getting each bike through
It’s a three-person job getting each bike through

Lonely planet

The landscapes are like nothing you’ve seen

There is something eerie about riding in such remoteness. The reassurance of the RideWithLocals support truck being on standby is great – but out here, we’re essentially on our own. It’s a novelty when we see a 4×4 bouncing through the landscape, smiles and that nod of mutual respect for being out exploring this unforgiving wilderness bringing a sense of camaraderie. We’re staying in huts mostly only reached by long distance horse riders. They’re fuelled on hay – but we need more appetising food and our bikes need spares and fuel – none of which are available out here. Without our support truck, we’d be walking and hungry in a matter of hours.

Every evening the truck would meet us at our night stop, meaning the luxury of not having to carry luggage and that was key to the pace we rode at. We travelled to our ability, focused, fast and adapting to the terrain. Every crest bringing a new challenge, a new feast for our senses and a test for our skills.

Huge waterfalls and a 701 rented from RideWithLocals
Huge waterfalls and a 701 rented from RideWithLocals

Off-road bikes in their natural environment

Spa day on bikes motorcycle Iceland

“Pack your bikini today…” says our guide as we get set for another day in this lava landscape. Playing it cool, I sip my morning coffee and nod, but I couldn’t even begin to imagine what was coming. Amidst the breath-taking remote mountains we approach an old picket fence, falling apart, paint peeling, abandoned and being reclaimed by nature. Weaving through a tight gap, brushing through overgrown bushes and then my jaw drops. A thermal pool appears before us, a steaming cyan oasis ready to soothe our bike weary bodies. Formerly a pool for the geo-thermal plant workers, it now appears largely disused and is missing the pool-boy, but the water was crystal clear and fed by a natural spring. People say the tourist-soaked Blue Lagoon is a must see but I’d pick an isolated spot like this any day. This is the only situation where bikinis and motorcycles should converge.

Come in, the water is lovely. For once that is really true

Land of ice and fire with RideWithLocals

Viking pulls to a stop and points to the ground. I’m perplexed and dismount as he crouches down returning with a palm of wild crowberries. Riding with the locals gives insights to the land we’d easily miss. Iceland, with winter weeks of total darkness and short summers, is a unique ecosystem. He explains that damaged flora can take up to 30 years to repair. I’m mesmerised by the realities of the land of fire and ice, and the knowledge that comes from riding with the locals means that a detour from the track into the moss for a photo vanishes from our minds – it could never be worth a 30-year scar to this delicate landscape.

Over 2.5 million tourists visit Iceland each year to see the big sights. Hot spas, waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, tectonic plates and lava fields. They pack into coaches or hire cars. But riding here with RideWithLocals on off-road bikes changes your perspective. We can discover the must-see spots from the less trodden tracks, skipping the crowds, and seeing things most tourists might only glimpse from the plane window. We rode up close to Hekla, slept below the Myrdalsjokull Glacier, recharged in an abandoned spa, explored huge craters without a soul in sight, picked across lava fields, crossed valley basins and crested mountains, riding volcanic ash berms. It was riding heaven combined with cultural and geological discovery: A trip only motorcycles can make possible.

Riding close with Hekla volcano
Riding close with Hekla volcano

There’s always time for a photo

Learn more about Iceland with my 15 facts to know article and video.

Six things to know to motorcycle Iceland – RideWithLocals

‘Ditch the tent, stay in mountain huts’

  1. Icelanders welcome riders with enthusiasm to explore the thousands of miles of little-known tracks. However, with a fragile ecosystem so vulnerable to ruin from a misplaced foot, it’s easy to see why it’s illegal to leave the tracks.
  2. Rapidly changing weather – sunshine one-minute, sideways rain the next, vicious winds, snow, hail and rainbows. We hit the first river crossing 60 metres from turning off the highway. So pack waterproof socks… it’s wet.
  3. You don’t need to be a pro off-roader but you do need to be comfortable on the pegs for long days riding with a huge mix of terrain, including sand and deep water crossings.
  4. Ditch the tent and stay in mountain huts – log cabins with toasty hot showers and comfortable mattresses.  The locations and the views – that’s how to see Iceland.
  5. Never call an Icelandic horse a pony, no matter how small! They’re loved, ridden and, er, eaten. As one of the only animals tough enough to live out Icelandic extreme winters it’s an ideal meat source and worth a try.
  6. The biggest volcanic island globally with 30 active volcanos and treacherous terrain. Having the right communications, heaven forbid should you need it, is essential. Our guides had that sorted but it’s vital to mention.

The Trip – Explore Iceland with RideWithLocals

Local knowledge RideWithLocals, the only Icelandic enduro company and based just a 2h 45min flight from the UK. A fully-inclusive motorcycle Iceland trip on Husqvarna 701s with a support vehicle, fuel, food, mountain hut accommodation, trail snacks, beer and all the local gen from the Vikings running it. We had six days riding, covered roughly 1400 km doing 9 to 11- hour riding days and got to see the real Iceland – which is unseen by most tourists. Expect to pay around €4400 per person. www.ridewithlocals.is

Warm and dry riding motorcycles in Iceland is priority number one! Here’s my kit list:

Adventures can start on your doorstep with RideWithLocals– but Iceland offers motorcycle riding experiences like nowhere else on Earth

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Jarvis Signature Tours Spain Review

Jarvis Signature Tours Spain Review

Graham Jarvis, the legend Extreme Enduro rider and probably the first name that comes to most riders’ minds when they think of the crème de le crème of enduro talent. And it just got better…the legend has started a series of Jarvis signature Tours, with the first in Spain.

Set up by an absolute legend, if you want riding progression and an epic adventure this is the place to go.

Riding progression and an epic adventure GUARANTEED

The first thing to mention is that by going to Jarvis Signature it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to ride with the man himself, Graham – you can but the dates are limited and you of course pay more. I had an absolutely incredible time there even without him. Graham has years of riding experience to teach, however he’s also still a full-time professional rider and so had equipped his school with some absolutely nails riders to stand in and deliver the ultimate hard enduro coaching.

The Team

The main guy to mention here is Luke Copestake. He’s an experienced hard enduro rider and more akin to a mountain goat on a bike than one of us mere mortals. Luke has a great knack at being able to translate what he does riding into tuition and steps that you can apply. For the very, very large majority of riders you’re going to learn as much progression from Graham’s team as you will from him as he really has employed a fantastic calibre of guys so don’t threat if you can’t get a date with Jarvis.

Taking your riding to the next level

Depending on your goals they’ll push you as little or as much as you like. Nail some new skills or simply enjoy some chilled riding, either way you’ll have one hell of a time.

They’ve cornered the market for guided tuition trail riding for sure and I think the tuition really is the reason to head to Jarvis. Yes, it’s an amazing experience riding in Spain, but the big push for me is the riding development. Many tour operators can give you the odd tip but being able to really push you, spot your bad habits and take you to the next level is rather unique for the Jarvis offering.

Jarvis Signature hard enduro training
Yes… I rode up that!

The team will push you as hard as you’re wanting to go!

Here’s a video from my Jarvis Signature Tours experience:

You can see how hard they pushed me, within my limits but outside my comfort zone. It was incredible.

Bikes

In terms of bikes Jarvis of course has his factory racing hat on, opting for a fleet of the latest Husqvarna enduro bikes from across the range of sizes. They’re made of hard enduro!

Facilities

In terms of location they couldn’t be close to the trails, in fact, you don’t even need to set a foot on roads. Straight out of the private compound and the trails start. They’ve got an ace setup too in a beautiful Spanish villa set in the remote mountains. I think the only thing they’re lacking after a tough day hard enduro riding is a pool or hot tub but then again, a few days our enduro riding certainly isn’t a spa break.

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Jarvis villa in Spain

Jarvis Signature Tours Spain Facilities:

  • Gorgeous villa
  • Rockstar energy fridge
  • Latest Husqvarna enduro bikes
  • Full kit rental
  • Experienced hard enduro team including Luke Copestake
  • Onsite breakfast
  • Enjoy lunch at local restaurants
  • On side hard enduro course
  • Access to Andalucia trails straight from base

Terrain at Jarvis Signature Tours

You’re off-road immediately from the house with a mix of large fire tracks, small single track, technical and sweeping riverbeds and more hill climbs and descents that you can shake a stick at. You even have the chance to hard enduro style conquer rocky riverbeds, it’s incredible.

How far can you push it with Jarvis Signature Tours?

A huge attraction to me here is that Graham’s team know what it takes to push your riding to the next level. That means the guys know and are familiar with putting you into terrains that can at times be a big step up for you. But it’s ok, they are right there with you! They assess your capabilities and quickly know where they can safely push you. It’s not about reckless fun as at the end of the day no one wants to come home broken, and they certainly don’t want damaged bikes. But they do know how to safely push the limits and will talk you through exactly what needs to be done.

How to get there

Fly into Malaga in southern Spain and the team will collect you from the airport.

Check flight cost and availability here.

Summary

In four days riding I learned more like a few months’ worth of progression. Graham Jarvis you’ve made something special here! Just a short flight to Malaga and you’re there. This is the place to train!

Jarvis Signature Tours Contact:

https://www.facebook.com/Jarvissignaturetoursspain

Here are some of my favourite photos from our trip with Jarvis Signature Tours Spain:

Here’s some video from my Jarvis Signature Tour hard enduro training

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Tour Enduro Sardegna, Sardinia Review

Tour Enduro Sardegna, Sardinia Review

Sardinia is definitely a hidden gem in Europe for enduro and hard enduro riding and Tour Enduro Sardegna have it nailed!

The varied landscape and ability to ride so much terrain unhinged really exceeded my expectations. Tour Enduro Sardinia have an incredible knowledge of the local terrain, navigating seamlessly and knowing a huge mix of trails. Terrain included highly technical rocks, mountain passes, rocky riverbeds, valley bottoms, highlands, forest trails and all largely single track, plus some big fast sweeping fire tracks. Everything from steps, hill climbs, descents. waterfalls and mud to keep you on your toes. One day even enabled a mega loop to the coast for lunch.

More on Tour Enduro Sardegna here: TourEnduroSardegna.com

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Incredible Sardinian landscape for enduro heaven

The accommodation was a beautiful ‘farmhouse’ villa block with onsite breakfast and dinner. I had a lovely comfortable big room and nice bathroom, set with views of the mountains. It was gorgeous. Lunch was in local restaurants, where I thoroughly enjoyed the local Sardinian cuisine.

Marco, the man behind Tours Enduro Sarginia is an absolutely fantastic rider! Akin to a mountain goat, so the ideal guy to show you around.

Tour Enduro Sardegna group riding
Tour Enduro Sardegna riding

I choose to rent a Husqvarna TE300i from Marco and it was fantastic. The perfect weapon and in great well-kept condition. You can also bring your own bikes if preferred.

Marco doesn’t have kit to hire but I always take my own so that was not a problem.

Would I go back to Sardinia? 100% I think it’s officially my favourite hard enduro riding location in Europe now. It has such a mix of terrain, the skill development and training is superb.

Tour Enduro Sardegna is a massive thumbs up from me!

Here are some of my favourite photos from my trip with Tour Enduro Sardegna:

Here’s some video from my Tour Enduro Sardegna trip:

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